Winter can be a dreaded time of year for many. The sun barely hangs in the sky, the cold lingers, and dressing warm can be a burden depending on what plans you have for the day. We all tend to rely on layers of clothing as our main way of keeping warm during the winter months, clearly not much other than fabric has changed over the last thousand years. I think it’s time technology is fully utilized to create an easy to carry heating system for everyone.
One of the main reasons I want to create something that can be used to heat the body is because of how easy it is to start freezing in the cold once you stop moving. I came to realize that in today’s world people are constantly on the go, and if you layer up for the outdoors and are constantly hopping on and off of public transit it’s easy to underestimate how much clothing it takes to keep warm. There is also the fact not many people aren’t willing to overestimate how much clothing they wear to keep warm because they don’t want to have to carry that item if they get too. Then there are those who are exposed to the elements day in and day out, and having been one of them for a few years it became apparent clothing can only do so much when it comes to keeping warm throughout the entire day.
These days we don’t see many warming technologies, one that comes to mind is the pocket hand warmer. They do a great job at temporarily warming your hands but when you want to keep the body warm those just aren’t enough. I know that there is a battery powered heated jacket, it tends to run a high price and have mixed reviews.
My concept is to create a hand cuff like device which can blow warm air. A device which can be cuffed to any sized wrists that acts like a small blow dryer producing enough heat to blow up your arms and towards your core. This device would work wonders for warming people on the go, it would be battery powered with an on/off function allowing people to control when they want the heat. It will allow the person to lose one or two layers of clothing and on rainy days it would work wonders underneath a rain coat. The heat cuff would keep the extremities warm as it can be clipped to both your arms or legs and by warming the limbs it will keep the blood flowing throughout the body. The more blood the blood circulates the warmer you will be. Inside the device could be a heating coil or wire which can have an adjustable temperature setting, along with that would be two micro fans which could push the warm air out of the device.
When it comes to those who may benefit from such a device the list may very well be endless. My immediate thoughts are that it can be used by the elderly on a daily basis as they tend to get colder quicker than the younger generations. The device can help hikers have a reserve heating system in case they come across bad weather or low temperatures. Those in the construction industry working in the outdoors will have a device that can warm them when they need it. Having an on/off function allows them to turn it off when they are working harder preventing them from overheating. Parents watching their kids play sports in the outdoors can have this device on them along with their coffees to keep them warm.
The future for a device like this could be endless as it could be coupled with a watch like feature, or a FitBit. The goal is to get a device out for the winter, and maybe one day see one come out for the summer months that is like a portable fan attached to your wrist to keep you cool.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing some of your designs!