Radio waves

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

Samsung eco-friendly remote control

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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. Thanks Samsung. Seriously, Samsung’s new remote is pretty damn cool.

Let’s go back to CES 2021 for a second. There, Samsung released a Eco remote control this stored solar energy which was used to recharge an internal battery. This year’s model, in addition to using solar power, can convert radio waves from routers into energy, ensuring it stays fully charged.

Radio waves from routers are generally not used as they would only be good for very low power devices. It turns out that a remote control is an ideal candidate – you don’t need a lot of power to use it and it sits idle for long periods of time allowing it to recharge.

Harvest radio waves isn’t a new idea, but the technique rarely makes its way into actual products that you and I can use. Now the remote cannot work on RF energy alone; the upgraded Eco remote also uses solar power from the outdoor or indoor light and has a USB-C port as a backup.

As Samsung noted with the previous model, the use of solar power alone could prevent the disposal of 99 million batteries over seven years, the average life of a TV.

In addition to its respect for the environment and its ability to be recharged 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 while we’re on the subject of saving the environment, the Eco Remote is made from recycled materials, and this year it comes in a fresh white color.

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