SMK Corp unveils a TV remote control that never needs batteries. At the TEXPO 2008 in Shinagawa, Tokyo SMK shows their prototype unit, which uses a trigger powering a small flywheel that provides the 20-30ma needed to control the TV.
Operation of the alternative power remote is quite simple. One pull of the trigger changes the channel, tow pulls turns the TV on or off. The volume is controlled by pressing a button and then pulling the trigger.
The No Battery Remote Control is not slated for production at this time, but SMK, a leading remote control manufacturer, is one company that could make it a reality if they decide to go with the concept.