For almost 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show has been the largest technology convention, bringing together various companies to demonstrate their latest advancements. When it comes to technology and innovation altering our lives for the better, there are many expectations for CES 2022 this year.
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Following the release of the Eco Remote at CES 2021, which saves solar energy to recharge the internal battery, Korean tech giant Samsung has redesigned the solar-charging remote once again this year. Along with using light to charge the battery, Samsung claims that the new Eco Remote can transform radio waves from the network into energy to keep it completely charged.
Using radio waves from the router to charge the battery is a really clever idea, as router energy would otherwise be wasted. Several other firms have dabbled in radio frequency (RF) harvesting in recent years, while the technology appears to be best suited to low-power devices like TV remotes.
The Eco remote features a solar panel on the back and specialised buttons for streaming apps like Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video. The remote is composed of recyclable materials, which fits well with Samsung’s environmental objectives.
Previously, Samsung explored with alternative methods to avoid using AAA batteries. These included self-charging the internal battery using kinetic energy generated when the remote was shook and even using vibrational energy generated when the microphone picked up sounds.
Unlike last year, the Eco remote will be available in white this year to match the design of Samsung’s lifestyle TVs.