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ClimaWare vest keeps warm in winter, cool in summer. While it may not garner any fashion awards, a line of climate-controlled clothing developed by an MIT student can help regulate the body's temperature. According to Co.Design, Kranthi Kiran Vistakula's ClimaWare apparel can operate for eight hours on a single charge, and the vest (pictured right) weighs the same as a pair of jeans. Vistakula's apparel, which also includes a helmet, neckwrap and jacket, is lined with metal pucks placed at spots on the body where blood vessels are most dense to more efficiently regulate body temperature. The pucks are made of two different metals, so that one heats up, and the other cools down. The resulting energy is transferred to the skin through a thermoelectric lining stitched inside the clothing.

While climate-controlled clothing has existed for a while, Vistakula's apparel, which won him the honor of being the Indian Technology Review's "2010 Innovator of the Year," is noteworthy for its light weight and efficiency. "While pursuing my Masters at MIT, I found the process of putting on and taking off additional layers of clothing in winter very cumbersome," Vistakula said. The lightweight tech could be used for athletes, soldiers or heat-deprived bloggers.

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