CES is a regular occurrence when businesses reiterate their environmental commitments and tout their latest, more efficient goods and packaging. Samsung has returned with a new version of its solar-powered Eco Remote for 2021 TVs, which comes with a novel feature.
Eco Remote can be charged from both outdoor and indoor
Like the previous Eco Remote, this one can also be charged with solar power, but it also includes RF harvesting capabilities that allow it to retain its charge by “collecting routers’ radio waves and converting them to energy.”
Aside from the new RF harvesting setting, the Eco Remote can be charged from both outdoor and indoor illumination or (for optimum results) via USB-C. This year’s white version of the remote, according to Samsung, is intended to complement its “lifestyle” TVs such as The Frame, Serif, and Sero by being more subdued.
The goal with this remote is to eliminate AAA batteries, just like the original one. Samsung has predicted that replacing conventional remotes with solar-powered ones may prevent the discharge of 99 million batteries during a seven-year span. It’s also tested different ways to charge the internal battery, including “harnessing the kinetic energy that is generated when the remote is shaken” and “utilizing the vibrational energy that is produced when sounds are picked up via the microphone.” However, this time around it decided to include RF harvesting as a method of keeping the clicker operational whenever you need it.