Israeli physicist Glen Guttman has developed a motorcycle air conditioner, an electronic unit powered by a standard motorcycle battery to funnel cold air into a thermal undershirt worn under a motorcyclist’s heavy outer jacket.
The air conditioning unit is a small, lightweight box that fits in the motorcycle’s storage compartment and is connected by rubber tubing to the motorcyclist’s torso.
“You have to take account of human physiology,” said the inventor. “The torso is the most effective target for air conditioning.”
Guttman hopes to move the system into production by mid-2005.
It would cost several hundred dollars, and initial marketing would be aimed at the United States and Europe.