Beat the summer heat and how! Sony launches wearable AC priced around Rs 9,000
Beating the heat has been a big problem for many - the summer seems endless and is then followed by the mind-numbing humidity during the monsoon. And, Sony might just have solved this problem for you. The Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation has just launched a unique air conditioner (AC) that you can wear with your clothes.
Beating the heat has been a big problem for many - the summer seems endless and is then followed by the mind-numbing humidity during the monsoon. And, Sony might just have solved this problem for you. The Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation has just launched a unique air conditioner (AC) that you can wear with your clothes. The portable AC, called Reon Pocket, releases cool air through a small rear panel. The device is claimed to be smaller and lighter than a mobile phone and can be worn using a special undershirt. The AC runs on a rechargeable battery which can last for 90 minutes after two hours of charging.
The company claims to have adopted Peltier element for this AC which is normally used in car and wine coolers. The users would be able to change the temperature of this AC by smartphone via Bluetooth connection. The product is a crowdfunded project by Sony and is currently available only in Japan. The company is yet to reveal if the AC would be made available in India or any other overseas market.
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The target amount under crowd funding is 66,000,000 yen and the company has already received 28,236,670 yen. The cost of the portable AC including the undershirt is 14,080 yen (Rs 8,992.61). The inner wear for the wearable air conditioner is found in 'S', 'M' and 'L' sizes and is made only for men only.
The device needs to inserted in a pocket inside the neck of the innerwear. The AC is powered by a lithium-ion battery and supports Bluetooth 5.0 LE connected phones. The wearable AC is not waterproof, but any dirt, sweat, water droplets that stick can be wiped off with a hygroscopic soft cloth.
Interestingly, this isn't the first attempt to create a wearable personal thermostat. Before Sony's Reon Pocket, Embr Wave was unveiled at CES 2018. There have been several other heated clothing items meant for use while skiing or snowboarding. What works in favour of Sony's latest offering, as suggested by the company in a video, is the fact that is its size which will allow it to fit surreptitiously underneath a regular business shirt.
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