"Invisible Umbrella" Uses Air to Create Anti-Rain Barrier

By Gary Cutlack on at

Chinese aeronautics design students were roped in to help create the Air Umbrella, a device that uses a fan to blow up a little air roof.

According to the Kickstarter campaign, the Air Umbrella will manage to last 30 minutes on a charge, which ought to do for most seasonal showers. It's already past its modest $10k (£6,200) funding target, so ought to become a real thing -- although the rather awful nature of the MS Paint schematics don't give us much hope that it'll actually work. [Kickstarter]