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08. 27. 2007

Weather forcasting umbrella, plan for puddles

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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.

Posted by chrissie    Category: wearables
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Comments (32)

Victoria Ross:

I absolutely love the idea of this umbrella. I would love to own it.

David Bertolo:

Rome is boring when it rains, darlings

Gary Miller:

Amzing, more technology then Apollo 13:)

Jacqueline Collins:

what a cool umbrella

Denise Mower:

This is incredible! i would love to have it!

janet lindsey:

nice umbrella

Robert McGill:

What a clever umbrella! I believe I like the canopy on top almost as much as the weather forecasting ability.

Vicky Boackle:

great umbrella

Mark Fine:

Now all we need is rain....

amy mayer:

is this the coolest thing or what!?

Sylvia Belle:

This is an unbelivable umbrella that lets you know when to carry it.

Kaye Knight:

Unbelievable -- this is COOL
I want this one so bad

Ruth Utterback:

This is great and I would love to have one

sally wess:

what a cool prize for a great site.

Sheila Wanner:

This looks like a great item to have !!

Dominique Jeuge:

Everybody needs one of these - what a smart idea!

Shaun Davis:

Wow! That is great!

Autumn Brown:

Great idea!!!

Edward Delfino:

I hope it can predict other things too!

Sheryl:

This could not be less accurate than the weatherman and it will be useful once I have the information where as the weatherman has no use in the actual weather. Thanks!

Mihaela Day:

Count me in please !!

Tiffany G:

Wonderful Umbrella!!

Kathy Scott:

Wow, what an awesome idea.

Alice Sheffield:

I would love this umbrella.

Louis:

ennter me please, this thing is awesome

Gayle Morgan:

this is so necessary

Todd Walden:

Wow! Too cool!

Auriette Lindsey:

This sounds great! I'd love to try it out here in the Liquid Sunshine State.

Tammy OHagan:

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Oh WOW!!!

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Count me In, please!

Thanks

Tammy

Mickey Anderson:

Hey, this would be great. Love to win. thanks.

Marie N.:

Just wanted to say thank you for offering such a great giveaway. COUNT ME IN TO WIN!

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