What is the Reon Pocket?
We all definitely need this at this time of the year. Sony claims to have new wearable AC unit that is small enough to fit in your shirt and lower your body temperature by 13 degrees. It is called the Reon Pocket, it weighs about 3 ounces and it promises a 24-hour battery life. The device approximately the size of a smartphone but thinner, and looks like a very flat computer mouse. It is designed to be placed between your shoulder blades, a strategic position make you quickly feel the temperature change. The Reon Pocket is very portable and fits snuggly into the back of a custom shirt.
How does the Reon Pocket work?
The Reon Pocket is capable of generating both heat and cold using the Peltier effect – an effect whereby heat is given out or absorbed when an electric current passes across a junction between two materials, absorbing heat or generating it where the device touches the skin. In addition to dropping body temperature by 13 degrees, it can also increase the temperature by 8.3C. Basically, you’re buying a personal air conditioning solution that regulated your temperature to sooth your needs without anybody else even noticing.
The device can be controlled from your phone via Bluetooth, interacting with the app which allows you to increase and decrease temperature at will. It also has a USB-C port to charge the device, which takes a couple of hours to fully charge.
How much will the Reon Pocket cost?
Sony is selling the Reon Pocket in different packages with the entry price at $110 for the Reon Pocket Lite which is controlled manually and includes one t-shirt. Meanwhile the other packages include three or five t-shirts and can be remotely controlled from the app and will set you back about $130.
The project hasn’t been fully funded yet but it’s well on its way there and we can expect the Reon Pocket to ship next March. Also, it is current at 85% of its crowdfunding campaign. However, as of right now, the Japanese tech giant doesn’t plan on selling the device outside Japan. This makes sense to see how the device performs, and also it’s a good time to launch with Tokyo hosting the Olympics in late July. Finger crossed, hopefully that changes by its release date.