I love my remote control. Thank you Nikola Tesla!
I have a theory that one of the big reasons this country has gotten increasingly fat over the past four decades isn't because of high carbs or high fat or giant portions of food. It's because we're so remote control crazy! Remember the days (and anyone under 25 probably doesn't) when we actually had to get up from our couches and change the channel on our televisions? Or turn the volume up or down or adjust the vertical hold (for those under 25, vertical hold wasn't a hair product)? I won't even get into rabbit ears.
Anyway, I didn't know that Nikola Tesla actually had a U.S. patent for a remote control-like device in 1898! The big leap in the technology came in the 1950s, when Zenith created a remote control that attached to the TV by a long wire. Then, in 1956, Robert Adler created the Zenith Space Command, the worlds' first wireless remote. And quite possibly the coolest name for a remote control ever made.