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Sony Pocket Air Conditioner Is Phil Dick's Idea!

In his complicated 1965 story The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, science fiction great Philip K. Dick describes the perfect personal appliance for commuters on a warmer Earth:

Looking out the window he saw with aversion that already it had become too hot for human endurance; the footer runnels were abruptly empty as everyone ducked for cover. The time was eight-thirty and he now had to leave; rising, he went to the hall closet to get his pith helmet and his mandatory cooling-unit; by law one had to be strapped to every commuter's back until nightfall...

He opened the door and stepped out into the hall, feeling the cool wind of the portable unit as it chugged from behind him...
(Read more about Philip K. Dick's commuter cooling unit)

It's a pretty slick idea; if only it was possible to buy one...

They're not required by law. Yet.

Fairly accurate prediction, wouldn't you say? Perhaps you'd like to see more than two hundred of Philip K. Dick's ideas and inventions?

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