Air-conditioned Clothes Help Global Warming

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A Japanese company is promoting air-conditioned jackets and shirts. Self-cooling clothes may seem like the ...
A Japanese company is promoting air-conditioned jackets and shirts. Self-cooling clothes may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but for this company they are good for business. Shirts and jackets made by Kuchou-fuku -- meaning "air-conditioned clothes" -- keep the wearer comfortable even in sweltering heat. Two small fans sewn into the back of each garment are powered by a pocket-sized rechargeable battery pack. The fans circulate air across the wearer's skin, evaporating perspiration and keeping temperatures down. And all this while only using one-50th of the energy of a small air conditioner. This is a welcome respite from Japan's mid-summer humidity where the temperature has hovered around 38 degrees Celsius recently. [TORU ICHIGAYA, KUCHOU-FUKU OFFICE WORKER]: "It feels cooler when you're wearing this jacket than when you're not wearing it." Another worker, Yukie Asano, agrees, saying that the bulky jacket allows her to work comfortably. [YUKIE ASANO, KUCHOU-FUKU OFFICE WORKER]: "It almost feels like air is circulating inside my body." The Tokyo Company invented the air-conditioned garments eight years ago in a bid to help fight global warming. [HIROSHI ICHIGAYA, CEO KUCHOU-FUKU]: "I worry about global warming as the number of air conditioners in the world continues to increase. I'd been trying to invent an air-conditioner that would require little energy, and reached the conclusion that air-conditioning does not have to cool the whole room." The self-cooling clothes come in 10 styles and a variety of colors. They sell for about $96 US dollars.
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