Could a wristband replace air conditioning?

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Author's Note: Could a wristband replace air conditioning?

Even if Wristify is indeed the wave of the future and in a few short years we're all wearing personalized wristbands that let us maintain optimal comfort (it will probably be a device that also lets us make phone calls, surf the Web and even monitor outside temperatures), I'm going to go out on a limb and say that there will still be huge swaths of the U.S. that are off limits to me most parts of the year simply because they're too cold. I don't like the cold. More importantly, I don't like the gray, overcast skies that often accompany frigid temperatures. Call me a self-diagnosed sufferer of seasonal affective disorder, but cloudy skies and 5 p.m. nightfalls put a damper on my day. A wristband that can warm me up on a chilly afternoon sounds nice, but what I really want is a device that brings out the sun.

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