Tuesday, July 30th 2019, 6:17 pm - When it's hot out, health experts recommend keeping cool, but that can be hard to do if there isn't an air conditioner nearby.
That may soon be a problem of the past, with Sony announcing its plans to release a wearable air conditioner.
The mini-A/C is hidden in a smartphone-sized pocket in a specially-designed T-shirt. According to Sony, the device will be able to lower body temperature by about 10 degrees Celsius, and it can also be used to warm you up when the weather gets cold.
It uses what's referred to as the "Peltier effect," where electric currents are used to transfer heat between two objects, creating a temperature difference.
The device is controlled by a smartphone app and runs on a battery that lasts about 90 minutes per charge.
Sony plans to start shipping the air conditioners next March, but for the time being, the product is only available in Japan and only in men's sizes.
They cost about $150 CAD.
The project is being crowdfunded through Sony's first flight acceleration program in Japan.