Sony’s Wearable Air Conditioner Is Here to Keep You Cool No Matter How Hot It Is
It can turn into a mini heater come wintertime, too.
If the summer sun is getting under your skin, Sony may have just the solution. The Japanese tech titan has just released a wearable AC that promises to keep you at a cool 73 degrees.
First teased in July 2019, the Reon Pocket was originally planned for a release that coincided with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. With the games off the table, Sony has made the device available on its webstore for roughly $120 (¥13,000) a pop.
The mini AC unit was developed through Sony’s startup acceleration program and uses the Peltier effect to create a temperature differential across the two sides of the device. Basically, it increases the temp on one side and decreases it on the other in order to cool your body. It can reportedly drop your temperature by 23 degrees Fahrenheit on hot days or raise it 14 degrees Fahrenheit in colder situations. That’s right, the multipurpose device can turn into a mini heater come wintertime, too.
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The svelte, all-white design is about the size of a card case and weighs just shy of 3 ounces. It fits neatly inside a special pocket of a matching undershirt that’s sold separately in small, medium and large for $20 (¥1,800). If the the design seems a little bulky to wear all day, it might just be worth it if it keeps you from sweating through your shirt.
Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity, the aircon is compatible with either iOS or Android. The user can choose to manually control the temperature via an app or set the device to automatic mode. Switch to the latter and it will regulate your temperature based on your activity, which is captured by built-in motion sensors. This ensures you’ll stay at the perfect temperature no matter the situation. The device has a battery life of 90 minutes and can fully recharge in two hours via the USB-c port.
There is, of course, a risk that the Reon Pocket could become just another defunct novelty gadget in your junk drawer, but since it’s only a hundred smackers, it may be worth the risk.