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The 20 Coolest Umbrellas You’ll Ever See [Copy link] 中文

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The invention of the umbrella can be traced back thousands of years, but never to one absolute source.  It's use has been depicted in historical texts, images and carvings dating back millennia-- to ancient Rome, Egypt, China and the Middle East.  Today, we may take this handy tool for granted.  On the rainiest of days, what would you do if this tool was never created?  To celebrate the value of the umbrella in modern life, here is TheCoolist's list of 20 amazing, creative and futuristic umbrellas that have taken this classic invention into wild new frontiers.

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The "Umbuster" Brass Knuckles Umbrella

Are YOU talking to ME?  The Umbuster umbrella by Birkiland is one part rain gear and one part deadly weapon.  Umbuster's handle is a classic set of brass knuckles, or a "knuckle duster" as they call them across the pond.  Weave your fingers through these knuckles, you'll be protected from both the rain and the dodgy blokes stupid enough to step to you.  "But being as this is an Umbuster, the most powerful umbrella in the world, and would knock your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"
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The LightDrops Rain-Powered Electric Umbrella
The LightDrops umbrella does precisely what it's name implies-- it turns drops of rain into light.  How, you ask?  LightDrops employs a conductive membrane called PDVF that converts the kinetic energy of the falling water into electricity in trace amounts.  Conceptually, this electricity will be enough to power LEDs within the inside of this umbrella's canopy.  So while you're walking through the rain, you're generating renewable energy that yields a stunning, stylish appearance.
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The Multi-Unit Superbrella
Even the largest traditional umbrellas can't keep you dry in rains mixed with heavy winds.  In cities like Chicago, the rain comes at you sideways-- and the designer of the Superbrella has an idea that'll keep you dry in the toughest of rainy climates.  The Superbrella is made of five clear umbrellas-- one on top and four in each cardinal direction.  In the four corner triangles that were not covered by the umbrellas, the designer has inserted a patch with a rain-proof hole that allows for aeration.  Grab yourself a Superbrella and a pair of tall rain boots-- you'll stay dry in the toughest of rains.  Special Note-- if you're not a cute, trendy girl as shown above, exect to look like kind of a toolbox with this thing.
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The Hydro-Chromatic Umbrella
In your closet, this umbrella won't look any different from your standard unit.  Once this baby is put to use in at least a mild rain, its canopy will transform and take on new colors in a vibrant fashion.  The Hydro-Chromatic Umbrella changes colors when wet, going from classic black to multi-colored and patterned.  As it dries, the colors will fade to black-- awaiting its next task when the clouds bring rain again.
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The Bluetooth Mobile Messenger Umbrella
We've all been there-- you're walking in the rain and wind, struggling to control your umbrella and then your phone rings.  Can you spare a free hand?  With the Bluetooth Umbrella, you can.  The handle of the Bluetooth Umbrella features a touchscreen display with a caller ID, a speaker and mic to communicate with your caller and a radio receiver.  While Bluetooth mobile accessories have become a fashion faux pas, this one is functional enough to justify a few of your hard-earned dollars.  Or you could just wait until you arrive at your destination and then take the call...
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The Senz Smart Umbrella
The Senz smart umbrella doesn't include any high technology, it doesn't tweet the level of incoming rain (whoa, good idea, actually!)-- it just works better than your average umbrella.  The Senz smart umbrella doesn't blow out in high winds like your traditional umbrella.  Like a windsock, this umbrella moves its tail in the direction of the wind, adjusting to maintain its structure and keep you dry.  No frills-- just simple and smart.
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