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Sony keeps you cool on the go with a portable air conditioner

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Sony has launched a portable air conditioner to keep you cool in the summer.

About a year ago, we heard for the first time that the company was developing the gadget, called Reon Pocket.

The small device fits into a pocket on the back of a specially designed jersey and operates using a Peltier element commonly found in cars and wine coolers. It is combined with an Android and iOS smartphone application that allows you to control the temperature with a few quick presses.

On a particularly hot day, this could be exactly what you need to stop your body from melting when you’re on the go. However, with a battery that only lasts 90 minutes, these unsightly perspiration spots could start to develop if you stay outside for too long.

And that won’t keep your face cool either, so you’ll still have to clap your hands maniacally in the vain hope of creating a breeze to keep you from fainting if temperatures start to rise.

On the positive side, you can also use it in winter, as the Reon Pocket is also capable of generating heat.

Currently, the gadget only sells in Japan and costs 13,000 yen (around $ 120), while the specially designed jersey costs 1,800 yen (around $ 17). The items are available in various online stores, including the Japanese store of Sony. Digital Trends has contacted Sony to ask if it intends to make it a global product and we will update this article when we return.

The miniature air conditioner is one of a growing number of products from First Flight, a crowdfunding platform launched by Sony in 2015. The initiative allows Sony employees to work on slightly more eccentric gadgets – like the Reon Pocket – with the most interesting ones put on the company’s crowdfunding site where interested customers can support it for further development.

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