At Brolliesgalore we like to keep you up-to-date of all things umbrella-related that are going on in the news. Back in 2012 we wrote a blog post
about a rather unusual umbrella that was in the prototype stage of development - The Air Umbrella.
The Air Umbrella
is a deceptively simple yet highly creative design for an umbrella. In today's world of electronic gadgetry the umbrella has been relatively untouched by it until now - indeed, the umbrella design we use today has remained practically unchanged for centuries. The concept of the Air Umbrella is to have an extendible plastic shaft, which, when switched on, draws in air from the bottom, and forces it up through the shaft to the top where the air is forced out horizontally to provide a thin curtain of fast-moving air that deflects any rain drops falling on you and pushes them far enough from you that you remain dry!
It was the brainchild of Je Sung Park & Woo Jung Kwon in 2012. And the simple piece of technology can be extended and retracted as needed, making this a highly portable device. They also proposed that the airflow would be entirely adjustable, providing an variable canopy radius as needed (or it can be increased to repel heavier rainfall). A very clever and deceptively simple idea!
Now, back in 2012 when we reported on the Air Umbrella's conceptual stage
, we mentioned that it would be interesting to see how this design develops and if it goes into wider manufacture - we are glad to reveal it is! The only disadvantage we saw was the battery life, and how long it lasts - apparently, depending on model, it lasts between 15 minutes to 30 minutes. So it is for short trips only. But this is the same issue that we face with all electronics - from smartphones to laptops - and that doesn't stop us using those. However, we do also wonder how noisy it is? Also, will passing pedestrians also be irritated by your Air Umbrella blowing the rain into their faces?
To find out more about this exciting design, check out the demonstration in the video below. The Air Umbrella is also covered in today's Metro, and you can find out about how to get your hands on one of these Air Umbrellas at its very own Kickstarter page.
Do let us know if you buy one as it would be great to hear your thoughts!