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Tag Archives: umbrellas

Air Umbrella Creates An Air-Based Forcefield Above Your Head

We’re not sure why you’d want this Air Umbrella instead of a regular umbrella, other than to maybe feel like you’re living in the future. See, it basically replaces the canopy with a circular curtain of air that blows the raindrops clear out of the way. The large shaft contains a battery, while the dome has both an impeller and propeller, drawing air in only to blow it back out with force. Depending on the model, the battery should last between 15 and 30 minutes, and the entire thing weighs between 500g and 800g. So, yeah, you’re looking at a heavy umbrella that can protect you from the rain for 30 minutes at most. Oh, and it’s expensive too, with models becoming available with a $118 pledge. That’s a lot of things working against it, but hey, you pair this with some Back To The Future shoes and you can legitimately go around pretending you just traveled back in time.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Walyou ]

You Can Never Have Too Many Cupholders, Especially On Your Umbrella

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Morella is a cupholder for your umbrella. Before you laugh… ok, no, after you’re done laughing, you’ll want to notice that it’s not such a ridiculous idea after all. First off, the killer feature of Morella is that your liquids remain upright thanks to a special hinge, no matter what you do with the umbrella that the device is attached to. This means you can more or less walk around normally while carrying your drink and umbrella in one hand, while still having the other one free to take calls or do whatever. Sure, it looks silly, but if you think of the number of times when you’d actually enjoy having this (rainy music festivals, walking to work with a hot coffee in the morning, etc.), it actually looks to be worth the $16 pledge on their Kickstarter campaign.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ InventorSpot ]

Brolly Umbrella Frees Up A Thumb So You Can Text In The Rain

That’s the kind of society we’re becoming: one that creates products specifically so you can immerse yourself into your smartphone more efficiently. Avoiding any further social commentary, we’ll just say that the Brolly Rain Umbrella (as opposed to what kind of umbrella? Sun we suppose, but… really?) is just a regular umbrella that happens to have a handle with finger holes. This means you can hold it without using your opposable thumb, thus freeing it to join your free hand and double your texting speed in the rain. There are claims of it being “ergonomic”, but we’re not buying it; this design isn’t about providing optimum comfort or relieving stress. It’s about being able to text in the rain.

It’s $20.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ DamnGeeky ]