funbrella simulates rainshowers
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jan 04, 2010

funbrella simulates rainshowers

funbrella simulates a shower storm



if you love being outside in the rain with an umbrella but don’t like actually getting wet, the funbrella has a solution. developed at osaka university, the funbrella is a digitally enhanced umbrella that simulates virtual rain, to give the feeling of rain without the actual thing. the umbrella can record different types of rain through a mechanism that measures vibration of the umbrella’s awning. this vibration can then be stored by the umbrella and recreated to give the illusion of rain. the system can also link two funbrellas together allowing a user in a soggy climate to send the feeling of their rain to a user in a dry climate.




  • Wow. This is really stupid!

    Elver Gun says:
  • haha only in japan!
    but ehm..wouldn’t hooking up your ipod to it be more fun?

    b says:
  • why?

    Kent Gration says:
  • it´s unbelievably…:-D realy very stupid…

    Luke says:
  • waht i can hear is the background music only -___-“…

    danade says:
  • I think the word “chindogu” fits pretty well here…lol

    Aria says:
  • Japanese, are always the BEST !….very funny!….come on boy! …not only rational stuff….no?

    marco says:
  • Realy funny!

    DK says:
  • why? …. ok… ahn…… let’s talk about tires…

    alex says:
  • por queeeee?!?!?!?
    japanese people do the best!
    i really though it was inutil and useless….. really stupid.
    come on!

    daaaan says:
  • whose idea was this…

    Lucy says:
  • See? This is what you get when asians run out of things to steal and copy. We were all better off in the good ol’ days when they would steal, copy and make it better. Sadly, nobody invents anymore so there is nothing to steal. Expect a lot more “funbrellas” in the future.

    charles says:
  • Joke

    Daniel says:
  • hehe come one give it a break it is stupid but at least he gave it a try looks like they are enjoyin the vibe

    hala says:
  • Wow! “Charles” is an anonymous online racist! That means he’s stupid.

    joshuahoshua says:
  • It would be a great dollar store buy i.e. landfill fodder

    !an says:
  • this is useless..please try something useful, your waste your time.

    peekaboo says:
  • is it possible that one day theres no rain to fall?

    kk says:
  • Really stupid, this Japanese.

    Rodrigo says:
  • I thought it was a crazy idea until I saw the end of the Youtube clip, it’ll make a great toy for those kids who are sick and are unable to go outside but want to experience the rain…

    Jason says:
  • I thought it was a great exercise of “virtual experience”….
    very subtle sharing the experience of rain… jokes aside, it was beautiful.
    that is quite the creative attitude that we need to come up with other more serious ideas…. they imagine something new and that is great.
    nobody would have come up with that in the west for fear of being ridiculed…. says:

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