Personal air conditioner unveiled by Sony could offer sweet relief during future heatwaves


Personal air conditioner unveiled by Sony could offer sweet relief during future heatwaves by blasting cold air down the back of your shirt

  • Sony is crowdfunding a wearable called the Reon Pocket for heatwaves
  • The device is an air conditioning unit that blasts cold air down your neck
  • It sits in a special undershirt with a pocket at the base of your neck 
  •  This week, the UK has been experiencing its hottest temperatures on record

Sony is crowdfunding a portable wearable air conditioner about the size of a bank card which blasts cool air down the back of your shirt.

The Reon Pocket is a bluetooth device that uses thermoelectric cooling for the hot summer months or heating, for use during the winter.

This week, the UK has been experiencing its hottest temperatures on record, with parts of the south reaching a staggering 39°C.  

It slips into a special undershirt with a pocket at the base of the neck, and connects to an app, which you can control on your phone.

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Sony is crowdfunding a portable wearable air conditioner about the size of a bank card which blasts cool air down the back of your shirt. The Reon Pocket is a bluetooth device that uses thermoelectric cooling for the hot summer months or heating, for use during the winter

Sony is crowdfunding a portable wearable air conditioner about the size of a bank card which blasts cool air down the back of your shirt. The Reon Pocket is a bluetooth device that uses thermoelectric cooling for the hot summer months or heating, for use during the winter

HOW DID THE HEATWAVE CAUSE CHAOS FOR COMMUTERS? 

The second-hottest day in UK history is causing chaos for commuters up and down the country with hundreds stranded on sweltering services while they struggle to get home from work.

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Sparks from overheated cables caused a trackside fire this evening while police hauled trapped passengers off a sweltering train in two separate incidents.

Britain endured temperatures hitting 100.6F (38C) amid health warnings, melting pavements and major train disruption today. One household in the capital recorded temperatures of 107.6F (42C) earlier today.

Sony says that it can cool a user’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (23 degrees F). 

Meanwhile, on cold days, it says it can raise your temperature by about 8 degrees Celsius  (14 degrees F). 

Sony said: ‘Reduce the discomfort due to various temperatures such as hot summer outings, crowded train heat, cold winter outings, etc, and get comfortable in summer and winter.’

According to Sony, during testing, the Reon Pocket was able to reduce users’ body temperature by 13°C, or increase it by 8.3°C.  

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).  

It supports iOS and Android, has a battery life of 24 hours and a charge time of 2 hours, and it uses USB-C. 

This week, the UK has been experiencing its hottest temperatures on record, with parts of the south reaching a staggering 39°C. It slips into a special undershirt with a pocket at the base of the neck, and connects to an app, which you can control on your phone

This week, the UK has been experiencing its hottest temperatures on record, with parts of the south reaching a staggering 39°C. It slips into a special undershirt with a pocket at the base of the neck, and connects to an app, which you can control on your phone

Since it’s so small and weighs a mere 85 grams (3 ounces), it’s not noticeable even if you have to wear a special shirt to use it. 

It also comes in two versions: the Reon Pocket Standard and Reon Pocket Lite. The latter is cheaper but only comes with a manual mode operation. 

The standard will also let you manually control the temperature via your smartphone, but a future update will also introduce an automatic mode, Sony said.

The standard version also lets you tweak with air volume, as well as a customizable ‘my mode.’ 

This week, Britons were blasted by a mini-heatwave as temperatures climbed to an all-time high.

Yesterday , the hottest day in July ever recorded in UK history caused chaos for commuters up and down the country with hundreds stranded on sweltering services while they struggled to get home from work.



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