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.
It uses thermoelectric cooling to lower your body temperature on command.
The thin, discrete portable air conditioner is set to hit the market in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Watch this preview of the Reno Pocket, Sony's wearable air conditioner, in action.