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The Sony wearable air conditioner is called the Reon Pocket.
It is a crowd-funded initiative by Sony.
The device is compact and lighter than a smartphone.
If you have always dreamed of an air conditioner that you could take with you on the go, then you aren't alone. Battling the heat is a task but it looks like Sony may have the answer. The company has announced the Reno Pocket, a portable air conditioner that is smaller and lighter than a smartphone. The device sits on the back of an undershirt just below the wearer's neck and has the ability to cool the body by about 13 degrees Celsius when compared to the temperature of the surroundings. It also has the ability to provide the user with heat during winters by raising the temperature by about 8 degrees Celsius.
The device can be controlled by a smartphone app. The app works on iOS and Android and connects to the Reon via Bluetooth. The device charges via USB-C and can take about 2 hours to charge for 90 minutes of use. It is light, weighing in at about 85g. The device will be available in two variants - the Reon Pocket Standard and Reon Pocket Lite. The Reon Pocket Lite is cheaper and only works with manual controls whereas the Reon Pocket Standard works with a smartphone. The Reon Pocket Standard will have an auto mode as well. The undershirt is available in three sizes - small, medium and large.
Sony started the crowdfunding campaign for the device on Sunday and has met 43 percent of its funding goal. The device will, unfortunately, only be available in Japan. The price of the device will range from 12,760 yen (about Rs 8,100 directly converted) to 19,030 yen (about Rs 12,000 directly converted). This will depend on the version and how many undershirts you decide to get with the device. If the funding requirement is met, then we can see the device being launched sometime around 2020.
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