MiClimate Is the World’s First Wearable Climate Device

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My grandfather used to joke telling me that riders are never dry, they're either soaked by rain or by their own sweat. That may have been the case 70 years ago, but fabrics evolved quite a bit. And gadgets evolved too, so here's MiClimate, the world's first wearable climate device.
It may sound weird and look even weirder, but if you're riding year-round or almost all the time, being able to add a bit of warmth to your clothes or cool down a bit is certainly one of the things you thought about at least once.

MiClimate is derived from a military device created for the US Navy in 2009, called the Personal Wearable Climate, engineered to protect soldiers from cold or heat during missions.

The makers of the MiClimate secured a license for it, replicating some of its strongest points, such as wearability, thanks to the small dimensions and weight, and overall functionality, thanks to the thermoelectric technology.

The operating principle of the MiClimate is called "thermoelectric technology" and it uses no freon or bulky compressor, and the device even works in high humidity because it doesn't use evaporative cooling.

MiClimate comes with the main unit that is attached to the belt with a flexible manifold. Ambient air is sucked through the down-facing port in the bottom of the unit and dispersed under the wearer's garments, heated or cooled, according to needs.

Pankaj Sinha, the founder of the company that aims to manufacture a production version of the MiClimate, realized how useful such a device would be while playing golf in Singapore. Though aimed at motorcycle riders, MiClimate is suitable for a wide range of outdoor activities, including health services.

MiClimate can cool air up to 18 F (9.9 C) below ambient temperature, while its heating performance is way better, delivering air that is up to 36 F (19.8 C) hotter than the ambient. Its makers say that the wear ergonomic position will not be a nuisance, but we reckon this is up to each individual.

As for the weight, the MiClimate tips the scales at 1.5 lb (680 grams) which is totally okay. No price was mentioned at the time of writing, but we know that MiClimate also comes with Bluetooth connectivity, so users will be able to adjust the temperature via the dedicated app. Power for operation is ensured by either batteries or the bike itself.

Temperature-sensing features are also envisaged. "Soon capabilities will be added to sense skin temperature and perspiration that will automate the switching from cold to hot or vice versa and provide you comfort without you needing to pay attention," MiClimate manufacturers say.

The project will be seeking crowdfunding, and those who want to get one at a discounted early bird price will be able to show their support on the MiClimate Indiegogo page from April 11.
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