Japan’s residents have been asked to cut energy use, so they’re resorting to this clothing brand called Kuchofuku to save money. Initiatives such as “Super Cool Biz” encourage employees to ditch jackets and ties and turn down air conditioning, while the power saving drive has also sparked demand for cooling gadgets.
How does it all work?
The fans in the Kuchofuku jacket are connected to a lithium-ion battery pack that lasts for 11 hours on a single charge. This is only a fraction of the power used by a conventional air-con according to Ichigaya. Up to 20 litres per second of air circulates throughout the jacket and escapes through the collar and cuffs, which allows the wearer to dry off sweat and cool down.
A standard air conditioned jacket sells for around 11,000 yen about ($140).
Check out the video below to see the Air Conditioned Jacket