New ‘Air Umbrella’ keeps consumers dry by blowing away rain and snow (video)By Mason White 5:29 PM October 20, 2014
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A new umbrella promises to keep consumers dry by blowing away rain, according to video uploaded to the Internet.
It looks like a microphone, but the geeks who created the invisible umbrella say that it can protect the wearer from the rain, wind, snow and even pepper spray.
27-year-old Wang Chuan of Nanjing, China, and his friends have been working on the patented technology for about two years.
Wang said that got the idea of revolutionizing the umbrella after noticing that wind could change the direction of rain. He thought of using a device with a high-powered fan to create a shield.
Together they created a prototype, but it was too heavy and bulky. Later, he created a new prototype powered with a lithium battery.
The device comes in three sizes and it pushes the water away from its owner for up to half an hour. It takes only an hour to charge and is virtually free of vibration and noise.
The initial production plan is to produce 500 umbrellas and the price will be set at $150.