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Steve Wozniak was one of the co-founders of Apple and is credited with designing the Apple I and Apple II computers. In 1987, as part of his company CL 9, he introduced the first remote control device that could “learn” infrared signal patterns from other remote controls. This meant that it could be used to operate multiple home electronics, such as televisions, VCR machines and music stereo systems. The CORE (Controller of Remote Equipment), as it became known, was not a commercial success. The commercial failure of the device has been attributed to the level of programming required to make it function. It’s also thought that the majority of consumers were already comfortable with the idea of using separate controllers for each device they used. In 1988, Wozniak began negotiating the sale of the company’s technology and patents so that he could move on to other projects.