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Sony crowdfunded a personal air conditioner, but only in Japan for now

Adam Rosenberg

Who among us hasn't wished for a personal, private air conditioner during our climate change-addled world's increasingly brutal summers? Well, Sony's apparently been listening.

The company introduced a product called the Reon Pocket through its only-in-Japan First Flight crowdfunding program. It's a unique kind of portable air conditioner; instead of blowing processed air with the aim of cooling an entire space, it's a body-mounted device that works by lowering you internal body temperature.

As a short video demonstrates, the app-controlled device slides into the pocket of a specially designed undershirt. The pocket is situated right between your shoulder blades and it uses thermoelectric currents to provide cooling and heating. Read more...

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