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This new remote control from Philips uses a solar panel to recharge itself from room light.

The new 42PFL6805 LCD HDTV from Philips boasts a “green” feature that you won’t find on the screen; the set’s remote control has solar panels on the back so that it can recharge using the light available in the room. In my experience, we get a year or two from a set of batteries in our remote control, but I can see how a battery or two a year from millions of TV sets can add up to a significant environmental issue.

The Philips remote is not the first to be solar-powered, but I believe it is the first to be included as a standard feature with a television set. So a tip of the hat to Philips for trying to make a practical contribution to helping the environment. Just don’t lose this remote in your sofa cushions or it will run out of power.

Posted by Alfred Poor, November 8, 2010 5:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.