This Google TV remote never runs out of battery

This Google TV remote never runs out of battery

The Chromecast with Google TV has a battery-powered remote control. Which is not the most ecological, nor the most practical. Fortunately, manufacturer TW Electronics has introduced a Google TV remote that uses a photovoltaic panel.

Source: Arnaud Gelineau for Frandroid

The Chromecast with Google TV (4K) or its older HD model both have a remote that runs on two AAA batteries. This means that you sometimes have to replace or recharge the batteries. At CES 2023, which took place in early January in Las Vegas, the TW Electronics brand presented a wireless remote control that charges itself, thanks to a fairly logical trick.

A Google TV remote control with a photovoltaic panel

We know solar panels on houses, on electric cars like the Lightyear 0, or even on external batteries or solar generators. But TW Electronics installed a photovoltaic panel on a remote control for Google TV. Developed in partnership with Exeger, it recharges using light… and not just sunlight.

Excited to announce the launch of a self charging, battery free #remotecontrol powered by indoor light. Developed with #Exeger,the device is #GoogleTV ready and easily integrated into your existing system. Get in touch with us for more details.#CES2023 #solarpower

— TW Electronics (Newbury) Ltd (@NewburyTw) January 12, 2023

According to the manufacturer, it can be recharged with the light of an interior room: no need a priori to place it in the sun all day so as not to run out of battery. In fact, photovoltaic cells can collect ultraviolet radiation reflected from any surface: that’s why you don’t need to put the remote control in the sun. In addition, these cells can pick up the light emitted by the bulbs depending on whether the emitted and received wavelengths are in similar intervals.

On the design side, the installation of a photovoltaic panel obviously has an impact: the remote control is longer and thicker. However, the layout of the buttons remains the same as on Google’s Chromecast models. However, the brand seeks to reassure and mentions a remote control that ” easily integrates into your existing system “.

However, it is not the only remote control that ” recharges itself “: Samsung had already designed one in the past. The latter took advantage of CES 2023 to present a remote control that charges with electromagnetic waves. Nevertheless, it is the first that was created for Google TV. For the moment, no launch date has been announced, the same for the price.

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