Sony Develops Wearable Air Conditioner to Keep You Cool While on the Move

Sony Reon Pocket - Wearable Air Conditioner

If you're someone who suffers in the heat of summer, you'll be intrigued by a new offering from Sony. The Reon Pocket is a personal air conditioner that will keep you cool whether you're on a crowded train or watching a ball game under the scorching sun. The portable, wearable device was developed as part of Sony's startup acceleration program and was just funded on the company's crowdfunding website.

Two years of development went into the Reon Pocket, which can also be used as a heater. After surveying businessmen in Tokyo about their needs and how they'd like to be cooler while wearing suits, Sony created the discrete model. It works by using thermoelectric cooling and is said to be able to lower the wearer's body temperature by 23 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). On the other end of the spectrum, users can warm up by about 14 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius).

Reon Pocket is intended to be used in tandem with a special undershirt that has a pocket at the base of the neck. The Bluetooth device, which weighs about 3 ounces (85 grams), connects to an app which allows for easy regulation of the temperature. The personal air conditioner works with both Android and iOS and charges via a standard USB-c. With 90 minutes of battery life, the device works long enough to keep wearers fresh and comfortable in many situations.

In just one week the Reon Pocket reached its crowdfunding goal and is currently sold out for pre-orders. Sony plans to launch Reon Pocket in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which means that we'll probably see a lot of cool, comfortable spectators taking in the sporting event.

Reon Pocket is a wearable air conditioner produced by Sony.

Sony Reon Pocket Portable Air Conditioner

It uses thermoelectric cooling to lower your body temperature on command.

Sony Reon Pocket - Wearable Air Conditioner

The thin, discrete portable air conditioner is set to hit the market in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Sony Reon Pocket Personal Air Conditioner

Sony Reon Pocket Wearable Heating and Cooling System

Watch this preview of the Reno Pocket, Sony's wearable air conditioner, in action.

h/t: [designboom]

All images via Sony/First Flight JP.

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Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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