Wednesday, July 6

Samsung’s new Eco Remote charges via Wi-Fi – forget AA batteries

No more searching for AA batteries: At CES 2022, Samsung introduced its new Eco Remote, the first remote control that can be charged wirelessly via the router.

The company’s first Eco Remote, unveiled at CES last year, gave consumers a new solar-powered charging option. But this year’s Eco Remote presents a really significant improvement. By harvesting RF energy from your Wi-Fi router, the remote completely eliminates the need for any kind of traditional batteries.

In fact, the Eco Remote doesn’t even have a battery of any kind inside its case. Instead, it contains a capacitor that is capable of storing small amounts of energy that it collects from any 2.4 GHz RF signal within 40 meters. That’s a pretty solid amount of coverage, which means this technology is a step above other wireless charging options regularly used for smartphones and other small devices.

The new Eco Remote is also compatible with the aforementioned solar charging option. This means that if for some reason your router is turned off or cannot pick up the RF signal, the remote can still be charged by placing it upside down under a lamp or other important light source.

We do not recall any other consumer device that harvests energy using RF, although concepts it has been talked about in the past. Never having to charge your remote or change your batteries might seem like a minor added convenience, but life is hard enough sometimes so we’ll take what we can, right?

Unlike last year’s Eco Remote, which only came in black, Samsung’s new Eco Remote comes in black or white and is made from recycled materials. The remote will ship with all Samsung 2022 QLED 4K and 8K TVs.

Be sure to check out the latest product news on our CES 2022 Live Blog, which we are updating with the latest announcements.

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