If you’re fed up with those unreliable drugstore umbrellas that are always breaking in the wind or getting lost when you need them most, this freshly-launched Kickstarter project might be just what you need. Oombrella, as it’s called, is a connected umbrella that features a broad suite of environmental sensors that can send updates/notifications to your smartphone. The device allows users to receive real-time weather notifications, and even retrieve a lost umbrella through Oombrella’s community of users.
According to the product’s Kickstarter page, Oombrella features a set of Kevlar ribs so that the umbrella can withstand high winds and heavy rain without damage. Down below, the handle is made of injected plastic to ensure that the sensor capsule is completely waterproof. Oombrella’s magic is all packed away inside this capsule, which includes sensors to measure temperature, pressure, humidity, and light. The capsule then uses Bluetooth to transmit this data to the Oombrella mobile app — so users can receive weather notifications before the rain even starts. The capsule also features a buzzer and LED light so you can get notifications while your phone is in your pocket.
Source – digital