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"Rainy Night in Georgia" Umbrella

A really useful lighted umbrella
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As not seen in Blade Runner: an umbrella with an aluminized Mylar inner surface and 8 flashlight bulbs with wide-focus reflectors attached to the braces (pointing upwards). Light from the flashlights reflects from the umbrella's innards, illuminating a wide circle around the walker's feet. The batteries in the umbrella's handle power the lights and also help balance the device for comfortable carrying. Optional blinking red LEDs around the rim of the umbrella can be used to make the walker more visible to motorists, assuming the local motorists are inclined to avoid committing vehicular homicide rather than seek out opportunites for it. Electric alarm siren (150 dB) is also available.

deacon, this is your idea. Presentation is half the game. IMHO, a movie or book concept can be made to work if you use it as a starting point and turn it into something specific and more or less original.

Dog Ed, May 27 2001

Patio umbrella lights http://www.seasonal.../umbrellalights.htm
Got 'em for big umbrellas, couldn't find battery-operated for handheld brollys though. [Dog Ed, May 27 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(??) Umbrelight for Safety http://www.margaret...m/SC_umbrellas.html
"Quality nylon umbrella with light-up acrylic shaft & tip" Says they're on closeout, though... [StarChaser, May 27 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(??) Flashlight in handle. http://www.peerless....com/html/2357f.asp
Much in the way of extraneous Java*.crap, though. "This umbrella has a flashlight built right into the handle. Patented swivel action makes it easy to turn the light on and off, and direct the light where you need it most." [StarChaser, May 27 2001, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) Wishing Fish illuminated umbrella http://www.wishingf...om/umbrellagrn.html
Available in Red Stripe, Green Wave, Blue Ripple, Black Droplet and Blue-Brown Geo. [waugsqueke, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

(?) Concept: rain drops show up as light. http://socialrobots...lighting-drops.html
Ooooh. [jutta, Mar 19 2006]

http://www.thegreen...inated-umbrella.php [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 03 2013]


       Of course, you don't really want the area around your feet lit, you want the area in front of you lit...
egnor, May 27 2001

       ...unless the rain's driving straight into your face, from the direction you're going. (In my experience, it usually is.)
angel, May 27 2001

       The 'umbrella with light in handle' is baked... not being able to find somewhere with a picture, though...I did find one that has the acrylic shaft and tip of the umbrella light up, too. No pic, again...Aha! Got the flashlight one, anyway...
StarChaser, May 27 2001

       I do like the catchy title. And the blinking LEDs, to make the user more visible, really make the idea for me. Damn, I wish I'd thought of it, instead of just proposing it as a sarcastic abject lesson for StarChaser.
deacon, May 29 2001

       hey, StarChaser... that link mentions the bearer of said umbrella being made more visible, but the picture they show is of a BLACK umbrella? Gah.
absterge, May 30 2001

       I just link 'em as I see em...A good point, tho...
StarChaser, Jun 01 2001


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