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Google TV is about to get a remote that never runs out of power

There's no date for when to expect the remote to launch.

Published onJanuary 12, 2023

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Adamya Sharma / Android Authority
  • TW Electronics revealed a new Google TV remote at CES 2023.
  • The remote has technology that uses light to keep the battery charged.
  • There’s no launch date yet for the remote.

It’s a pain when the batteries in your remote die, especially if you don’t have an extra pair to replace them with. But a future Google TV remote may make that a problem of the past with its self-charging battery.

At CES 2023, TW Electronics revealed a new Google TV remote. While it uses the same button layout as the default Google TV remote, there’s something that makes it a little different from other Google TV remotes.

Like a solar battery charger for your phone, this remote has a photovoltaic panel that lets it use light to recharge the battery. This panel is provided by Swedish customizable solar cell manufacturer Exeger.

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

Although this isn’t the first self-charging remote we’ve ever seen — Samsung has one of its own — it is the first one ever made for Google TV.

As you may have noticed while reading the tweet, there’s no mention of a launch date. The company has not given any information on when to expect the device. All that’s known right now is it will come out at some point in the future. When it does, it’ll be nice to have a remote you don’t need to worry about in terms of battery life.

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