The brand new Sony Reon Rocket is a body-cooling wearable that guarantees to chill you out in the heat. People suffering the present heat waves sweeping the world can all agree: it sucks to be caught in it between air conditioning havens. However, if you wish to take AC with you, that is what this wearable guarantees.
Sadly, the system isn’t for sale but: it must be crowdfunded first, and if it makes its aim (it’s presently 44% funded), should ship by March 2020. However, the promise of mobile cooling is too tantalizing to ignore.
After hundreds of simulations, Sony estimates that the Reon Pocket should be capable of cool a consumer’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit), in keeping with Gizmodo. The gadget might help out on cold days too (if you can remember what those are), warming a body up by 8 degrees Celsius (about 14 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Reon Rocket itself is an 85g pod the scale of a garage remote that slips right into a pocket of a specially-made shirt – proper on the top of your spine, actually. You may control it via iOS or Android phone, and an “auto mode” is coming. The battery lasts 24 hours with a 2-hour full recharge.
Beginning value for a Reon Rocket on its crowdfunding page is 14,080 yen (around $129, £104, AU$186), though you can pledge extra to get further shirts-and-pockets. No, it may not work with a regular or DIY-altered shirt: the gadget appears to sit in a specially-cut slip with a tiny cut out for it to vent. It’s unclear if the system is as efficient if positioned elsewhere.
You could possibly also pay less for the Reon Rocket Light, a version with lower functionality. This model begins at 12,760 yen (around $117, £944, AU$168), although it only has manual controls.