Sony has a wearable air conditioner that’s smaller than a smartphone
Sony Startup Acceleration Programme(SSAP) just launched a crowdfunding campaignfor a wearable air conditionercalled the Reon Pocket.
- Reon Pocket is smaller than a smartphone in size and comes with a specially designed shirt.
- The project still needs 34.3 million Yen to meet its funding goal.
As a part of the Sony Startup Acceleration Programme (SSAP), it’s a crowded funded project that’s only met 48% of its funding requirement so far.
The total cost for the project is 66 million Yen and so far only 31.7 million Yen have come in, with another 24 days left to meet the deadline.
A single unit of the Reon Pocket costs $130, which is approximately ₹9,000.
How does it work?
The device itself may be small but in order for it to work properly, it comes with a specially designed shirt that has a small pocket behind the neck for the gadget to seat itself.
Essentially, it’s smart innerwear meant to be worn underneath your normal clothes.
You can control the temperature using a smartphone app that communicates with the unit using bluetooth. While keeping cool in the summer, the wearable technology can also be turned into a heater when winters kick in.
According to the product team, the Reon Pocket can reduce temperatures by up to 13 degrees Celsius and make it warmer by 8.3 degrees Celsius. In both cases, the fan — which users can control via the app — has five different speed settings.
The wearable air conditioner lasts 90 minutes in a single charge on average, according to the company. According to Yoichi Ito, the project leader, they are aiming to commercialise the Reon Pocket by the summer of 2020.
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