Sony is crowdfunding a wearable 'air conditioner'

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  • Published: 29 July 2019
  • Are you struggling to cope with the heat outdoors? Sony might have a solution, if not as soon as you might like. The company's First Flight program is crowdfunding a wearable 'air conditioner,' the Reon Pocket, that slips into a pouch in a special t-shirt. The stealthy device doesn't condition the air as such. Rather, it sits at the base of your neck and uses the Peltier effect (where heat is absorbed or emitted when you pass an electrical current across a junction) to either lower your temperature by 23F or raise it by 14F, all without bulk or noise. You could wear a stuffy business outfit on a hot day and avoid looking like you've just stepped out of a sauna.

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Comments • 166

  • Chandan Sonkar
    Chandan Sonkar  2 weeks back

    Requires a little fan too , make air cooling from cold metal.

    • Valentine Beatz
      Valentine Beatz  3 weeks back

      If you know anything about products that use Peltier devices then you know that the cooling they provide is not very much.

      • Chaika Gaz
        Chaika Gaz  1 months back

        Gonna do recalls when it explodes and people gonna have plastic embedded in their backs

        • Jeong-hun Sin
          Jeong-hun Sin  1 months back

          I don't think it would work. But what do I know, I'm a nobody. Thunderfoot needs to analyse this.

          • Bürgus
            Bürgus  1 months back

            They're gonna make millions selling this to furries.

            • MechaMicro
              MechaMicro  1 months back

              Bürgus lol. I am scare about people identity right now

          • Desmond Brown
            Desmond Brown  1 months back

            This is a clear abuse of crowdfunding. It's not intended for companies that can easily afford the cost of production and R&D. There is no need to wonder who would use this and why. Everyone would want one of these during hot months and it could help save lives for people who produce insufficient sweat. There is plenty of want and need for such a device, but Sony is abusing crowdfunding to get off nearly free of charge while they still get to charge full price for every one sold after development. I'm not okay with how this is handled.

            • Muthana Upholsterer
              Muthana Upholsterer  1 months back

              Where can we buy it please?

              • James R
                James R  1 months back

                It’s not pronounced reee-Aun it’s pronounced raion:)

                • daniel_crissey
                  daniel_crissey  1 months back

                  I think it's a good idea.

                  • PsychoAlexander
                    PsychoAlexander  1 months back

                    Sweat in your shoes even in the winter? I sweat in my shoes only in the winter...

                    • chrisonthedot
                      chrisonthedot  1 months back

                      I want this cause I'm a thicc boi. And thicc bois don't do well in the summer.

                      • Jacob
                        Jacob  1 months back

                        Short and to-the-point video. Great job. There's too many 10 minute videos

                        • WJ isme
                          WJ isme  1 months back

                          Take my money Sony!!

                          • Ar J
                            Ar J  1 months back

                            Japanese innovation is so cool.

                            • WA786K
                              WA786K  1 months back

                              Doesnt this create radiation????

                              • Hunter Henryk
                                Hunter Henryk  1 months back

                                Something like this already exists, except it's worn on the wrist instead of the back of the neck. It's called the Embr Wave.

                                • Blue
                                  Blue  1 months back

                                  Are ten counted like penny's?

                                  • friður
                                    friður  1 months back

                                    Crazy global warming things

                                    • Bear Bogu
                                      Bear Bogu  1 months back

                                      Best tech 2019

                                      • azharhassan_
                                        azharhassan_  1 months back

                                        I will put it in my pants.

                                        • Dewey Cox
                                          Dewey Cox  1 months back

                                          I'm done with crowdfunds, majority are just a bunch of smart people that know how to sell you an idea that will never come to fruition.

                                          • Nandy P
                                            Nandy P  1 months back

                                            Global warming : 0
                                            Sony : 1

                                            • Nandy P
                                              Nandy P  1 months back

                                              @Mark Sancho I'm sorry dude, I just try to make a joke in here but it ended up bother your day and at the beginning I've no intention to make a serious argument about the joke

                                              Once again sorry dude, I promise in the next time I'll try to make the joke as clear as possible

                                            • Mark Sancho
                                              Mark Sancho  1 months back

                                              So that contradicts to sony winning over global warming because it’s not destroying heat, it actually transforming energy into heat. (First law of thermodynamics)

                                              therefore it add as another heat source to environment.

                                            • Nandy P
                                              Nandy P  1 months back

                                              @Mark Sancho duh... Just put that other thing again on outside to block the heat

                                              Modern problem require modern solution *tap head*

                                            • Mark Sancho
                                              Mark Sancho  1 months back

                                              Not really it’s peltier it will generate heat on the opposite side.

                                          • Walt Zhang
                                            Walt Zhang  1 months back

                                            which kind of people will use it? will any person use it when sleeping. will you use it when you in a cool room with air conditioner. maybe you will answer that you will use it in a hot room or a hot atmosphere. well, how about your front of body and your lower body? this product just can tell people it once existed.

                                            • Jeremy JMIAH Williamson
                                              Jeremy JMIAH Williamson  1 months back

                                              Then what's the point teasing us in the US with something that's not even available?!! LOL IT DOES SEEM COOL THOUGH haha ;)

                                              • zodiacfml
                                                zodiacfml  1 months back

                                                Peltier effect at this size?! It will probably feel like a cold metal on your back but not make you feel cool

                                              • samo000s
                                                samo000s  1 months back

                                                Ware cotton materials you will not fell gross

                                                • hyou zan ren
                                                  hyou zan ren  1 months back

                                                  Basicly Sony want us pre order this?🤔🤔🤔

                                                  • Antiinequity
                                                    Antiinequity  2 months back

                                                    Sony has failed in everything except Playstation.

                                                    • Lushikata Kanbaru
                                                      Lushikata Kanbaru  1 months back

                                                      And camera sensors, you know, the one's that equip every smartphone nowadays.

                                                    • Vishwas Babu
                                                      Vishwas Babu  2 months back

                                                      and headsets, TVs.

                                                  • Mollie
                                                    Mollie  2 months back

                                                    I need this!!

                                                    • Swedish Bear
                                                      Swedish Bear  2 months back

                                                      Instead of wearing this why not just be naked.

                                                      • thicklyfe
                                                        thicklyfe  2 months back

                                                        sony's tricking people again. don't get fooled.

                                                        • Adrian Denila
                                                          Adrian Denila  2 months back

                                                          Only in Japan...that sucks :-(

                                                          • Nihal Siddique
                                                            Nihal Siddique  2 months back

                                                            And who will inform about the side effects 🤔 this man made machine will be attached close to human body for hours and prohibit sweating.... Think about it

                                                            • Nihal Siddique
                                                              Nihal Siddique  1 months back

                                                              @kellergzsi yeah... Sadly any technology has its side effects...

                                                            • kellergzsi
                                                              kellergzsi  1 months back

                                                              Nihal Siddique isn’t your phone close to your body for hours though? 🤔

                                                          • Anonymous
                                                            Anonymous  2 months back

                                                            Battery will set on fire and burn people.

                                                            • Nabeel Ahsan
                                                              Nabeel Ahsan  2 months back

                                                              Apple Mac stand-$999
                                                              Sony Reon Pocket-$130
                                                              🤔

                                                              • Rick Sanchez
                                                                Rick Sanchez  2 months back

                                                                Now the front pocket in our Underwear can finally be useful

                                                                • San Antonio Guy
                                                                  San Antonio Guy  2 months back

                                                                  It is hot outside . Please give it to me.

                                                                  • Off-Grid Optimist
                                                                    Off-Grid Optimist  2 months back

                                                                    So dumb, why did Sonia need to crowdfund this? You've got about $20 worth of Hardware in that unit at best... just make your own

                                                                    • kornofilo
                                                                      kornofilo  1 months back

                                                                      They have a program where employees can present projects that would normally not get funding from the inside and by crowd funding it allows to build them using their factories and tech.

                                                                  • Google User
                                                                    Google User  2 months back

                                                                    Ancient technology.
                                                                    ....
                                                                    Those devices have been in use for decades in 12 volt portable
                                                                    coolers.
                                                                    ......
                                                                    And they require ALOT of current to run them so if you are not willing to carry a tractor battery with you, it is useless

                                                                    • 1234coolman
                                                                      1234coolman  2 months back

                                                                      It's probably only a fan and NOT AC

                                                                      • Luke Taylor
                                                                        Luke Taylor  2 months back

                                                                        Whoa, I just saw an ad for this on the subway yesterday and now see this video.

                                                                        • #
                                                                          #  2 months back

                                                                          Prepare to be cloned by the chinese in 3 months at 1/6th of the price

                                                                          • First Red
                                                                            First Red  2 months back

                                                                            Sony is not Chinese crackhead

                                                                        • Albert Nisbet
                                                                          Albert Nisbet  2 months back

                                                                          This video and other poorly-researched articles about this product all say the Peltier effect is used for absorbing heat, but in reality the plate just creates a gradient - that heat has to go somewhere! I'm guessing it'll get dumped out the back. So the air will actually be heated, not cooled. At best the product will give a localised cooling effect on the skin. More likely this will be a borderline scam. Sony's playing a dangerous game with this one.

                                                                          • Mark Sancho
                                                                            Mark Sancho  1 months back

                                                                            A mini fan might be more efficient than this.

                                                                          • Mark Sancho
                                                                            Mark Sancho  1 months back

                                                                            Albert Nisbet i agree

                                                                        • GenreOnline
                                                                          GenreOnline  2 months back

                                                                          Now billion dollar companies are crowd sourcing? How cheap are these bastards?

                                                                          • p b
                                                                            p b  2 months back

                                                                            I'm a high pressure sprayer. If this becomes real, it's gonna be wonderful for a lot of workers worldwide.

                                                                            • Swati Kumari
                                                                              Swati Kumari  2 months back

                                                                              Its gud but it may have bad effects on health .... isn't

                                                                              • #
                                                                                #  2 months back

                                                                                Shut up

                                                                            • Arvin Medina
                                                                              Arvin Medina  2 months back

                                                                              Doesn't this already exist? It's called an iced latte

                                                                              • uzimonkey
                                                                                uzimonkey  2 months back

                                                                                Why is Sony crowdfunding this? It's almost like they want to make profit before reviewers can tell you it's garbage, because it's garbage. You can't just strap a peltier chip to your back and hope to get cool. A peltier chip gets cold on one side but hot on the other. Without a way to remove that heat it'll just make your skin touching the chip icy cold and the area around it warmer. This is much more so if you throw a suit jacket over it.


                                                                                Maybe you think Sony wouldn't sell such garbage? They're a respectable electronics company, after all. No. Sony is the company that sells audiophile SD cards. Yes, they claim MP3s from these special SD cards sound better, a claim that makes absolutely no sense. Sony will make money from idiots if they want to.