This Cuddly Python Redirects AC to the Back of Your Car

If you're looking for an act of futility, try keeping a couple of young kids comfortable in the back of a car during a long road trip. There's an infinite number of sources of discomfort they'll eventually find, but with this long plush tube that redirects an air conditioning vent directly to the back seat, being hot… » 9/09/14 3:15pm 9/09/14 3:15pm

Helsinki Blasted Out an Underground Lake To Water-Cool Its Buildings

If you've visited Helsinki, you've probably spent time in its leafy Esplanade Park at the center of the city. Now Helsinki has turned the ground below the park into a subterranean lake which can keep buildings and other civic operations cool as part of a growing network that replaces traditional air conditioning… » 9/08/14 1:34pm 9/08/14 1:34pm

Fill This Cooler With Icy Water and It Doubles As an Air Conditioner

There's not an ice-cold beverage in the world that can refresh and cool you as effectively as an air-conditioned room can, but the IcyBreeze cooler offers up both options, just in case. Fill it with ice and it keeps drinks cold all day long, but add a little water and extend the hose on top and suddenly it becomes a… » 7/21/14 5:00pm 7/21/14 5:00pm

Quirky's New A/C Unit Smartens Up Your Dumbest Energy Hog

This is Aros, a Wi-Fi connected air conditioner aimed at energy-conscious consumers that Quirky and GE are launching today. It's by far the biggest and most complicated product that Quirky has ever built, and it aims to help solve truly endemic problem: The window a/c unit, which has remained pretty much unchanged… » 3/19/14 9:00am 3/19/14 9:00am

A Simple Clay Pot Could Replace Your Noisy Air Conditioner

Air conditioners aren't exactly known for being particularly environmentally friendly, but during a scorching summer we're all happy to turn a blind eye. Not Thibault Faverie, though. Perhaps racked by guilt, he's created the Cold Pot, a simple terracotta device that can cool a room using just evaporating water. » 2/05/14 2:40pm 2/05/14 2:40pm

Would You Wear This Air Conditioning Hat if It Actually Worked?

As the summer creeps closer and closer and you start preparing for the warmer weather, would you seriously consider wearing a hat with a tiny built-in air conditioner if it actually kept you comfortable? The Cool Smile might look similar to the fan-equipped cap you wore as a kid, but instead of spinning blades it uses… » 6/12/13 2:30pm 6/12/13 2:30pm

Air-Conditioned Pants May be the Most Over-Engineered Garment, Ever

It's hot as hell outside, these days, and it's pretty much unfuckingbearable to endure. Which may be why it took me an embarrassingly long amount of time—a few minutes, in this case, is a few minutes too many—to come back down to Earth and realize that pants with their own built-in A/C are not as brilliant as my… » 7/17/12 12:30am 7/17/12 12:30am

How Much Technology Would You Trade for Air Conditioning?

Complaining about the heat is about as tiresome as sitting in an un-airconditioned room and sweating into the puddle of tears you're sobbing because your body is shutting down from heat stroke. So let's not do that. Instead, let's ask: What is the technological masterstroke of air conditioning worth to you? » 7/04/12 9:00am 7/04/12 9:00am