Midea Debuts The First-Ever U-Shaped Window Air Conditioner

This new design lets you open or close your window with the unit installed

We love when innovation instantly changes product design for a whole category, as Midea has done with their new U-shaped air conditioner. Solving real usability, design, performance and sound issues that most every window air conditioning owner faces, the new U-shaped air conditioner separates the compressor from the fan relocating the air ducts to a thin channel across the unit’s bottom. This new design permits your window to open …

Sony’s Reon Pocket Wearable Air Conditioner

On Sony’s crowdfunding platform in Japan, the slender, personal thermoelectric cooling unit known as the Reon Pocket can purportedly reduce a user’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (or 23 degrees Fahrenheit). About the size of a card wallet, the Bluetooth-equipped device slips into a dedicated sleeve on the back of an accompanying undershirt. Its temperature can then be controlled through an iOS or Android …

Why Offices are so Cold

There’s a reason your office air conditioner is always blasting, and it’s not because of an over-heated co-worker. Almost 90 years ago, someone defined “metabolic equivalents”—the energy a body requires while sitting, walking and running—based off the frame of a 40-year-old, 155-pound man. And since then, that number has been powering air conditioning calculations (and freezing many women) all over the world. Now, researchers are …