Here’s a prime example of a product solving a first-world problem: Phone-Brella lets you text and hold the umbrella at the same time.
My reader Bjerg made my day by pointing me to these Goggles Umbrellas. If this product doesn’t have a built-in happy factor, I don’t know what does. Totally wishlisted. Now, if only I could figure out how to order from this site.
(And yes, I am slightly obsessed with umbrellas, after all, it’s one of the reason why I met my wonderful husband!)
Dave and Fabian of Holstee fought the rain this morning and came to visit me at swissmiss studio. As they were walking in I noticed Dave’s supercool umbrella. Knowing how careful they select products they own, I wasn’t surprised to hear that this was a fully biodegradable umbrella. And yes, it’s available in their shop.
Anyone who’s been in NYC after a storm has seen it – the streets and trash cans are filled with the super cheap black umbrellas, destined to sit in our landfills for hundreds of years. This is the worlds first fully biodegradable umbrella. It is made of 3 materials bamboo, organic cotton and a patented biodegradable bio film. It’s great to look at, but don’t be fooled, it is designed to withstand winds up to 40 mph – common street umbrellas will barely make it past 12mph.
Brelli: Bamboo Umbrella
Hands-Free Umbrella, Ryo Masaki, 2005 (why does she have her hand up there at the handle if it is supposed to be hands-free?)
This unique, funnel shaped umbrella harnesses the flow of rainwater down into its handle, a water pistol. The user can fire at will, maintaining a constant flow of water as long as rain continues to fall!
“Milo” – Milo is rain-o-phobic, so he carries an umbrella with him at all times.
(8″ x 10″ and is printed on 8.5″ x 11″ | $20.00)
Color Wheel Umbrella: I think it’s time for me to introduce a new category: Umbrellas. Right G?
Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass, and it provides two main functions; A Social Photo-sharing and A 3D Map Navigation.
The photo function is connected to a major web service “Flickr”. A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. Users can also enjoy themselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr …with simple operation of wrist snapping.
Pileus: The Internet Umbrella. Made for you, G!