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!".
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.