This desktop air conditioner creates a frosty bubble just for you

It’s estimated that there are over 1.5 million people who work from home in the UK. I’m one of them. The last time I worked in a formal office was an internship I did during the first year of my undergraduate degree, and while I’m not about to say ‘never again,’ I do enjoy the fact that I don’t have to deal with commutes, traffic, and brown-bag lunches.

That said, there’s an argument in favor of the traditional office that says it’s a much more comfortable environment, what with its ergonomic chairs and ubiquitous air conditioning. There are things you can do to bring your home office to a similar standard. One gadget I’ve spent the past few weeks playing with is the Evapolar. This little gadget is a near-perfect cube, resembling slightly the Companion Cube from Portal.

Evapolar, which just launched in the UK, does three distinct things. Firstly, (and obviously) it cools the room to a lower-level of 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit). Personally speaking, this is the ideal temperature for me, where I’m not too cold, and not too hot. The manufacturer says that the device creates a ‘microclimate.’ Although that just feels like a glorified way of describing the basic function of an air conditioner, it actually means that it only cools a small area, e.g. your workspace. This is handy if you work from a shared environment, like a living room or a co-working space, and you don’t want to disturb your neighbors.

It’s worth noting that the device works best in dry environments. If you live somewhere high humidity (over 70-percent), the Evapolar will be less effective at cooling you down.

That’s because the Evapolar is also a humidifier, which the company says improves the air quality, making it easier to breathe. The final piece in the hat-trick is that it purifies the air in the room, removing dust and other pollutants. This is huge if you suffer from…

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