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


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I didn’t think one of the coolest things at CES 2022 would be a remote. And yet, here we are. Thank you, Samsung. Seriously though, Samsung’s new remote is pretty damn neat.

Let’s go back to CES 2021. Samsung brought a Eco remote control that stored solar energy that was used to charge an internal battery. This year’s model, along with using solar power, can convert routers’ radio waves into energy, keeping it fully charged.

Router radio waves are usually not used because they are only good for very low power devices. It turns out that a remote control is an ideal candidate: you don’t need a lot of energy to use it and it stays inactive for a long time, allowing it to be recharged.

Harvesting radio waves is not a new idea, but the technology rarely finds its way into actual products that you and I can use. Now the remote control can not only work on RF energy; the upgraded Eco Remote also uses solar energy from outdoor or indoor lighting and has a USB-C port as a backup.

As Samsung pointed out with the previous model, using solar power alone could avoid wasting 99 million batteries in seven years, or the average life of a TV.

Apart from its environmental friendliness and the ability to charge in different ways, the Eco Remote is a remote control like any other. On the front are all your standard buttons, including shortcuts to popular streaming services like Disney+, Netflix and Prime Video. And speaking of the environment, the Eco Remote is made from recycled materials and this year in a fresh white color.

Best of all, the Eco Remote isn’t just a marketing plan designed to increase goodwill; Samsung says the new remote will be included with all of its 2022 TVs.


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