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Samsung Remote Control Charges on ‘Wasted’ WiFi Energy

The company unveiled a new version of the device that includes a tiny antenna to capture Wi-Fi signals from a distance of up to 40 metres


The new Samsung Eco Remote comes with a built-in microphone for use with a voice assistant. Photo: Samsung Electronics

 

Samsung Electronics has created a television remote control that does not require batteries, as it draws power by harvesting otherwise wasted energy emitted by wi-fi routers.

The South Korean consumer electronics giant originally launched the Eco Remote as a solar-powered device last year.

At the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas, the company unveiled a new version of the device that includes a tiny antenna that can capture Wi-Fi signals from a distance of up to 40 metres.

That allows it to charge even in dark rooms, the company said.

Samsung said the remote could prevent 99 million AAA batteries going to landfill over the next seven years.

“Disposable batteries are not the best for the environment,” a Samsung spokesman said. “The remote is made from recycled materials, making it even more eco-friendly.”

The company said it would include the remote control with new televisions and other home appliances.

 

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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.

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