Umbrella Gets Its First Re-Design In Years [Pic]

Submitted by: drawman61 3 years ago Science


In Japan, wet umbrellas are a problem taken a little more seriously than in the rest of the world. Many of the country"s stores offer disposable bags for you to pack your dripping umbrella into, and now some of its creative types have taken on the task of improving the basic design as well. Hiroshi Kajimoto"s H Concept studio has come up with the Unbrella, whose design inverts the standard opening mechanism of the umbrella. The metallic frame is now on the outside when the canopy is open, allowing it to enclose the wet part of your brolly when closed.

The Unbrella"s design is helpful in gathering all the moisture into one spot, making it easier to commute on those packed Tokyo trains without becoming a nuisance to the people around you. It does pose challenges of its own, however, mostly to do with how much time a collapsed wet umbrella would take to dry out. Still, it"s a rather ingenious take on an object that"s undergone little change in centuries of history. Because of its upside-down orientation, the Unbrella can actually stand upright, plus its reverse opening makes it easier to extend in windy conditions. Pre-orders are being taken now at a price of roughly $95 with availability slated for mid-February.



Could this un-brella catch on?
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Male 12,365
[quote]I`d be more interested in one that can handle 30-40mph winds. Mine inverts in a mild breeze.[/quote]

I bought a cheap "windproof" umbrella. £10, 3 or 4 times the price of a cheap conventional umbrella, but still cheap. It lasted several years and handled any wind I was out in, some of them gusting strong enough to push me off balance. Some of the more expensive ones are guaranteed not to invert in winds up to 60mph.

They key thing is venting in the canopy - it allows air to move through the canopy (which greatly reduces the force on the canopy) while still being waterproof.

I had a quick look for USA brands for you. Gustbuster rates their standard model to 55 mph and it sells for ~US$35.
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Male 2,675
Um, am I the only one that shakes the umbrella off just before coming in the door?

I`d be more interested in one that can handle 30-40mph winds. Mine inverts in a mild breeze.
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Female 1,467
I just scotch guard a hoodie. I use a umbrella so infrequently that when I go to use it again it`s broken in some way. Woo living in SoCal.
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Male 1,983
Um..... that`s what umbrella stands are for.
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Male 1,083
@abby0315
The extra few inches isn`t going to change lightning susceptibility. If it actually is a few inches taller.
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Male 7,775
all the water that has now collected in a pool at the bottom doesnt come pouring out and really piss off the people around you.

I believe the point is, when closed, the inner dry part is on the outside so that if you do brush up against anyone, you are not soaking them as you would with a normal umbrella.
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Female 1,318
I would think with the metal frame being on the outside, it would be even more susceptible to being hit by lightning.
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Male 14,332
Umbrellas LOL!! AAHHH THE WATER IT BURNS IT BURNS!!
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Male 12,365
[quote]thats a great idea... until you go to close up your umbrella and are stuck holding it up indefinitely so all the water that has now collected in a pool at the bottom doesnt come pouring out and really piss off the people around you[/quote]

As well as that, sooner or later it would spring a leak. So instead of some splattered drops you`d have maybe as much as a mugful of water sploshing out in one go.
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Male 12,365
[quote]the most common problem with umbrellas is them blowing inside out....this looks like it would perform very badly at this!![/quote]

It does, but that could be addressed. It`s possible to make an umbrella with some degree of venting in the canopy without stopping it from blocking rain. The wind can then blow through the umbrella, which makes it much less likely to blow inside out. They`re not windproof (as they`re usually claimed to be when selling them), but they are wind resistant. They`re more expensive to buy, but cheaper in the long run because they last longer.
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Male 833
thats a great idea... until you go to close up your umbrella and are stuck holding it up indefinitely so all the water that has now collected in a pool at the bottom doesnt come pouring out and really piss off the people around you
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Female 3,696
Neat concept, would the metal wiring rust though, exposed to the rain like that all the time? That`s what happened to my last one.
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Female 7,842
the most common problem with umbrellas is them blowing inside out....this looks like it would perform very badly at this!!
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Male 3,424
i think the british are too proper to carry around an umbrella that looks like its been flipped inside out.
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Male 7,775
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