Cooling gets personal

Air conditioning manufacturer Fujitsu has developed a wearable device that cools the blood to lower the body’s core temperature.

The Cómodo gear is worn around the neck and contains three small Peltier elements that cool the blood flowing through carotid arteries. It sends heat to a water-cooled heat sink worn on the waist and, according to Fujitsu, the system can cool the body even at temperatures above 35°C.

The cooling unit weighs around 170g and the radiator/battery is around 840g. Fujitsu says it is ideal for people working outdoors or without access to air conditioning, including many in the engineering and construction sectors. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers two-to-four hours of cooling and takes three hours to charge.