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An umbrella that uses the inner surface as a screen upon which is projected a scene of a sunny, bright sky, or indeed any other pleasant scene - to brighten your day.
Sorry guys, I trawled through a bunch of umbrella ideas (gee, there's a lot, too) and couldn't find anything like this anywhere. So here goes.
For this you'd need to make the inner lining of the umbrella out of something similar to projection screens - to adequately hold the image. Then, somewhere
down near the handle there would be mounted a projector, processor, battery, etc.
The projector would be set up to project onto the curved surface (with intensity tapering off towards the edges for even lighting, etc), and I suspect the umbrella frame would have to be rather unobtrusive, or even external. Perhaps the inner lining would be somewhat elastic to allow for a smooth curved surface.
The baseline model would simply project a static scene of an idyllic blue sky, with perhaps a few intriguing clouds dotted about. Perhaps an integrated speaker could project some appropriate ambient sounds, like birdsong, or water running down a stream.
More advanced models could project moving scenes, orient the scene dependant on the movement of the umbrella using tilt switches/gyroscopes, etc. Obviously you could have a library of scenes including a rainforest canopy, beautiful sunsets, clear starry nights (including a big bright romantic moon), or even something prosaic, like say the Sistine Chapel.
Next time you're stuck out in the rain, walking to the train station, with a dreary grey cityscape all around, you could turn on your SunBrella and be surrounded by a bright, sunny sky, birds chirping away over the murmur of a trickling brook. mmmm. Just the ticket.
Credit to the idea that made me post this.
Similar, but, well, different. [Custardguts, Jan 03 2008]
picture umbrellas are plentiful
[dentworth, Jan 03 2008]
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||I'm sorry to be a downer on such a lovely day, but there is just too much to carry here. I'll get a pretty print umbrella.
||Each to their own, but the idea here was that mine would be bright, give moving scenes, have sounds, etc. I can't see the projector unit weighing more than a kilo at most.
||yours is different; I just pictured a "laser light show"... mind you mine only weighs a few ounces and IT HAS FRICKEN LASERS :D
||//HAS LASERS// gr. "HAS FRICKEN LASERS"
||Just don't look into the bright red dot.
||Place a bunch of them together in a dome, network the displays, and you have a portable planetarium.