08. 27. 2007
Weather forcasting umbrella, plan for puddles
After a week or two of sporadic rain and sudden downpours in New York, I went in search of a more decent umbrella. As fate would have it, I stumbled upon the smartest umbrella on the market, the Weather Forecasting Umbrella. Seriously. It's a smart umbrella that provides visual weather-warning cues and also features a dual-canopy design to help it be gust-resistant.
What I love is that the base of the umbrella illuminates to alert the user to approaching inclement weather. The handle has a built-in radio receiver that allows it to receive weather data for 150 U.S. locations from Accuweather.com. Efficient and effective, the information interface operates on a proprietary wireless network, keeping it safely protected from interference from other wireless devices.
A single C battery powers a LED located at the base of the handle, which then flashes in proportion to the likelihood of precipitation in your area; if there is a 100% chance, it flashes rapidly, and if there is a 10% chance, it flickers slowly. The single battery provides up to a full year of power.
I can't speak with total accuracy here, but I have a feeling that this device is more useful than the weather men and women who seem to depend on an array of more technological and less-effective means for providing accurate and helpful on-the-spot information.
Price: $139.95 at Hammacher Schlemmer.