Samsung is churning out new and improved TVs this year, like all years, which we’re sure are great. But on a more atypical note, Samsung is nodding to sustainability with a reimagined remote control equipped with a solar cell for power.
Not that you’d have to go stick the thing on the back deck to recharge; indoor lights can power it up, as can a standard rechargeable battery (via a USB-C port). Samsung estimates that’ll save, well, a lot of AAA battery waste in years to come.
The company says that the solar-powered remote control will help “prevent waste from a projected 99 million AAA batteries over seven years.” Of course, you could help mitigate that by using rechargeable batteries in the first place, but a solar-powered remote control would at least reduce dependency on them. Samsung has said it’s also taking steps to increase eco-friendly packaging in 2021.