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Smart Brolly

Umbrella Internet
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Knowing whether to take your umbrella out with you is one of the first world problems that needs an elaborate and unnecessary novelty solution : and here it is :

1. The Umbrella is a thing connection to the internet-of-things (say 3G?) - it also has GPS.

2. It peridiocally (configurable) checks the internet for the local (location-based from it's GPS data) weather.

3. Using an e-ink display on its handle : it should the show the estimated chance of rain. If the chance is high (configurable) it should also glow red or something.

Then when you leave it in the hallway - you'll have an idea of whether you should bother taking it with that day.

Or: buy a smaller 'dumb' umbrella which isn't that burdensome to carry around. Or check the weather on your smart phone first.

monojohnny, Jan 16 2014

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       You've defeated your idea with the last paragraph...I was starting to like it.
xandram, Jan 16 2014
  

       You could have a projector unit included, so it projects an image onto the interior surface of the brolly. Need a silvery-white interior surface for best effect, of course.
Vernon, Jan 16 2014
  
      
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