As the Japanese summer rolls in, people will want to look into this new cooling vest made by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) – available from the latter parts of May this year. They look pretty snazzy, something even we’d want to own and wear, but the special thing about these vests are that they are made from materials designed for space. Curious now?
This new line of clothing, whose name is translated to English literally as “cooling by the space technology,” was developed by JAXA with Nippon Uniform Center and Teikoku Sen-I Co., the latter known for designing disaster-prevention products. Basically, the vests are made with space-age materials – but they also have a network of tubes that are built into them. The tubes make it possible for a built-in pumping mechanism to circulate a liquid coolant, ultimately giving the wearer a lower temperature. JAXA COSMODE, the clothing line that the vests were released under, says that the liquid coolant can bring down the temperature to as low as 4 degrees Celsius for a period of 30 minutes. If people will remember temperatures from the past Japanese summer seasons, “4 degrees Celsius that you can wear” is pretty much a very welcome thought.
The material used to make to the vests also make it easier for sweat to evaporate – much like the patented “dry fit” technology used in various sportswear items. The vests can also be cleaned in a normal washing machine at home, if you are actually thinking of getting one. But prepare to part with 60,000 yen (around US$590) to get one. It is a bit on the pricey side, but if money is not an issue, why not? You have to be quick about it, though, because JAXA is reportedly only making 1,000 units of these vests.
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