In yesterday’s roundup of the good, bad and ugly in new remote controls, we included one photo of a vintage remote: the Zenith Space Command. We identified it as the first TV remote, gave some . Find great deals on eBay for zenith space command remote . Shop with confidence.. Which came first: the TV, or complaining about what you're watching? For years, changing channels meant an arduous climb out of the La-Z-Boy, until electronics pioneer Zenith came to the rescue.. The future of home entertainment technology, as presented in this 1972 television ad for Zenith's Space Command remote controls.. You have to love this damn Internet we have here. The answers are out there. Granted, you can’t simply Google anything to answer all the obscure questions, like which exact models of remote controls came out fifty years ago, but what you can do is find the people who probably do know.. Zenith modified the Space Command remote control with the benefits of transistor technology (and still using ultrasonics), creating small hand-held and battery-operated remote controls. Over nine million ultrasonic remote controls were sold..