Thursday, August 4, 2011

Beat the Heat with Air-Conditioned Clothing

Leave it to Japanese space age technology to bring us portable A/C in the form of the clothes on our back. Living in Phoenix this concept looks very tempting despite most people being half dressed during the 110 degree heat that blasts us like a furnace when we open our doors to head outside. 

In July and August, heading out the door to the office at seven is like entering a bakery that has been churning out bread, since the baker got in at three in the morning. So, it would seem more likely that desert dwellers like us would come up with our own personal climate-controlled cloak. However, we have the respite of central air and most people hide indoors during the Summer months, aside from quick jaunts to the car where we are promptly singed by seat belt steel or any other metal in which we come in contact. 

Many other countries are energy conscious. Perhaps some say they are more "earth friendly", but for the most part their electric bill would be astronomical if they didn't have lights that turned themselves off or if they didn't hang dry their clothes. So, it makes perfect sense for A/C innovation to come from a more temperate environment, especially with high humidity and limited power resources due to the recent disasters in Japan. Plus, given that the inventor of Kuchofuku is a former Sony technician, one can see how these combined forces mother his invention.

GT Refrigeration notes that the two fans included with the signature jacket can run for 11 hours on a full charge. It only circulates the air to cool your body rather and does not create cool air through use of refrigerant, which may prove problematic when so close to the body. Of course moving air can be very effective in lowering body temperature and drying up any sweat. This can allow your heart to work more efficiently and provide a much more comfortable feeling when operating in high temps.

We can certainly see potential in this concept for military clothing especially since many troops are constantly working in arid environments where a little bit of artificial breeze could go a long way. However, this invention may prove useless when the mercury goes through the roof. Afterall a convection oven moves around air just fine, but also cooks your food faster. Much like turning your cars fan on gives little relief when the ambient air is 120+ Fahrenheit. Plus how will an Army of Stay Puft Marshmallow Soldiers or Michelin Man Marines work for uniform standards? Of course the main questions for Kuchofuku will be, "Can we get those fan covers in MultiCam" and "What can we do about that name?"

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