MiClimate: Wearable Air Con For Motorcyclists!
Make Way For The Wearable Air Conditioner!
Wearable air conditioning for motorcyclists takes a huge step! Introducing the MiClimate, a revolutionary bit of kit that helps keep you comfortable when you’re riding, whatever the weather. Now, we’ve all been there: those days when it’s just too cold to enjoy your ride, or worse, when it’s so hot that you’re literally cooking yourself underneath your leathers. If you’re in need of a bit of extra comfort, then this might be the thing you’re looking for.
Would You Wear A Wearable Air Conditioner?
It’s called the MiClimate, and it’s currently sitting on IndieGoGo waiting for support. In essence, it’s a wearable belt that comes with a holster that holds onto a lithium ion battery and a cooling/heating unit that’s connected to a handlebar mounted, Bluetooth control unit. The thermo-electric cooler/heater is attached to an internal flexible structure that pumps the newly conditioned air exactly where you need it. It’s pretty cool, and could solve what seems to be the unsolvable problem.
Basically, it works by sucking in the air around you, and chilling it or heating to your desired temperature: either 18° F cooler than the ambient temperature, or up to 36° F warmer. The MiClimate comes with a lithium ion battery that boasts a four hour long session of air conditioning, but you can also connect it up to you bike’s battery with a handy connector should you need it to last longer.
However, there are a few potential pitfalls: circulating air around a tight leather-bound area could be tricky, especially when motorcycle apparel is generally designed to fit you like a second skin. The company, however, is based out of Phoenix, Arizona, so they’ll have plenty of time to test it out and make sure it does actually work! Next, despite how compact and streamlined the whole system is, there have been other attempts and none of them have ever really taken off – so unless MiClimate reaches it’s $20,000 goal, this product might also suffer the same fate and get classified as one of those: “so close, yet so far” innovations.
On the positive side, it has raised over $8000 of its target so far, and the campaign still has a month left to run. If you’re interested, a $249 pledge will get you the kit, but without the lithium ion battery; a pledge of $269 will get you the kit and the battery, which isn’t bad for $20 more.