Does anyone ever truly own an umbrella? Or do we simply donate them to the community via the bus or train, or beneath the table in a cafe? I personally must have contributed more than 20 umbrellas to the fray, becoming foster parent to countless others. They come and they go, where to, I know not.
But finally, a clever person has come up with a way to make sure that we not only can find out brollies when they go missing, but also that we never leave them behind in the first place.
The new “smart brolly” (yep, it’s come to that) uses technology called proximity awareness, and has a chip in the end that alerts you via your phone when you get more than 10 metres away from your umbrella.
There is a catch, of course. The Davek umbrella, which has just become available after a successful crowdfunding campaign, costs around $125. But the designers say they have addressed that other much-hated thing about most umbrellas – the way they break so easily. This high-tech, long-life brolly is made from zinc alloy and is super flexible to stop it from turning inside out.
Find out more here.