This year’s summer heat wave is rather unprecedented. If you are in Japan, however, you can sought to alleviate the outdoor heat with Sony Reon Pocket Wearable Air-Conditioner. First introduced last year, this innovative body cooling solution born out of Sony Startup Acceleration Program (SSAP) is now finally available in Japan from Sony web store as well as from Amazon Japan.
Reon is actually a sad reminder. It was originally intended as a release to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sadly, though, this quadrennial international sporting event had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
But hey, COVID-19 or not, the heat is not going away and so, it is still a good gadget to have for those who want to feel cool in the midst of the summer heat.
Reon is designed to be use with a special t-shirt that features a pocket on the back, just below the base of the neck, to hold the device. Leveraging on Peltier effect, Reon pumps out cool air through a series of holes to achieve the cooling effect.
The device is app-enabled, allowing you to tweak your preference using a mobile app. But you can also let the device decide the optimal temperature. As a boon, Sony Reon Pocket is not just an air-conditioned; it is also a body warmer for when the weather turns cold. So, it is not a single-purpose device, so to speak.
Anywho, for those who are interested and know how to pick up stuff from Japan, you can find Sony Reon Pocket Wearable Air-Conditioner on Sony Japan web store and Amazon Japan for around 13,000 yen plus tax (or about U$122).
Images: Sony [JP].