Eugene Polley, Wireless Remote Inventor

Eugene Polley enabled us to watch TV from the couch and bed, flipping channels, muting sound and turning the TV off with a push of a button.

What’s most interesting about his invention is that It was promoted as an ad canceling device.

You can even shut off annoying commercials while the picture remains on the screen. (link)

Today, we set the DVR using the remote control to skip through ads.

The remote is powerful because it gives people the ability to customize their TV viewing experience without interruption. As I wrote yesterday, right now we’re still seeing a manually operated social world.

While the iPhone remote is naturally in our hands it makes it even more difficult to silence the noise. Status posts can be just as annoying to the experience as irrelevant commercials.

Instead of editing, how about one button that turns all social channels off so we don’t get bombarded by push notifications, nor will we have tendency to check our feeds.

We need a wireless social remote like we did the TV remote where all broadcasts can silenced with a touch of a button.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.