The Oto Shigure is a Japanese umbrella made from bamboo and paper... and has a built-in speaker system!
The Oto Shigure umbrella works like a personal, portable sound system; but while it doesn't seem like something sturdy for bad weather, it would be fun to take it singing in the rain!
"Developed by Keio University and IT company Toa Engineering, Oto-Shigure looks like an ordinary traditional Japanese umbrella made of bamboo and oiled paper, but the entire object emits sound when connected to an iPod or other portable audio device," Pink Tentacle says.
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The Oto Shigure
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3. Tech-infused Traditional Crafts - The combination of traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, as seen in the Oto Shigure umbrella, opens up possibilities for innovative and unexpected creations.
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3. Crafts and Artisanal Products - By infusing traditional crafts with modern technology, the Oto Shigure umbrella represents a disruptive innovation opportunity for the crafts and artisanal products industry.