Umbrella of the future is ‘invisible’

October 16 2014 8:40 PM

Tired of shaking off water droplets from your umbrella, or embarrassed when it is blown inside-out by strong winds?

If designers from China will have their way, everyone will soon have an umbrella without the waterproof cloth and metal ribs.

Instead of shielding the owner from the rain using waterproof fabric, a prototype product called “Air Umbrella” will use jetted air to keep the raindrops away.

Its creators call it a “real invisible umbrella” since the barrier of air keeping the owner from getting wet is invisible to the naked eye.

“When we make use of the airflow, we can protect ourselves from the rain drops. Then the airflow forms an umbrella without a visible cover,” the group said in its Kickstarter page.

Photos and description of the product have already circulated online. With the standard umbrella looking very much the same as it was decades ago, the “Air Umbrella” has indeed piqued the interest of netizens.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to sell the umbrellas even before they are mass produced to gather enough capital for the production. Early birds may buy an Air Umbrella for a minimum of $88 each.

While the concept is appealing, the product itself is dependent on batteries and can only hold for 15 to 30 minutes.

Because of its popularity online, pledges for the Kickstarter project have exceeded the target of $10,000 and has reached $42,000 as of October 16.