A large swath of Earth, including the United States, Europe, India, and Pakistan, experienced deadly heatwaves in June and July 2019. If the recent headlines are to be believed, heatwaves are going to continue throughout the foreseeable future.
While the heat might be no shock to those with central air conditioning who live in newer buildings or areas of the world frequently touched by the unrelenting heat, not everyone is so lucky. While some have the luxury of working indoors with the A/C blaring or at least a fan nearby, some others have to get creative when it comes to beating the heat while working outdoors.
Fortunately, there’s relief on the horizon for those of us who find ourselves melting into sweaty piles of goo for at least some months each year. Sony has a cool futuristic idea up their sleeves—or maybe we should say in their pocket.The tech giant unveiled a tiny wearable air conditioner small enough to fit into a shirt pocket. The Reon Pocket is meant to be worn below the neck in a pocket of a custom shirt. The air conditioner can be easily adjusted via smartphone app.
Sony claims the Reon Pocket can decrease a person’s surface body temperature by 23 degrees! It can also be used to raise body temperature—by approximately 14 degrees—during the colder months.A single device will set you back about $117 to $175—or 2,760 to 19,030 yen. Orders can be placed via Sony’s crowdfunding platform, First Flight, created back in 2015 to finance new projects and promote new ideas developed by Sony employees.
Sadly, projects on First Flight are only available to customers in Japan. But if enough backers support the campaign—which is currently 68 percent funded—Sony might get the Reon Pocket on store shelves before reaching the point of no return.