Handycooler Personal Air Conditioner
Okay, with Labor Day having passed and summer unofficially over, this isn't the most timely gadget you're going to see. However, it still looks like a pretty handy device to have if you regularly suffer from hot, dry temperatures. Like swamp coolers in buildings, the Handycooler personal AC unit uses evaporative cooling to help keep your red, sweaty face a little cooler on those 90 + days. Simply wet a sponge, place it inside the unit and the ducted fan will blow air over the damp sponge cooling it by up to 25 degrees F.
The Handycooler will run a bit more than a personal fan at $45, but if it works as outlined, it should also keep you a lot cooler. This would be a great addition to places like campsites and outdoor concert venues where you simply can't escape the sweltering sun. Or, bring it to the office where Joe Corporate is too cheap to lower the thermostat below 80.
The Handycooler measures just 2.5 x 2 x 7 inches and weighs 7 ounces so transport is a snap. Power options include 4 AA batteries, home power outlet and USB port. The cooler runs for five hours on batteries.