Weather predicting umbrella

There’s nothing worse than being caught out in the rain without an umbrella–especially if you happen to be on the road and can’t afford to ruin the only suit you brought with you.

A rather ingenious solution to this problem is the Ambient Umbrella. This convergence of new technology with old relies on a wireless network to communicate via with the handle of the umbrella. As rain or snow approaches, the handle turns blue (up to 12 hours out) and then begins to flash with increasing speed as the storm gets nearer. When it vibrates and gives you a vicious shock, you’ve been struck by lightening (ha! Just kidding).

At $100, it’s a bit pricey of a toy, but I suppose if you routinely travel in areas with inclement weather, it could come in handy.

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