Summer is the worst. I mean, it’s kind of the best because of swimming, ice cream, going to the beach, and the longer daylight hours, but it’s also the worst because of the heat. It’s sticky, oven-like, and downright oppressive and makes me want to stay inside in the AC from like, mid-May through October. Thankfully, Sony has started selling a personal air conditioner that’s totally portable. Finally!
- It’s called the Reon Pocket and was invented for the Olympics. Since the Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be happening this summer, Sony worked hard to invent a personal, wearable air conditioner that would keep spectators cool throughout the Games. The Olympics may have been postponed, but the Reon Pocket is ready to be utilized!
- So how does it work? Generally speaking, the Reon Pocket fits into the, er, pocket of a specially-designed shirt. The pocket is located just under the nape of the neck and the device itself connects to an app that controls the user’s temperature. There are several different settings users can choose between to make sure they’re as cool and as comfortable as possible.
- This wearable air conditioner is really so much more. One of the coolest features of the Reon Pocket is its Auto Mode. Using this option means that the device will detect the wearer’s body temp based on their activity and adjust the warming or cooling accordingly. That means if you’re getting overheated because you’ve just gone up a few flights of stairs, the Reon Pocket will kick in with more cooling power than it would if, say, you were just sitting at your desk at work.
- You don’t actually need the special shirt to use it. While the Reon Pocket is meant to be a wearable air conditioner, you can use it even without the custom shirt. You just press a button on the device to turn it on and you can use it to cool down pretty much any body part. Keep it clean, people!
- So where can you get one? Sony’s Reon Pocket is available on Amazon Japan for about $175 (¥18,900). I can’t think of anything better to spend my money on this year!