The oldsters from Ambient Devices came via the office the day prior to this to give me an examination of the company’s upcoming products and also allow me to recognize that their new weather-forecasting umbrella is now on sale. The Ambient weather-forecasting Umbrella, which automatically gets weather information from Accuweather.Com via Ambient’s Infocast Network, has made some appearances on blogs, but it’s now a reliable product with an official price tag of $125–even though it’s promoting for $139 at Hammacher Schlemmer. I noticed the issue in action, and even as it isn’t exactly first-rate high-tech, the take care of the umbrella has a little ring of blue LED lighting that begins flashing when rain is forecast.
According to the press release, “The Ambient Umbrella’s manage illuminates whilst precipitation is expected, to remind the user to hold the umbrella. The Ambient Umbrella is designed to stand by means of upright via the door, close to a coat rack or in an umbrella stand–so it will likely be visible each time the user is going outdoors. They cope with’s illumination behavior adjustments in keeping with the forecast; for example, the handle suggests soft, intermittent pulses for mild rain, and really rapid, extreme styles for thunderstorms.
“The Umbrella has a high-quality, ‘gust-buster’ dual-canopy design and requires very simple activation through the Ambient Devices customer service cellphone line. The Ambient Umbrella will provide a year or extra battery life with one ‘C’ cellular battery.”
Needless to say, rain or not, this is one umbrella you might not want to take out on the town for a night of heavy drinking, which studies display correlates to a close to 100 percent danger of losing your umbrella. While $125 (or $139, as the case can also be) may additionally appear to be plenty for an item that I’m used to shopping for on a New York City street nook for $3, I can see how an affluent, weather-challenged individual might think it well really worth the dough.
A piece of fixtures that speaks to us — that’s the definition of Rose’s vision for the future with enchanted objects. The Ambient umbrella communicates with its proprietor through a chain of patterned blue lighting fixtures that indicate if the forecast requires rain.
Armed together with your ZIP code, a wireless receiver at the take care of the umbrella connects to AccuWeather and then glows and pulses a gentle blue mild if the climate looks frightful. This battery-powered umbrella is on the market — however, it’s plenty more than the cheap $three version on each street corner. This one will run you $125.