Those who live in areas with moody, unpredictable weather may be interested in the latest smart umbrella and its meteorological charms. The oombrella links to your smartphone to alert you when the next downpour will occur; it will even text you when you are too far out of range to ensure you don’t leave it behind.
Creators wezzoo are currently striving toward their Kickstarter goal, offering backers an opportunity to snag one of the first editions for €59 ($66 USD) and up. If it seems like a steep price for an umbrella, you would be right, except this is no standard umbrella. The Kevlar-made ribs offer protection (and longevity) from the winds, while a screw fixture for your GoPro brings the accessory into the 21st century.
The most appealing aspect of the design, however, is its connection to the wezzoo weather app that can predict rainfall within 15 minutes. When connected to your smartphone via a chip, the oombrella’s handle will blink if you get a call or text – particularly helpful during loud downpours. It also has social functions to connect with other users and records your favorite strolls to piece together an even clearer picture of your local weather patterns. Act now if you want your own smart umbrella – after all, it is April, and the showers are starting.
Images via oombrella