John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
The “Oombrella” also shouts at you if you accidentally leave it behind.
If you want a lil’ buddy who not only predicts the rain, but whines if you leave it behind, then grab yourself an Oombrella, the so-called “unforgettable umbrella.”
The Oombrella is the weather geek’s ultimate fashion accessory, with a gnarly color scheme and a high-tech secret: a knobby thing on the handle equipped with all kinds of meteorological sensors. This device can read the temperature, humidity, and pressure, as well as tell you if it’s light out, for some reason. Behold:
The doohickey taps into your phone and will send alerts if it’s about to pour. For forgetful people working through their hundredth umbrella, it also pings you if you wander more than 130 feet away. And because no tech-enabled product these days would be complete without a sense of privacy invasion, there’s a setting that allows it to track your position, ambient-weather history, and also reveal other Oombrella owners around you.
But wait, there’s more! From the product’s successful Indiegogo campaign:
The umbrella canopy is made with our finest shiny material. The result is a strong and beautiful canopy optimized to have the smoothest noise under the rain and the coolest bright effects. Furthermore, it’s UV resistant and windproof!
With its kevlar-made ribs, Oombrella can withstand the high winds that often come with heavy rain. Or storms. Or hailstorms. Or snowstorms….
Aside from all that, there’s the undeniable fact “Oombrella” is just fun to say. Try it sometime: Oombrella. Oooom. Brellla.
Oombrella, €64 (about $71) on Indiegogo