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Sony Unveils Wearable Air Conditioner That Sits in a Shirt Pocket

July 26th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Robots & Machines
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Beat the Heat

With global temperatures rising at an alarming rate, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid melting into a sweaty puddle during the summer months.

Now, tech giant Sony has come up with a futuristic solution to the problem of staying cool: a tiny personal air conditioner that fits in a shirt pocket.

Cool Tech

Sony calls its personal air conditioner the Reon Pocket, and it’s worn just below a person’s neck in the pocket of a special undershirt. Once the device is in place, the person can control it using a smartphone app.

According to Sony, the Reon Pocket can decrease a person’s body surface temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). It can also raise it by 8 degrees Celsius (about 14 degrees Fahrenheit) if you wanted to use the device in the winter months to stay warm.

Orders Up

Sony is currently taking orders for its wearable air conditioner on its First Flight crowdfunding platform, with the cost of a single device ranging from 2,760 to 19,030 yen (about $117 to $175).

At the time of writing, the device was 57 percent funded with 23 days left. If the project does meet its goal, backers should get their devices around March.

Unfortunately for those of us sweltering in the U.S., however, First Flight products are only available to customers in Sony’s home nation of Japan.

READ MORE: Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Should Be Ready for Next Year’s Heat Wave [Gizmodo]

More on global warming: New Research: Global Temp Rising at Fastest Rate in 2,000 Years