Before I put out $50.00 for this gadget, I thought I’d get the dopers’ opinions about this Sharper Image claims for their product: “Personal Warm & Cool System Wearable Peltier Effect Climate Control.”
I’m moving to Florida in September, and my main concern about the move is the heat. Yes, it can get hot in the D. C. area (we just had a heat wave), but that comes and goes. I’m not tolerant of the heat and I keep my apartment really cool (under 70 degrees). S. o. and I just bought a house in St. Augustine, which is on the east coast and gets ocean breezes, but still…when I saw the Sharper Image ad on t.v. for this product, I thoght “that’s what I need!”
Since the following is on the Sharper Image web site, I don’t think I’m guilty of copyright infringement. So does this claim make sense to you and should I pay $50.00 for this? I don’t think the graphics will come through – this thing is worn around the neck. Here’s the link to their site:
Personal Warm+Cool System Wearable Peltier Effect Climate Control
Wear your own climate-control system and be cool in summer, warm in winter.
Our Personal Warm+Cool System™ fits comfortably around your neck and delivers hours of comfort. This electronic device is ultra-lightweight — a mere 8 oz. Turn the dial to “warm” and within seconds your entire body feels warmer. Or turn the dial to “cool” and enjoy your own “personal air conditioner”. How does it work? The dial changes the direction of an electric current causing the hot and cold sides of the aluminum neck plate to switch — instantly! Our wearable invention houses a miniature heat pump based on the Peltier Effect — a thermo-electric principle whereby one direction of an electric current allows heat to be absorbed on one side of a metal device (making it cold) as heat is rejected on the opposite side (making it warm). Change the direction of the electron flow and the Peltier Effect means the hot and cold sides will switch. Hence, you Personal Warm+Cool System can be used throughout the entire year because its aluminum neck plate can also keep you cool during summer months.
Runs on 3 C batteries (SM660, order separately) in a portable 3 x 4-inch battery pack with belt clip. Also plugs into outlet with included AC adapter. Now includes a DC adapter for plugging into the power socket of a car, boat or RV. One-year warranty. Created by Sharper Image Design®.