Japan unveils remote that runs sans battery

Don't you hate it when your TV remote runs out of juice? Or when your clicker gets totaled by a battery leak? NEC and Soundpower may have a solution.

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Don't you hate it when your TV remote runs out of juice? Or when your clicker gets totaled by a battery leak? NEC and Soundpower Corporations' new battery-less remote control may be the solution. This technology is based on three key components:

  • Vibration power generation that harnesses energy created by clicking a remote button
  • A microprocessor that transmits and receives data in varying bandwidths
  • A power supply controller that drives the electronics with minimal electricity

It will probably take some time for this technology to mature, but both companies are planning to promote its adoption in the consumer electronics market as early as 2011. That said, do we have to click such remotes furiously just to get them running fresh out-of-the-box?

(Source: Crave Asia via Tech On)

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