Samsung’s new TV remote uses radio waves from your router to stay charged

Samsung’s new TV remote uses radio waves from your router to stay charged

CES is at all times a second when firms reiterate their dedication to environmental causes and trumpet their newest, extra environment friendly merchandise and packaging. After introducing a solar-powered Eco Distant for its 2021 TVs, Samsung is again once more with a brand new model that comes with a fairly fascinating trick.

Just like the earlier Eco Distant, this one might be charged with photo voltaic vitality, however Samsung has additionally added RF harvesting capabilities that allow the distant protect its cost by “gathering routers’ radio waves and changing them to vitality.” Neat. You don’t see this in lots of devices — principally as a result of it’s actually solely sensible for low-power units. However remotes definitely fall into that class.

Apart from the brand new RF harvesting possibility, the Eco Distant might be charged from each outside and indoor mild or (for the quickest outcomes) over USB-C. Samsung says it’s introducing a white mannequin of the distant this 12 months, which the corporate says is supposed to raised complement its “life-style” TVs like The Body, Serif, and Sero.

As with the unique distant, the intention right here is to ditch AAA batteries. Samsung has beforehand estimated that switching to solar-powered remotes may keep away from 99 million discarded batteries over the course of seven years. It has additionally explored different methods of self-charging the interior battery akin to “harnessing the kinetic vitality that’s created when the distant is shaken” and “utilizing the vibrational vitality that’s created when the microphone picks up sounds.” However this time round it settled on including RF harvesting as one other technique to maintain the clicker functioning everytime you want it.


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