It's a thousand degrees and your energy bill will likely be a thousand bucks this month. How can you cut back on the heat stroke and your budget? Maybe you should slip out of that tank top and button up an air-conditioned shirt.
This real product invented by a former Sony technician invented. Ltd doesn't have the power of central air, but each shirt does have two built-in 10-centimeter fans. The fans sit at the waist, and pull in air that zaps the sweat and cools down the wearer's body temp. The shirt is USB-powered and can also run on AA batteries or by being plugged into a car cigarette lighter. While it might seem counter-intuitive to hook yourself up to a hot laptop or overheating car engine, apparently it has already kept a lot of workers in Japan cool during post-tsunami power cutbacks.
Saving electricity and honing in on personal comfort seems like a fine idea despite the goofy look. You might assume the weight of fans, battery pack, and USB cord would be cumbersome. One reviewer, however, said it was surprisingly lightweight (albeit bulky up front) and that the most awkward part was that carrying a shoulder bag is impossible because it interferes with the fans. He also noted that the air circulating under the shirt was "particularly pleasant."
The shirt is distributed by Kuchofuku Co., which translates to "air conditioned clothing," and is available in short sleeve, long sleeve and jacket styles.
If you still think it sounds crazy or like something only sold in Spencer Gifts, you might just be missing a very cool trend. Every single one available on Woot! deals for $227 has been sold.
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