The Baobab Brolly is the Volvo of umbrellas

When you think of a Volvo, you think of a car that tows the fine line between being aesthetic but also having a reputation for being robust and reliable. The Baobab Brolly too shares that same image. With a steel-nickel frame, and a high-density fabric clad, the entirely handmade Baobab Brolly was designed to do two things. Look good and last long… And it was designed to not do one thing. Get lost or stolen.

The Baobab Brolly comes with its own GPS tracker, built right into the handle. The tracker lets you know exactly where you’ve left your umbrella, via an app on your phone, informing you if it’s lying under a table at your local cafe, or if left it at the office. Quite unlike indoor GPS enabled tracking devices, unless you turn it off, there is always a connection between app and the umbrella. The connection can last till 15 steps (=1,125 cm / 37 Feet ), however when that connection is broken for a minute, the app on the phone alerts you about the broken connection. This how you can prevent the loss of your umbrella. Through bbb.B app you can only track down the last place where there was a connection.

The GPS tracker comes with a battery life of over three years. Couple that with the Baobab Brolly’s sturdy frame and you’ve got yourself a stylish umbrella that lasts 6 times longer than your conventional easy-to-break and easy-to-lose umbrella… And if you ever get bored of your umbrella in those 6+ years, the Baobab Brolly features a swappable design, allowing you to detach your handle and attach it to a Brolly umbrella of a different color!

Designer: Stefan Lee

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Baobab Brolly – Customizable Umbrella with Loss Prevention System

British handcrafted umbrellas featuring loss prevention system (GPS tracker built right into the handle) & based on a modular system (letting you swap just the part you’re not happy with, as opposed to having to discard the whole Brolly), it’s a sustainable solution for the world where everything else is smart.

It’s sustainable and customizable. Brolly can be disassembled down to handle, canopy and tip. It not only offers you the option to personalize your Brolly experience but also improves the umbrella’s natural lifespan.

Know where your umbrella is all the time. They have embedded loss alert smart technology into the handle which is connected to an app on your smartphone.

15 steps. The smart handle features loss prevention system which will go off when the distance between your mobile and your Brolly is greater than 15 steps. It will also let you locate your brolly on the map, thanks to the Beacon tracking system.

Built To Be Strong

Based on British craftsmen’s know-how Brolly applies the original umbrella-making technology (developed and tested for over 150 years) and enhances it with nickel frame and strengthened iron ribs to ensure you are prepared for the worst weather.

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Solid and resilient steel nickel frame.

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20m/s(44.74mph)

Open Up to Color

Urban Classic Grey, Urban Classic Apricot, Urban Classic Deep Green, Urban Classic Black.

Did you know 85% of us tend to use black umbrellas? bbb.B offers your broad range of colors that will make a rainy pavement your personal runway.

High-Quality Materials and Handmade

From the start of the production to the final ironing, all of their umbrellas are 90% handmade by trained craftsmen.

Brolly offers more advanced waterproofing than other umbrellas in the market due to its fabric. The fabric is made of 75 strands of polyester tied together in a single thread. It has more than 30% higher density compared to other umbrellas available on the market, with the same 75T fabric.

Did you know that you can use Brolly for sun protection too? The effect may differ between the colors but you can expect UV blocking of anything between 90% (Urban Classic Black) to 60% (Urban Classic Light Gray).

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This umbrella’s smart patch ensures mess-free folding in 5 seconds!

Surreal, but nice (quoting Notting Hill here) or not so nice, as the case may be – most umbrellas don’t fold in evenly and you have to spend a good few minutes trying to tuck them neatly into your bag, as you step out of the rain and into your car or building. The struggle is real and the frustration of a dripping wet contraption can be unnerving.

Addressing this issue is the TAGIT Umbrella that folds neatly and snaps shut in a jiffy. Five seconds, to be precise. The result is a happy you, quickly folds and shuts your umbrella as you step into your dry space and out of the rains.

It’s not magic but the handy work of Smart-Patch technology and Teflon EcoElite. The Smart-Patch technology allows the umbrella to fold at the pleats and snap shut quickly thanks to the magnetic buckle. The Teflon EcoElite coating on the fabric of the umbrella, ensures that the water slides off quickly.

Designer: Alex Li

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TAGIT™ Umbrella

After use for storm or sun, TAGIT’s patent pending “TAGS” technology allows you to fold the umbrella and secure it in just a few seconds. The TAGIT umbrella would always be as tidy and perfect as the first time you open it.

Closer Into the Smart-Patch Tech

When collapsing the umbrella, the Smart-Patch will guide the umbrella to fold into a preset position.

By altering the parameters of the production equipment, the thickness and hardness of each patch can be different. Thus, the thickness and hardness of the whole patch is fully controllable and precisely in accordance with the values they set.

The significance of Smart-Patch technology lies in being able to control the reaction of each part of the umbrella when folded. With each specific design of the patch’s form, having the creases in different directions allow the contraction and expansion of the patch to be controlled with relative freedom. They can even specify the folding reaction sequence across the umbrella.

Magnetic Buckling System

They believe TAGIT’s magnetic buckling system is the best closing mechanism on the market, securing the umbrella to be clean, smooth, and hassle free.

Umbrella Fabric

Teflon EcoElite™ is the first renewably-sourced, non-fluorinated fabric treatment for durable water-repellency and is manufactured with 60% renewably-sourced raw materials. It overcomes the disadvantage that traditional Teflon may harm the environment.

TAGIT only requires two shakes and the raindrops are gone. You can simply put it in your bag or take it into the car without any hazitation.

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This crown for your umbrella collects all the water when you stand it upside-down

With a shape that looks like a splash of water and a yellow color that almost gives it the appearance of a mini-crown, the Supporting Umbrella solves two rather annoying problems with the umbrella experience. A. Stability, and B. Water dripping on the floor.

The Supporting Umbrella retrofits onto most umbrella designs with the spoke at the end. It gives your umbrella a cute crown when open in the rain, and when you’re done, lets you stand the umbrella vertically on its tip. When placed vertically upside down, the Supporting Umbrella attachment uses a small concavity to collect all the water that drips off your umbrella, so that you’re not left with a pool of water on the floor every time you try to dry your umbrella out. Rather neat, isn’t it?

The Supporting Umbrella is a winner of the A’ Design Award for the year 2019.

Designer: Li Purui

Pennywise IT Raining Blood Umbrella Doesn’t Float

Sometimes it rains cats and dogs, and you need an umbrella to avoid getting wet. Your umbrella doesn’t have to be boring and black. It can have creepy clowns and blood splatter on it.

The IT: Raining Blood Pennywise liquid reactive umbrella is up for pre-order on Merchoid. It starts out all white with black line art of Pennywise from the recent IT movie. When rain hits it, a delightful red blood spatter appears.

Pennywise also gets red lips, nose, and slash marks on his face. The umbrella is $22.99 and can be preordered now with delivery starting this June.

The Immortal Umbrella

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The undependability of umbrellas is such that we’ve come to view them as temporary fixtures in our lives. Instead of merely accepting this notion, designer Liad David has designed the “immortal” MYU umbrella that can be repaired and reused for a lifetime.

Without sacrificing style, it features a simplistic construction that can be fixed by the user. A modular selection of rods, screws, and fabric sections are readily available and, with a little instruction, can be swapped out easily in minutes. This makes it a fun DIY project users can continue to enjoy and connect with. Better yet, you can hand it down as an heirloom for years to come.

Designer: Liad David

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An Umbrella for Your Umbrella

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The average umbrella might be useful for keeping YOU dry, but keep your FLOORS dry is a whole ‘nother story. Designed with this in mind, the Drip Tip is a simplistic yet highly useful tool you can add on to any umbrella to keep less rain water from reaching your floors after you’ve come in from the rain.

Made from flexible rubber, the design can adapt to the top end of just about any umbrella. Once secured, users can close their umbrella and turn it upside down as they normally would, using the Drip Tip is a tactile rubber stopper to prevent sliding and simultaneously collecting any loose rain drops that mights slide down the neck. Shaped like an umbrella itself, it’s like an umbrella for your umbrella (and floors!).

Designer: Pakzu Design Studio

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The ultimate beach accessory that cuts the sun and juices your phone

The Shader is literally everything you’d need for a day on the beach. Designed in Australia, the Shader’s skill set makes it by far the most apt item to carry to the beach because this collapsible product serves as a pillow, sun-shade/umbrella, drink-holder, solar charger, and adjustable fan.

The Shader comes with a collapsible design that fits right into Shader’s own beach tote bag. Built with a pillow and a collapsible umbrella, the device makes lazing on the beach an absolute dream as you gather a tan on your body without having the glare in your eyes or the wind blowing sand on your face. The pillow cushions your head, also making sure you don’t get sand in your hair, and even comes with a chill-pack that keeps your neck cool in the harsh heat. Lift the pillow up and you’ve got yourself a nifty drink-holder that can hold as many as 6 bottles or cans for that beach-side hydration.

The Shader’s premium kit also comes with a solar charger that lets you juice your phone, or even plug a USB fan into, so you’ve got every ounce of easy-breezy comfort on the beach. You have to admit, Australians know how to maximize their beach trips!

Designer: HGT Innovations

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An Umbrella You Can Actually Handle

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Seeing this design reminded me just how good I have it living in Los Angeles! It also reminded me of the days when I would trudge through the wind, rain, and snow in New York City, trying to balance the rest of my life in hand while struggling to keep an umbrella from being ripped out of my hands by the wind. Never again. Unless, that is, I score a Cloud Umbrella by Nate McCracken.

The magic is all in the handle. It’s been adapted so that we can carry on everyday life the same as if it weren’t raining. You can hold it in hand as you would a normal umbrella, clench it between the elbow to free up your hands, or loop it around your wrist when you’re not using it. Best of all, it’s specially designed to hang from any table or other surfaces to dry without getting dirty.

Designer: Nate McCracken

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Detailed research. Shadowing, observing, taking notes and trying to empathize with the needs of a market. Her hands were always working at the limit. This became the inspiration to design an ergonomic umbrella that wouldn’t occupy either of her hands.

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With an adjustable PVC model and several rounds of foam models, Nate began to hone in on the perfect ergonomics.

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People use their elbow crook for more than you would think.

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Testing across all heights the ideal form was precisely measured that compromises and fits anyone. You can securely hold an umbrella by fitting the two orange curves between ones underarm and elbow crook. Curving the contact points, allows minor adjustments which means anyone can find a comfortable placement.

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Closing off the two arms helps it communicate how it is to be held. Plywood for structure and cork to provide a little cushion.

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Using a Shopbot, the profiles were cut out of cork and plywood to build 30 units. The parts were assembled cut to create a full round. Everything is sealed with danish oil.

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The unique handle design allows the umbrella 4 main functions:

– Hands free getting it from A to B
– Standard umbrella; no harm done
– Hands free in the rain.
– Hangs on any table edge to dry

This Drone Umbrella Follows You to Keep You Dry

Imagine pulling into your driveway and getting out of your car while your umbrella is already hovering there to protect your from a downpour as as you get out. Imagine one hovering over you as you walk down the street. Soon enough, you may never need to hold an umbrella again. Drones teaming up with umbrellas. That’s the future I want.

A Japanese company called Asahi Power Services is making it happen. It’s not just for rainy days either. Drone umbrellas can help you beat the heat on a sunny day too. While the prototype requires manual piloting, the Free Parasol will eventually use a camera and AI to register, track, and autonomously follow a user’s head to keep them covered. This is technology that’s already in use with autonomous drones, so the concept isn’t entirely new, but they have to work out the kinks before everyone is walking around with a drone umbrella.

Right now, the prototypes have a flight time of just 20 minutes, which isn’t a whole lot, but enough to get you between buildings or to your car during a rainstorm. The Free Parasol could be available as soon as 2019 for around $275. That’s when you’ll be seeing umbrellas crash into each other on every street. I hope not. It’s a cool idea. I really hope this happens.

[via Gizmodo]