Samsung’s newly unveiled solar-powered TV remote might be the next big craze for electronic companies looking to try and convince the public that they actually care about the environment. Debuted last night, Samsung’s Solar Cell Remote Control is exactly what it says on the box: a TV remote powered by the sun. It’s actually a great idea if you think about it; no more having to worry about throwing out dead batteries and rushing to the shops to buy replacements. The planet has let out a small sigh of relief.
Samsung’s stated that the Solar Cell Remote will assist in preventing “waste from a projected 99 million AAA batteries over seven years.” It’s an admirable attempt at going greener and definitely a less ridiculous approach than Apple who tried to convince the world that removing the charger from the box of the iPhone 12 was purely a way for the company to help save the environment.
Solar and thanks for all the fish
Let’s dive into the actual construction of the Solar Cell Remote Control because even its construction has been designed with the environment in mind. The device is made from 31 grams of plastic of which 24% is derived from recycled materials, namely polyethelene terephthalate. What exactly is that? A quick Google search revealed to us that polyethylene terephthalate is the “most common thermoplastic polymer resin” in the world. Probably well overdue for a good recycle then.
The remote obviously also comes equipped with the titular solar cell which can be charged with sunlight, indoor light and a USB if you’re living in Alaska and hardly see the sun. Honestly, the strangest part of this announcement is that it didn’t come sooner. A solar-powered remote control feels like something that should have been kicked out into the world much sooner because it doesn’t seem all that difficult to manufacture. Hopefully, more tech companies take note of this and follow a similar route.
(Source: Tom’s Guide)