From Workout-Friendly Rain Gear to Smartphone-Connected Umbrellas

By: Jana Pijak - May 16, 2015
These innovative umbrellas range from phone-connected rain products to accessories that appeal to health-conscious consumers. For decades, the traditional umbrella hasn't changed all that much but new technologies and materials are making the familiar object more innovative and advanced.

Whether featuring truly waterproof textiles, smart phone connection capabilities or built-in weather sensors, these umbrellas are not your average rain protector. In addition to rain accessories that combine fashion with function, this list also zones in on sensor-equipped umbrellas that ensure one stays dry and safe during heavy rain conditions.

Other products include self supporting rain accessories and hands-free umbrella hats that are practical for runners, cyclists or those who are likely to work outdoors, even in rainy conditions.