This TV remote uses radio waves from the router for charging : The Tribune India

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San Francisco, January 3

Samsung at CES 2022 showed off a new TV remote that uses radio waves from the home router to stay charged.

The company previously showed off a solar-powered Eco remote for its 2021 TVs at the CES event last year.

This year, Samsung added RF (radio frequency) harvesting capabilities that allow the remote to retain its charge by “collecting radio waves from routers and converting them into energy,” reports The Verge.

The new Eco Remote can also be charged from exterior and interior light or via USB-C.

The TV remote “is intended to better complement Samsung’s ‘lifestyle’ TVs like The Frame, Serif and Sero.

Samsung’s visual display business is making its TVs more sustainable by adopting eco-friendly packaging and solar cell-powered remote controls.

The remote control is made from renewable plastic and powered by photovoltaic energy rather than disposable batteries.

“Assuming a typical TV is used for about seven years, changing the batteries in its remote control just once a year would mean that 14 batteries would be used and thrown away,” according to Kwanyoung Kim, a Samsung engineer.

“If we apply this figure to Samsung Electronics’ predicted annual global TV sales, this equates to approximately 99 million discarded batteries. If we apply that to total annual TV sales, that’s almost 3.1 billion batteries,” the company said last year. —IANS

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