Solar-Powered Umbrella Automatically Inflates When the Sun Shines

A passing cloud can make the sun's rays a little more bearable on a hot summer afternoon. Which is presumably what inspired the Netherlands' Studio Toer to create this cloud-shaped parasol that automatically inflates whenever the sun is shining, providing some much-needed shade without you having to get off your comfy… » 3/31/14 12:00pm 3/31/14 12:00pm

A Strong Case For an Umbrella With a Bendable Handle

As useful as an umbrella is for staying dry when it's pouring rain, they can be a pain to deal with when you get back inside and they're soaking wet. But designers Liang-Hock Poh and Ming-Hung Lin realized that by simply making the umbrella's handle flexible, it was far easier to hang somewhere for drying, and easier… » 2/28/14 9:20am 2/28/14 9:20am

This Reflective Umbrella Surrounds You In a Super-Safe Halo of Light

To me, whimsical umbrellas—you know, the kind printed with Starry Night or cats—have always seemed like a mockery of the rain-drenched commuter's misery. But this reflective version actually makes practical sense, since it turns its owner into a glowing beacon of safety. » 2/23/14 10:00am 2/23/14 10:00am

This Unique Umbrella Will Never Flip Inside Out Because It Already Is

A Japanese company may have finally solved the issue of umbrellas flipping inside out during nasty storms with a new, rather brilliant design: why not have the umbrella inside out to begin with? You'll probably need to take a few minutes to wrap your head around the concept, which actually has several advantages over a … » 11/04/13 10:49am 11/04/13 10:49am

The Last Umbrella You'll Ever Buy Can Easily Survive a Wind Tunnel

Taking inspiration from a motorcycle helmet, which protects riders from the elements without hindering their line of sight, Stephen Collier created the Rainshader to be the next generation of umbrellas. And given it can survive Gale Force 7 winds up to 40 miles per hour, it could be the last brolly you ever buy. » 5/09/13 11:29am 5/09/13 11:29am

The World's Smallest Automatic Umbrella: Drench Protection That Fits in …

The Weather Channel reporters, with all their talk of Doppler radars and satellites and fear mongering weather graphics, are, in the end, just a bunch of liars. They may say you're in for sunny skies, but just hours later you'll find yourself beneath a torrential downpour, umbrella-less and unprepared. Hammacher… » 3/07/13 11:16am 3/07/13 11:16am

An Umbrella Made of Cork to Plug Up the Rain

Totally sustainable, naturally impermeable, and protector of drinkables, cork is an incredible thing. But more than being functional, it's all the rage with the kids these days! And we can see why. This newly unveiled cork umbrella from Pelcor is lovely to look at but with the added, smug bonus of knowing your… » 3/01/13 7:20pm 3/01/13 7:20pm

Redesigned Umbrella Handle For Those Who Refuse To Stop Texting When…

If you've ever tried to frustratingly juggle your phone and umbrella like some hapless idiot in an infomercial, you can rest assured there's at least one other person who's been in the same situation. But instead of grumbling about it, they went and created the Brolly: an umbrella with a redesigned handle that makes it … » 1/23/13 1:00pm 1/23/13 1:00pm

This Brilliant Umbrella Redesign Keeps More Than Just Your Head Dry

The slightest gust on a rainy day can make the umbrella you're carrying completely useless. Besides flipping inside out, it doesn't protect you from rain being blown in from the side. So Lin Min-Wei and Liu Li-Hsiang came up with the Rain Shield, a radical re-thinking of the umbrella that seemingly solves those… » 10/26/12 8:37am 10/26/12 8:37am

Sensor-Filled Umbrella Turns Raindrops Into a Retro 8-Bit Soundtrack

Nintendo may have long since abandoned the Game Boy platform, but it hasn't stopped artists with a passion for retro 8-bit sounds from using it to still create music. Like Alice Zappe, whose love of Game Boy chiptunes also inspired her to create this umbrella that turns rain drops into bleeps and bloops. » 6/02/12 3:00pm 6/02/12 3:00pm

Uberhood Bike Umbrella Protects You From Rain, Sun and Unobstructed…

There's a good reason this is probably the first bike mounted hands-free umbrella you've ever seen. Previous attempts to bring such a product to fruition fizzled out once their creators realized what a terrible idea it would be. But not the makers of the Uberhood. » 11/03/11 8:20pm 11/03/11 8:20pm