Designers’ goal was to make a wearable mobile kotatsu.
After a warmer-than-usual early autumn, cold weather came rushing to Japan over the past week. It was bound to happen eventually, and thankfully there’s a new way to cope with the increasingly chilly chill in the air.
As is so often the case, the unorthodox answer comes from Japanese gadget maker Thanko, with what it’s calling the Kotanpo.
Thanko calls the Kotanpo a “wearable one-person kotatsu,” evoking the name of the low Japanese table with a heater on the underside to keep your legs warm. Instead of furniture,