It’s usually a bad thing being stuck in the rain with a dying cellphone, but European networking giant Vodafone is offering a solution to portable phone charging with the Booster Brolly. Developed at the University College in London, the Booster Brolly is an umbrella that triples up as a charger and signal booster.
The brolly harnesses the power of the sun via solar panels within the canopy. The electrical components are housed in carbon-fibre, with a USB port located on the handle. The brolly is capable of fully charging most phones in less than 3 hours. Anyone using a cellphone underneath its canopy receives a 3G signal boost.
While the Booster Brolly is currently a concept slated for release in the UK, it could definitely be of use in North America, especially with all the outdoor concerts abuzz during the spring and summertime.
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By: Frank Luanda - Published: Jun 15, 2012 • References: engadget