Reon Pocket, Sony’s latest product, is a credit card-sized body cooling device you can actually wear. The product is being crowdfunded through Sony’s First Flight acceleration program in Japan.
Since the crowdfunding launched on July 22, it has been published on the web, TV, newspaper and several media outlets. In just one week, they exceeded the target amount of 66 million yen and received over 69 million yen with 4,200 supporters.
The project was two years in the making and the team surveyed businessmen in Tokyo about how they’d like to stay cool while wearing suits. Sony created the model and it works by using thermoelectric cooling which can lower the user’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit). Sony said it can also be used as a heater on winter days, raising your temperature by around 8 degrees Celsius.
Reon Pocket comes with a custom-designed t-shirt that has a pocket at the base of the neck. The device connects to an app which allows users to control the temperature through their smartphone. The portable air conditioner, which weighs around 85 grams, works with both IOS and Android via USB-c and has a battery life of 90 minutes and a charge time of 2 hours.
Sony aims to launch the wearable device in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Watch Reno’s Pocket’s preview below.