No Battery Remote Controls open new era of slick devices

November 20, 2009 § Leave a comment

Battery-Less Remote Control Prototype by NEC is powered by vibrations

Battery-Less Remote Control Prototype by NEC is powered by vibrations

Finally someone thought of powering remote controls with vibrations produced by pressing on buttons. That means no more ” Honey the remote battery needs to be replaced!!” or repeated pressing for changing the channel when the battery dries out.

Another good thing that comes out of this is that there will be less toxic waste in the land fills, something that battery manufacturers won’t be very happy about.

The technology is being targeted for 2011 and is made possible by NEC Electronics, a NEC subsidiary and SoundPower. SoundPower has developed a vibration-based power generation device which coupled with NEC’s microcomputer that is able to transmit/receive data ranging from several tens of MHz to several GHz and a power unit capable of driving circuits with small amounts of power made possible the prototype you can see in the image below:

Battery-Less Remote Prototype By NEC

Battery-Less Remote Prototype By NEC

I know some SMS-writting maniacs that would power their smartphones with this technology so who knows where will we see it implemented next. Hope is high for less batteries and more renewable and smart energy.

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