We Really Want... an invisible umbrella

All the best gadgets are the ones that are thoroughly pointless. You don't need a tablet. You could easily live without remote controls. So with that, let us get excited about the fancy, but ultimately pointless invisible umbrella.

Even though trad. arr. umbrellas work pretty fine on their own, there's a Kickstarter project that has developed an umbrella that replaces waterproof fabric for a force field. You heard. A force field.

And it has already raised and surpassed its $10,000 goal by three times.

If you can't be bothered watching the video, basically, the umbrella is a rod that comes in three models, which basically are different from each other due to battery life and length.

"It’s a real 'invisible umbrella,' which takes advantage of the air flow as shelter from the rain,” the campaign page says.

It's basically a plastic rod with a motor inside that sucks air in one end and blows it out at the other, creating an air blade that redirects the rain away from you, and onto anyone walking by.

Now for some sentences with double entendres: Model A is designed for women and will be 12 inches long and last for 15 minutes. Model B will be 20 inches long and will blow stuff out of the end for half an hour. Model c is extendible to 32 inches and will give you 30 minutes of satisfaction while you grip the shaft.

Thing is, this is quite heavy and probably quite noisy, so why have all these people coughed up their money to fund it? Have they spotted another use for it? Maybe you can make a bong out of it or something sex related?

Or is it just a case of people being tired of drying umbrellas indoors or they've had enough of them blowing inside out on wet, windy days? Or is the funding propelled by tall people who are tired of getting an umbrella in the eye?

One thing's for certain - they have some design work to do as currently, it looks really very ugly.

air umbrella

If you want to find out more about it, visit the Kickstarter here.


  • jim
    sounds like one of those Kick starter rips offs. You know - they get a load of money off people then dissapear. How the fuck is that gonna stop windy rain..
  • Alex
    Umbrella? Looks like a giant vibrator...
  • ImRight
    Will it make my girlfriend wet or stop her getting wet or both?
  • jim
    lol just watched the video - this is such a bull crap scam
  • Martin
    The video is hilarious
  • Noghar
    A ludicrously over engineered solution to a problem that's already been solved. Standard brollies do not run out of waterproofness after 15 minutes, nor do they blow water onto passers-by, and they are far lighter than one of these - less than a kilo might not seem very heavy, but have you tried holding a cylinder full of batteries in an upright position for more than ten minutes? It'd be torture. This is the stupidest piece of crap since that 'bicycle umbrella' that acted like a parachute when you tried to ride the bike...
  • Umbrella
    I never get any comments posted anymore....
  • Ray P.
    what a lot of fucking shite

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