Sony developing personal air conditioner

Posted at 10:25 AM, Jul 31, 2019

TOKYO — Those living in Pueblo or in other parts of the state that deal with temperatures in the triple digits should be especially interested in this.

Sony released a video showing a wearable air conditioning unit that the company claims can lower temperatures around your body by about 23 degrees. Sony calls it the "Reon Pocket," and it's about the size of a smartphone, and can be controlled on an app on your mobile device.

Sony said it works by using the Peltier effect, which is when electric currents are used to transfer heat between two objects, creating a temperature difference. Currently, Sony shows the device being placed in a pocket on the back of specially designed shirts. Sony said it works for about 90 minutes before the battery needs a recharge, which takes about 2 hours. It can also be used as a personal heater as well, but its effect is less noticeable than the AC function.

The device is also being sold for about $117. Thinking about buying one right now? Unfortunately, you can't. It's only being sold in Japan for now and it's only being offered for specially designed shirts in men's sizes. Also, the company will begin shipping them out next March.