If you’ve been struggling to cope with the summer heat during the past few days, you’ll be happy to know Sony has conjured up a wearable that functions like a portable air conditioner.
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The Reon Pocket is designed to slip in a special pouch on the underside of a tailor made shirt. From there it blows cold air down your neck via a process called thermoelectric cooling.
The unit is very compact and lightweight (85 grams), about the size of a credit card, so is hardly noticeable. Sony says during testing it reduced the wearers back temperature from 36C (97F) to 23C (73F). Perfect for keeping cool in future heatwaves!
“Reduce the discomfort due to various temperatures such as hot summer outings, crowded train heat, cold winter outings, etc., and get comfortable in summer and winter,” the company explains.
The Bluetooth-enabled unit adjusts to the desired temperature automatically on the fly and can warm up the air as well. You also have the option of doing manually, through the app.
The small size of the thing means battery life is not that great. About 90 minutes is all you get between charges. So a portable power bank might be useful for those afternoons out in the sun.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to use the portable air conditioner this summer. The device is currently being offered through Sony’s First Flight crowdfunding program in Japan. The platform allows the company to assess whether there is enough interest to take a concept from idea to real-world product stage. The campaign has been a success and is now fully funded.
Backers have donated a pretty reasonable ¥12,760 ($117) each. That’s not really too much to pay for something as useful as this.
If all goes well with product manufacturing, Reon Pocket should hit the market early next year. Hopefully in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
While you’re waiting, check out the device in the short video clip below.
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