Rain isn't much of a problem here in Arizona, but when it rains it pours. Just take a look at the incredible deluge that happened this summer.
When it does rain, I need an umbrella just like everyone else. That's why this cool new idea is so fascinating!
Air Umbrella is a Kickstarter idea from China that keeps you dry without a traditional umbrella cover. No more accidentally poking someone in the eye, and no more worrying about the darn thing turning inside-out with a stiff gust of wind.
This cool new gadget may look like a child's toy microphone, but the concept is anything but childish. This cool new invention keeps you dry with a cone of air.
Air Umbrella sends a blast of air in a 360 degree circle above your head to keep all but the strongest downpours at bay. There are three different models available that all come with the same air control knob and master on/off switch.
The Air Umbrella-A is a small-size handle about a foot tall and marketed toward women, for some reason. The Air Umbrella-B is the standard model with a 20-inch handle. The Air Umbrella-C boasts an extendable handle ranging from about 20 inches to 30 inches when extended.
Unfortunately, the battery life leaves something to be desired. Like a longer battery life. The Umbrella-B, the standard version, is only functional for 30 minutes on a full charge. The Model A is only functional for 15 minutes, which seems all but useless unless you're darting for your car once or twice.
You can see the designs of the Air Umbrella and exactly how it works in this Kickstarter video. As of writing this article, the Kickstarter had raised more than $19,000, and only $10,000 was requested.
You can see the Kickstarter campaign for Air Umbrella here.