Being stuck in the rain need not be dull, say Japanese researchers who have invented an umbrella capable of capturing and displaying photos and video.
The high-tech umbrella, developed at the Okude laboratory in Tokyo’s Keio University, boasts an integrated digital camera, built-in Wi-Fi and an attached projector.
Still images and video snapped by the contraption are automatically uploaded to Flickr and YouTube respectively, and previously uploaded images are projected above-head on the inside of the umbrella.
Presumably, the user must be within range of a wireless internet hotspot, as the umbrella must connect to the internet in order to access the photo- and video-sharing websites.
According to a site setup to promote the project, dubbed “Pileus”, twisting the umbrella’s grip scrolls through the user’s Flickr photo sets and YouTube videos.
Related Links: Pileus Flickr group
, Pileus @ YouTube