You can always come up with something new. And Sony engineers once again proved this by promising to release a miniature and silent air conditioner for clothes.
The compact device, dubbed Reon Pocket, fits into a special pocket on the back of a T-shirt. The principle of operation of the air conditioner is based on the Peltier effect, the so-called thermoelectric phenomenon, in which, at the point of contact of two conductors, when an electric current passes through them, heat is absorbed or released. That is, Reon Pocket can not only cool your body (by 13 degrees Celsius), but also heat it up (by 30 degrees).
The device is controlled by a special application on the smartphone. At the same time, Sony says that you will only have to set the temperatures manually for the first time. Further, Reon Pocket itself will learn to select the optimal temperature conditions for its owner, based on previously received data.
It is claimed that the device is almost not felt when worn and can make your life much more comfortable. But it was not without drawbacks. First of all, this is the battery life, which does not exceed two hours. The second drawback is the cost, which is approximately $120. But it seems that there are many people suffering from heat (or cold) who are willing to pay this amount for the opportunity to constantly have an air conditioner with them. Sony promises start selling the device as early as next year.
The Reon Pocket was developed as part of Sony's First Flight program, which aims to find out which product ideas generate enough demand to make them happen. It is reported that the idea of a mobile air conditioner in clothes caused quite a stir.