Many of you may have read about the March 11th earthquake-tsunami which caused the collapse of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Due to the power plant’s shutdown, there is now a power shortage in the Tokyo and Tohoku northern region and the government has forced companies to cut down their power consumption by 15% to prevent blackouts.
Due to the new power saving compulsion, many companies and offices are forced to turn down their air conditioning systems. This makes it difficult for workers and employees to bear the heat of the summers and work comfortably in their workplaces. The amount of fans imported through Tokyo port reached a record high and some offices have started initiatives so that employees no longer have to wear jackets or ties in the workplace, meaning the air conditioning can be used at a lower power.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention, but in this case the invention had been created before the necessity even came. Kuchofuku Co. Ltd created a variety of cooling gadgets, including an air-conditioned jacket. They have seen orders for their jacket soar since the government has limited the use of electricity.
The name of the company literally means “air-conditioned clothing”, but they also make a variety of other air-conditioned products such as cushions and mattresses. The president of the company and creator of the jacket, Hiroshi Ichiyaga, was once an engineer for Sony and worked there for 20 years up until 1990. He wanted to design an air-conditioning unit that used minimum power until he realized something that would lead him to create the air-conditioned jacket. The idea was simple, as stated by Ichiyaga, “It came to me that we don’t need to cool the entire room, just as long as people in it feel cool”.
The Kuchofuku jacket has two electric fans powered by a lithium-ion battery that lasts up to 11 hours on a single charge. The fans powers can be adjusted to control air flow into the jacket which give it a “puffed up” look. But the comfort it provides allows people to overlook the fashion statement made by the jacket. The fans can suck up to 20 liters of air into the jacket which circulates through the cuffs and collars, evaporating sweat and creating a cooling effect as a result.
Sales of the company’s jacket have doubled in the last year and company’s are placing so many orders that Ichiyaga is forced to decline many since his company’s production rate cannot currently meet with the demand. However, Kuchofuku, has certainly made it’s mark in the Japanese market and it may even become popular in international marking with the increasing energy crisis Worldwide. Would you buy one? Tell us in comments!
Yes I want to buy this jacket..
Tell the price in Indian Rupee. what temperature is maintained. give address of availability in India.
Want to be your Channel Partner with Service Center and Dealer in India – North India
I am Adarsh Agrawal from India and I like your these invention and wanted to buy it now and can you even provide its dealership in India
Will it work in Indian atmosphere? Like temp 46 degree cent.
What is the price of the ac jacket I want it to be delivered to india please let me know
Whats the cost of this AC jacket and where it is available in Japan. I am residing at Yokohama, Japan.
Good invention, I want the dealership in J&K India.
dear sir pls air-condition jac ket very good.
What’s the price and can it be delivered to India??
4 i want buy wat rate??
I would like to know the price.
I would like to purchase one for myself. I need it to be delivered in India. pls let me know the price. and options of payment. and at how many degrees it can work and how about after service. Please kindly reply.
Sure get me one
What price ?
More details of the jacket and reduce by how many degrees celcius. Thanks
Very interested in your air condition jacket. Wander how much is it ? Can it work for country like Malaysia where the humidity is very high .
When one work under the sun, we sweat a lot , so will the air condition jacket dry the sweat and cool you down.
If it works and the price is right , I would like to be your agent for Malaysian market if you still hasn’t engaged an agent to market your jacket .
Thank you. Hearing from you soonest possible .
N C Chong
It’s just a couple of fans — it doesn’t really cool the air so it’s not an air conditioning jacket. Disappointing.
How can I get it.
How does it work? I mean, how can this jacket be made?
How do I get one n how much is one?
Good inventation how to get a dealer ship in oman please guide
Why asking where to buy it? Instead to make one
1. What is the price of the jacket in JPY.
2. What is your contact email/phone
I want your product for sale in thailand>
I want one, How can i get it 🙂