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Panasonic will turn Japanese bus stops into islets of fog

Panasonic has announced the launch of an experimental demonstration of a new type of “climate capsule” from August 1 to September 30 that will allow residents and guests of Japan to more easily bear the hardships of hot summer.

This time, Panasonic engineers introduced a model of a bus stop, inside of which a “dry mist” is constantly sprayed from the smallest particles of water. He does not soak the hair and clothes of people and, at the same time, has a high ability to cool. The hydrophilic coating on the floor of the capsule is also wetted by sprayers and keeps the temperature within comfortable limits, so that passengers do not have to shift from foot to foot on the hot asphalt.

If the first models were made in a futuristic design and tightly separated from the outside world by walls, the new one, on the contrary, resembles an open canopy in the traditional Japanese style. Its walls, by and large, are virtual and are formed from streams of fog, twisting like a tornado and dense enough to keep a cloud of cool air inside the “capsule” so that it is not blown out by the first wind. The entire structure, including the roof, is weather resistant.


The place for testing new “climate capsules” will be the smart city of Fujisawa, built and recently opened by Kanagawa Prefecture by a consortium of nearly 20 large Japanese companies initiated by Panasonic. In the future, the development can find use in equipping public transport stops, arbors in parks and other places where people are forced to stay for a long time, including, during the hottest time of the day. Panasonic plans to commercialize the product in 2018.

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