An Air Umbrella has been invented to keep rain away. Instead of the traditional fabric model, the Air Umbrella uses a cushion of air to propel rain away from the user. Supported by more than 300 supporters, the product has tripled its pledged goal of raising $10,000 on the popular start-up website, kickstarter.com. Although it is still in the research and development phase, says backer Gianfrancesco Genoso, Air Umbrella is scheduled to be released in December 2015.
Depending on the weather conditions, the Air Umbrella can be used to shield one or two persons at the same time. It can also be adjusted to protect more than two individuals if the amount of precipitation is relatively light. The product is designed with a handle that looks the same as a typical fabric umbrella. But within the handle, is a lithium battery that sends power to a fan at the top of the handle. When the Air Umbrella is switched on, air flows through an intake vent and the fan creates a buffer that protects the user from the rain.
Brainchild of Chinese inventor, Chuan Wang, this potentially handy gadget has three different designs. Besides a lithium battery and a fan, all three models appear to have a motor, a controller and a master switch. There is even a model with an extensible handle for greater coverage. Designers of the Air Umbrella will continue to improve the product until its planned release date.