MiClimate- World’s first wearable air conditioner for bikers
In 2009, US Navy had created a device called the Personal Wearable Climate (PWC). PWC was engineered to provide soldiers wearable air conditioning serving to protect them from cold or heat during their long missions in isolated and harsh environments. Now, we have MiClimate, a device derived from the PWC, for crowdfunding campaign. Although, anyone engaged in outdoor activities can use it, but it’s mainly intended to provide heating or cooling service to motorcyclists who do not enjoy protection from external environmental conditions that an enclosed car/vehicle offers.
The air conditioning unit is attached to an adjustable belt strap and utilizes ‘thermo-electric’ system to condition the air. MiClimate features a 12-V, 72Wh lithium-ion battery that can condition air for about four hours before it asks for another charge. It can also run on motorbike battery, if required.
Ambient air is drawn by a core unit, heated or cooled, and conditioned air is directed upward through a flexible manifold before it’s released under the jacket through a flexible internal structure.
MiClimate can either add maximum 20 degree Celsius to the ambient temperature or cut maximum 10 degree Celsius from what’s going outside to condition air temperature.
It can also be controlled by a bluetooth connected control unit or through a dedicated app. MiClimate weighs only 650 grams, which is quite acceptable for a wearable climate belt.
The product is on Indiegogo for crowdfunding and has already raised about US $7,500 against its goal of $20,000 with one month still remaining. If you want to order one, you can pledge one unit (base-kit without battery) for US$249 and with battery pack for US$269.