Gallery: Rain-Powered Illuminated ‘Lightdrops’ Umbrella!

 

Umbrellas that light up with integrated LEDs are nothing new: from Instructable’s DIY illuminated umbrella to patio umbrellas available at Lowes, LED Umbrellas have been around the block. But here’s a brilliant idea we’ve never seen before: an illuminated umbrella that is powered by rain! Designer Sang-Kyun Park has taken the illuminated umbrella idea to the next level with Lightdrops, an umbrella made from polyvinylidene fluoride [PDVF], a conductive membrane that powers LEDs with energy from falling rain.

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  1. biehn July 6, 2010 at 3:58 am

    .,that\’s a brilliant idea,., but what makes the fabric differ from the PVDF??
    .,and what\’s the PDVF stands for??
    .,is it differ with the PVDF that uses piezoelectric materials???

  2. theokobox December 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    That is really cool – i would love to know more about what exactly the farbics are made of… like are these chemical materials, or some kind of formula? How are they created?

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