Meteorologists say that July was the hottest month on record, and this oppressive heat shows no signs of letting up. But fear not, as Sony has come up with an innovative product called the Reon Pocket, a wearable air conditioner that fits in your pocket and can be controlled by your mobile phone. Sounds pretty crazy, right?
The Sony Reon Pocket utilizes thermoelectric cooling and heating to give you relief from the steaming hot summers as well as cold winters. As you can see from these photos, you simply place the small device into a special undershirt with a pocket at the base of the neck, and then control the temperature via an app.
It can supposedly drop your body temperature by 23 degrees Fahrenheit or raise temperature by 14 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing you to stay nice and comfortable no matter the climate. It has a battery life of 90 minutes and a charge tie of two hours, so it’s better suited for walking to and from work rather than being worn all day.
“It’s supposed to be used in 15 minute (increments) because it’s supposed to be used in an environment without heating and cooling, such as from house to station or from station to company”, said Yoichi Ito.
Sony is looking to launch the Reon Pocket in 2020, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics. It’s currently available from Sony’s First Flight crowdfunding platform, which means it is only available in Japan for now, with a price tag of about $130.
Here’s hoping that we get it in the United States as well, as it sounds like a game changer. No more coming into the office a sweaty mess for me!