Samsung is debuting its latest energy innovation at this yr’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES)—capturing the energy in radio frequency alerts emitted by house Wi-Fi routers to energy a TV remote management. The expertise is a part of Samsung’s said mission to make shopper merchandise extra environmentally pleasant.
Last yr, Samsung debuted a TV remote at CES (the Eco Remote) that could possibly be charged utilizing both room-light or daylight, or utilizing a USB cable. At the time, Samsung officers famous that 99 million AAA batteries are discarded each seven years (the common life expectancy of small gadgets like TV remote controls). Most of these batteries wind up in landfills the place they discharge large quantities of poisonous supplies. To handle the issue, Samsung started placing rechargeable batteries of their small gadgets and offering methods for them to be simply recharged, corresponding to utilizing the identical charger that is used to cost telephones.
This yr, Samsung’s new remote might be recharged in a number of methods. It can harvest energy from synthetic room mild, from daylight, from a USB cable, and now additionally by capturing the energy in radio frequency alerts generated by Wi-Fi routers. The concept is that most each house now has such a router that distributes Wi-Fi entry to a number of gadgets used within the house. Samsung has additionally added a brand new colour choice for its Eco Remote—white. The firm suggests the lighter colour (the prior model of the Eco Remote got here solely in black) enhances its “lifestyle” TV units.
Over the previous few years, Samsung has additionally saved its buyer base knowledgeable on its progress in growing new expertise to take away non-rechargeable batteries from its small gadgets. One choice they’ve been wanting into entails capturing kinetic energy that outcomes from the motion of a TV remote in a person’s palms. They have additionally appeared into capturing among the energy launched as sound waves by people talking into their remotes as a part of voice instructions. Thus far, such concepts stay merely conceptual concepts, although primarily based on the latest historical past of the Eco Remote, it appears attainable a number of of them might wind up being launched at subsequent yr’s CES.
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