Samsung unveiled a barrage of smart TVs at CES 2022 including some QLED, Micro LED and lifestyle-centric models. A new range of TVs will undoubtedly come with a set of remotes, which will require power to operate, and Samsung has come up with a novel solution to keep them topped up.
Samsung’s new Eco Remote uses a seemingly obvious, but hard-to-implement method that requires a gadget found in most households- a Wi-Fi router. The remote essentially uses the radio waves emitted by a router to top up its battery. Now, the ability to charge batteries using radio waves isn’t exactly new technology.
It is viable only for devices that do not consume a lot of power, and remotes happen to fall in that category. Alternatively, one can also charge the remote via the included USB Type-C port or sunlight. Samsung has a few other outrageous ideas in the pipeline that could power its future remotes. The kinetic energy generated when the remote is in motion could soon be redirected to the battery.
The move comes as a part of Samsung’s larger push to get rid of AAA battery-powered remotes. However, it’ll be a while before Samsung does away with them entirely, especially for its more budget-focused offerings. Nonetheless, it is a step in the right direction to reduce the monumental amount of waste generated by discarded batteries.
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