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This Umbrella Boosts Your Signal AND Charges Your Phone

Steven Blum

Today in wacky inventions you never knew you needed, scientists at Vodafone (I guess they have those there) have created an umbrella that charges your Android and more. Called "Umbrella 2.0," this sweet device won't help you fly, but it'll do basically everything else. With 12 solar panels, the umbrella can store charge for your Android and also enhances your signal reception.

Is it a good idea to be standing under something that enhances radio signals? Who cares! It's a wacky prototype. The umbrella weighs just 800 grams and is recommended for music festivals, where you can lay it out and let it absorb the sun all day before plugging the handle into your smartphone.

What do you think about this prototype? Briliant or useless? Let us know below!


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  • Lawrence Anderson Jul 22, 2012 Link

    How do I get one of those umbrellas?

  • brianhtun Jun 15, 2012 Link

    This is good idea for clean solar energy.

  • George White Jun 14, 2012 Link

    to each his/her own!

  • DaBartonator
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    Jun 14, 2012 Link

    I only use umbrellas when it is raining...if its raining there is no sun...therefor no use of the solar panels

  • Kirk Edison Jun 14, 2012 Link

    so, the idea is to lug around a huge clumsy umbrella on sunny days, like a bunch of eerie Michael Jackson clones, just to boost our cellphones? Awesome idea. Sounds like the folks at Vodafone have watched one too many episodes of "Get Smart".

  • Marina Ciarlo' Jun 14, 2012 Link

    Brilliant for super sunny Malta. You should carry out testing here & comparative study in England!!

  • Yan Matusevich Jun 14, 2012 Link

    Great for rainy England.

  • Tom Harder Jun 14, 2012 Link

    BRILLIANT!!!!! As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors this would both help protect from the sun and charge the phone. Would be a great umbrella for the golf course. Great idea. Not so great for use in thunderstorms though.