NEC Battery-Less Remote Control

nec_remote_controlNEC have announced that they are working on a new type of remote control that can convert small amounts of vibrations in a remote control caused by button pressing in to enough power to create an infra-red signal to control a TV. The system doesn’t require batteries because the energy created is enough to keep the remote powered.

Although just a prototype at the moment, it could be quite a handy system to have. We all know that batteries don’t run out that quickly, but occasionally they do and it’s just something else to not have to deal with as you’ll never be out of power with this unit.

It is expected that these remote controls will start becoming available with appliances sometime in 2010.

Via: CG

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