Witchcraft Of The Day: Invisible Umbrella Uses 'Force Field Of Air' To Protect You From The Rain

We've all been there. It's raining hard, you unfold your umbrella to stop yourself from being drenched, then as you do a gust of wind comes along and blows it inside out, making a mockery of the metal ribs and your attempt to stay dry.

Cue you left seething and soaking and your umbrella destroyed.

Well, a new umbrella design—which was seeking funds on Kickstarter, but has smashed its $10K target eight times over—could solve that incredibly annoying (first world) problem. Instead of using a canopy of flimsy fabric to keep you "dry", the Air Umbrella uses air flow to create a force field to shoo the rain away from you.

The umbrella consists of a handle with a motor and a fan which are powered by a lithium battery. The fan whizzes around really fast, pulling in air from the bottom and and pushing it back out the top to create an arc of dryness above you, a halo of "f*ck yeah!".

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A high tech invisible umbrella you say? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY...! But before we all rush along to throw our hard-earned wages at it, there are a couple of drawbacks.

The battery life is only 15 to 30 mins long on a 30 to 60 minute charge. It's also quite cumbersome to carry plus, while it may keep you dry, it pushes the water outwards and onto anyone passing within a 70cm radius.

Which could make for some angry passersby, but at least you can use the handle to fight them off with.

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