One of the great mysteries of life — along with why, if 7-11s are open 24 hours a day, they still have locks on their doors — is why some airlines keep their cabins so warm. Asian airlines, in particular, are known for keeping the cabins like sweat boxes during flight.
Or maybe you’re just making a stop in Doha – during summer – while flying Qatar Airways Qsuites so you can visit the al Safwa lounge and the Museum of Islamic Art… or visiting Delta headquarters in Hotlanta.
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In all of these situations one of the most brilliant ideas may be about to come to fruition, a personal wearable air conditioner. In fact, Sony is crowdfunding one and it’s meant to just slip into a pouch in a specially designed 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.
It’s supposed to ship in the Japanese market in March, priced around $120, and will be controlled using an app and bluetooth.