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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Wearable Air Conditioners Will Keep GIs Cool
From Roland Piquepaille:

Modern soldiers are equipped with heavy suits which can protect them from chemical and biological weapons. But in case of extreme heat, they can be quickly incapacitated. The same is true for firemen. Now, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are showing lightweight and man-portable cooling technology, leading to truly wearable air conditioners.

As says this news release, "Hot, new microtechnology keeps GI's cool." They envision man-portable cooling systems weighing about three to four pounds and able to provide relief for up to six hours. Of course, this technology will be deployed for civilians as well.

This overview contains more details and references. And this technology is also described in "Powerful machines are coming in small packages", a news release from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
:: posted by Donald Melanson, 1:57 PM

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