Sony Corporation has developed a perfect solution to heat and hot weather. The company introduces a wearable air-conditioner, called the Reon Pocket.
The Reon Pocket, which is from the company’s startup acceleration program, is a small device that fits in a shirt pocket and can keep you cool or warm at the touch of a smartphone app. Reon Pocket is controlled by a Bluetooth device to pairs with a smartphone for temperature controls.
According to reports, the AC can be worn as a special undershirt. The size and weight of the device is smaller than a mobile phone, and the AC releases cool air through a small panel on the rear. It has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 90 minutes on two hours of charging.
The device is said to be designed to reduce the risk of low temperature burns and coated with silicon material to make it comfortable. The device itself is not waterproof but the company says waterproof sealing is applied on the parts that come into contact with the user’s skin.
Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Performance.
The Reon Pocket works using the “Peltier effect,” which involves using a small electrical current to allow it to either absorb or give out heat. It measures 54 x 20 x 116mm and weighs 85g.
Sony claims it has run experiments that show it can cool down ambient temperature around the user’s body by 13°C, while its heater function is claimed to be able to raise ambient temperatures by about 8°C.
The product supports both iOS and Android. It has a battery life of 24 hours and a charge time of 2 hours
It comes in two versions: the Reon Pocket Standard and Reon Pocket Lite. The standard is more expensive because it lets you manually control the temperature and air volume.
This new device is currently live on Sony’s crowdfunding website, where prices start at ¥12,760 (about N43,000). The thin, discrete portable air conditioner is set to hit the market in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.