Sony develops portable and wearable air conditioner

Sony is developing a technology that could be perfect for the Brazilian heat. Through a crowdfunding platform, First Flight; the Japanese company seeks crowdfunding for a wearable air conditioner and heater called Reon Pocket.

The project, called the Reon Pocket, came off after a campaign on Sony’s own First Flight crowdfunding platform. The device is expected to be available to Japanese and tourists during the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics next year.

Who thinks the device will be expensive, may even be surprised.

The idea is for the Reon Pocket to reach the Japanese market for ¥ 12,760 (about $ 117, or $ 442). The device has an estimated battery of 90 minutes. The company, however, recommends that air conditioning be used only in really necessary cases.

The Reon Pocket utilizes a Peltier effect cooling and heating system commonly used in cars and wineries. And connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone app through which the user controls the temperature. The battery lasts up to 90 minutes and needs 2 hours in the socket to be fully recharged.

The air conditioner should be placed in the pocket of a specially made garment to ensure that its position is correct and secure. The Reon Pocket weighs about 80 grams and is narrow enough that it can be worn under any other garment without harming the appearance. And is designed to reduce the discomfort caused by extreme temperatures. Whether hot or cold, according to the season and location.

The device works with the aid of a special T-shirt. Which has a pocket that positions the Reon just below the person’s neck. Although described as a “portable air conditioner”, this is only to make it easier to understand because its operation has nothing to do with air conditioning. What it does, in fact, is use the Peltier effect to absorb or generate heat. Depending on how the current flows through its components, which is adjusted by the user. You can use an app to set whether you want to cool your body by up to 13 degrees Celsius or warm up to 8.3 degrees Celsius. And the device operates without noise and does not appear to protrude too much on the shirt, and can easily be hidden by a jacket, for example.

Reon Pocket was close to being fully funded as we wrote this. And is expected to launch in March 2020 – and this is just for Japan. It will be great for Tokyo 2020 attendees. But not for the people who will pass the end of the year on a beach in Brazil. The device will cost 12,760 yen (about 440 reais).

// Apple Acquires Intel Mobile Modem Division for $ 1 Billion

Apple announced on Thursday it would buy most of Intel’s smartphone modem division in a $ 1 billion deal. Apple will have access to Intel intellectual property and will also receive 2,200 employees who will be transferred as a result of the acquisition.

 Under the deal, 2,200 Intel employees will work for Apple, which will also receive equipment and several patents.

The company founded by Steve Jobs announced in a statement that the operation should be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

The deal comes after Intel announced its intention to leave the smartphone modem development and production market for no profit.

Apple was the only customer in Intel’s purchased division.

In the statement, Intel Chief Executive Bob Swan said the deal will allow the company to focus on developing technology for the 5G network.

Despite the negotiation, Intel will retain the ability to develop modems for other devices such as personal computers, standalone vehicles and IoT-related equipment.

The deal involves “most” of the modem division because Intel is not completely out of business. “Intel will retain the ability to develop modems for non-smartphone applications such as PCs, IoT devices and autonomous cars,” Apple said in a statement.

What’s more, the news means that Apple will no longer depend on Qualcomm to make 5G modems that can be used on their smartphones. The two companies had long been in a legal dispute over Qualcomm’s accusation that Apple had infringed some of its patents.

While manufacturing the iPhone XS, Apple even tried to buy Qualcomm modems to include in the device. However, Qualcomm declined to sell the equipment. Apple is now expected to use the new team to develop its own 5G modems for the next generation of iPhone.

With the deal, Apple will have more than 17,000 patents related to wireless technologies, including mobile phone protocols, architecture and modem operation. All of this is expected to help in the development of the first iPhone with 5G connection, something that should only happen in 2020. This one, however, still has modems developed by Qualcomm and Samsung.

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