Boring Reborn

Umbrellas evolve beyond rain protection to show that boring staples can be cool

Implications - You’ll never forget to bring your umbrella again… especially when you have one that can predict the weather, play music or display digital photos. These umbrellas demonstrate how everyday objects found in nearly every household can be turned into something that adds extra value, like providing information or entertainment. There is huge potential for umbrellas to be used as advertising mediums, particularly when they’re enhanced with eye-catching technologies. In regions where there’s a defined rainy season, you can get a lot of mileage out of “umbrellads."
SCORE: 4.2
Warm Top 6 Examples: 68,016 Total Clicks May 06 - Dec 07
Consumer Insight Topics: TechInventionsGadgetsSpecialUnique
My Day Electronic Paper Umbrella
SCORE: 5.4
V. Hot 24,466 Clicks Pub: May 10, 06
My Day Electronic Paper Umbrella
Designed by Hsiao Yong-li, the My Day Electronic Paper Umbrella allows you to select which image you want to project / display on the surface. Use one of the six themes provided or download different… [More]
Umbrella Photo Browser
SCORE: 5.4
V. Hot 14,969 Clicks Pub: Sep 23, 06
Umbrella Photo Browser
The Pileus System is an umbrella with a projector and a little wireless computer so you can browse through photos on Flickr, videos on YouTube, etc. "The Pileus System is a mobile tangible browser to… [More]
Bumperella - Non Lethal Umbrella
SCORE: 5.9
V. Hot 12,868 Clicks Pub: Jun 16, 06
Non Lethal Umbrella
Stop poking out other people's eyes! That's the goal of the innovative Bumperella concept from RKS Design. Interesting, but I would rather make sure OTHER people have a Bumperella... "The concept for… [More]
Light Saber Umbrella - LED and Rain Protector Together at Last
SCORE: 3.6
Mild 5,523 Clicks Pub: Feb 25, 07
Light Saber Umbrella
LED and Rain Protector Together at Last
The light saber umberlla is trendy waterproof rain gear mixed with illuminating LED flashlight in multi-colored handle. You'll be invincible in the rain walking as a Jedi. [More]
Music in the Rain - DAP Umbrella
SCORE: 2.6
Mild 6,067 Clicks Pub: Jan 11, 07
Music in the Rain
DAP Umbrella
The DAP umbrella is an umbrella with embeded speakers so you can listen to your music in the rain. The only problem with listening to portable music is the fact I am completely oblivious to the rest of… [More]
The Smart Umbrella - Flashes on Days it Will Rain (So You Don't Forget)
SCORE: 2.3
Untested 4,123 Clicks Pub: Feb 11, 07
The Smart Umbrella
Flashes on Days it Will Rain (So You Don't Forget)
How many times have you left home and only realized you'd forgotten your umbrella just as it started to pour rain? Well, help is on the way with the development of the Ambient Forecasting Umbrella that… [More]
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