As the world bears the effects of global warming, a portable air conditioner is a good idea for ever-increasing temperature. Sony has picked up the vibes and is sponsoring an easy to carry, wearable air conditioner and that too about the size of a bank card which blows cold air down the back of your shirt.
Known as Reon Pocket, this Bluetooth device has dual functions. It is air condition and heater in one. It uses thermoelectric heating for use in biting winters and cooling for the scorching summer months. The Reon Pocket functions using the “Peltier effect,” which involves using a small electrical current to allow it to either give out or absorb heat. This inventive device is from the company’s startup acceleration program. This device fits easily into a shirt pocket, and the temperature is controlled through the smartphone app. However, it is expected to use automatic mode in the future.
The device slips into a pocket at the base of the neck of a special undershirt and connects to an app that can be controlled through your phone. It can reduce a user’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (23 degrees F). On the other hand, on cold days, it can elevate the body temperature by about 8 degrees Celsius (14 degrees F). It supports both iOS and Android and has a battery life of 24 hours. It has a charge time of 2 hours via USB-C. The device is tiny and lightweight as it weighs only 85 gms. Due to its size, it is unnoticeable even if a particular shirt is worn to use it.
The device comes in two varieties: the Reon Pocket Standard and Reon Pocket Lite. The second mentioned is cheaper but only comes with a manual mode operation. According to Sony, it will help to reduce the uneasiness because of numerous temperatures such as crowded train heat, cold winter outings, hot summer outings, etc. It will also provide comfort both in summer and winter.
Here’s an official video (Japanese) of the launch:
At the moment, it appears that the device will only launch in Japan. Prices range from 12,760 yen to 19,030 yen (£95 to £141). Sony is not the first one to launch a wearable personal thermostat. The Embr Wave, which we tried outback at CES 2018, and also experienced several heated clothing items meant for use while snowboarding or skiing. But this device takes the lead because of its size, which allows it to fit under a regular business shirt easily.