April 18, 2008
We like the simplicity in this weather forecasting umbrella - the color indicates the type of weather - blue for rain and yellow for sunny. Simple and elegant, we think concepts of ambient information about the weather throughout your day is the way to go. No need to yell at you from a weather radio, when you can pulse a color and get the same results.
How does it work? The Forecast Umbrella is embedded with wi-fi technology that pulls weather info from the Internet. The more intense the glow of the handle, the more ardent the umbrella's calling for you to take it along at that moment. This is still only a prototype, but we expect them to be available within the year.
Via The Succulent Wife's Favorite Things
April 4, 2008
You'd think the reinvention of the umbrella would have been done years ago, but besides different colors it never happened. Finally the Nubrella has come along and totally reinvented the concept. The nubrella also features a stylish sleek futuristic oval design. This new revolutionary sleek design, says goodbye to the "bobbing" effect on the busy sidewalks of metroplitan cities. Easy to use, you just push the button and pull the handle towards you and nubrella will simply "pop" open. With nubrella's patent pending "shoulder supports" nubrella simply rests on your shoulders and can be held with one finger. With nubrella's clear transparent material there is no more need to tilt your umbrella down and quickly back up to see while fighting the elements. Just walk straight away and see where you are walking all of the time with nubrella.
March 5, 2008
This solar umbrella has panels on top, for collecting and storing solar energy. When dusk falls, the energy gets converted to light, in the form of little LEDs on the umbrella's spokes. When the weather is nice, isn't it nice to collect a little electricity for those cool and interesting summer nights?
Via Shiny Shiny
December 10, 2007
Press the button and over 200 fiber optic lights begin to sparkle in blue, green, purple and red. The perfect umbrella to shed a little light on a rainy day, and perfect to make people notice you're there in bad conditions. The push-button umbrella has a waterproof lining and require 3 AAA batteries. Available for $39 USD.
Via Gear Live at Otherland
November 28, 2007
Glowing umbrellas are the way to go in bad weather and this concept "Glowing Umbrella" has more glow per umbrella square inch than you know what to do with. The best part - it's only $50.
Via Gizmodo At Tisch5
November 7, 2007
This umbrella has been injected with some wonderful technology in the handle. A built-in wireless receiver gets a daily weather forecast from Accuweather.com, and blue LEDs will flash to let you know if the forecast is rain or snow. The LEDs located at the bottom of the handle will flash in proportion to the chance of precipitation for your area; if there is a 100% chance, it will flash quickly, and if a 10% chance, it will flash slowly. The umbrella itself is also incredibly well made. When opened, the umbrellas 58" dual-canopy "gust buster" design resists strong wind gusts and keeps you fully sheltered from precipitation.
- Easy push-button opening action and full length storage sleeve with wrist strap.
- Blue LEDs in the handle indicate when rain or snow is expected
- Receives weather data for 150 U.S. locations from Accuweather.com
- Top quality "gust buster" canopy design
- Network signal and low battery indicator lights
- Takes a single "C" size battery (not included)
- Dimensions: 41 1/2" L x 58" Diameter (it is a large umbrella)/p>
For $99 I hope I never ever get wet.
Via Gadget Review at ThinkGeek Electronics
July 30, 2007
Ambient Devices announced the Ambient Umbrella, the world’s first umbrella that alerts users when rain is expected.The Ambient Umbrella automatically receives weather data from Accuweather.com via Ambient’s Infocast Network. Whenever precipitation is expected in the next 12 hours, the Umbrella’s handle illuminates to suggest “today is the day to take me with you.”
Continue reading: "Ambient Umbrella Tells You When Weather is About to Happen"
June 19, 2007
We like rain and we like having a good umbrella in it. Now when you're in a city or in a place where you need an umbrella but don't have one, you can often get a courtesy umbrella. Dutch Umbrella -- a startup focusing its efforts in and around the city of brotherly love -- is looking to take the idea of courtesy umbrella rentals to a new level by incorporating RFID tags and marketers. So what happens is, they track you via the umbrella and see what you might shop or purchase or places you visit. Kinda creepy - but it is a free umbrella.
May 29, 2007
We like the idea of it raining out and being able to see when it's going to stop using our umbrella. And when we think more about the Internet-ready Umbrella, raining is the only time you'd use it. Hmmm...worth it? Most likely if you're waiting at a bus stop or taking a long walk and want to read some email or check the weather. The prototype umbrella also features a GPS, digital compass, and can connect with Flickr and Google earth - maybe there's more to Internet-ready Umbrellas than meets the eye.
You can view a full video of the Internet Umbrella here.
Via Core 77