Since teasing the possibility of a wearable air conditioner one year ago with their crowdfunding page, Sony Japan has officially launched the Reon Pocket — the tech brand’s first-ever wearable air conditioner.
Perfect for use in sunny Singapore, the Reon Pocket works best alongside a special t-shirt (that is sold separately on the site) where the device sits in a pocket located in the middle of your back, just below the neck.
The device has been designed with the intention to fit around your neck so that it can come into direct contact with your skin, giving you the cooling effect you need. It is, of course, able to be used as a handheld device as well, thanks to its compact size.
Even though the Reon Pocket is a battery-operated device, it continues to remain cool to the touch when in use. While it rests against your back during operation, the Reno Pocket is able to remove heat generated from the battery using an internal small fan that regulates warm air out and away from the body.
The Reon Pocket is easily adjustable with the use of a companion mobile app which is available for download on both iOS and Android devices. This allows you to manually adjust the temperature between 5 to 40 degrees or set to automatic mode, where it will use the temperature and motion sensors to detect what you are doing and how you are feeling to adjust the cooling mode appropriately.
In addition to its cooling abilities, the Reon Pocket is also able to double as a thermal device, helping to raise your body temperature by up to 14 degrees during cold weather experienced in winter.
While the Reon Pocket may sound like an exceptionally great device, it does have its limitations especially in terms of battery power. Given its compact size, the rechargeable battery is only able to offer up to 2.5 hours of cooling operation and about 2 hours of thermal operation. This means that you’ll only be able to enjoy cool air for a short duration before you have to recharge the device.
WHERE TO BUY THE REON POCKET
The Sony Japan Reon Pocket retails from ¥13,000 (approx. SGD $168) while the special Reon Pocket shirt retails from ¥1,800 (approx. SGD $23). Both items are available for purchase online through the official Sony Japan e-store or Amazon Japan.
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