The Air Umbrella uses science to keep you dry

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When it rains, you’ll see a colorful bouquet of umbrellas starting to make an appearance. None of us want to be stuck in wet clothes for the better part of a day or have to wear and carry around a gigantic rain coat. Of course, when you get inside, you’ll still have an umbrella that is covered in water and have to find a place to let it dry off.

If you wish you didn’t have to walk around with an umbrella that can be turned inside out by a strong wind, then why not use the power of science to keep droplets of rain off of you? The Air Umbrella may look like a plastic club with which you can defeat your enemies, but it’s actually an umbrella that uses air flow to keep the rain from reaching you. There are three different versions available named a, b, and c, but the last two are the only ones that seem worth getting. While version a will keep rain off of you, it only has a battery life of twelve minutes, so you had best hope that you make it from point A to B in a very short amount of time.

Versions b and c have a 30 minute battery life, and the latter is the same, but with an extendable handle. The air flow is said to be a quiet hum, which likely won’t be noticed during a storm. Getting the b or c version will cost you $138, while the a version will cost $128. It’s a neat idea, but for those of us who have a 40 minute walk in the mornings, this does little to protect you, and a regular ole umbrella will get the job done just fine. In the future, there will likely be a version of this that can last for several hours, so it may pay off more to wait.

Available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter

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