the hands-free umbrella drone uses smart AI to protect you from the elements

the hands-free umbrella drone uses smart AI to protect you from the elements

a japanese company is utilising the power of drones in an unusual way, prototyping an autonomous hands-free umbrella dubbed the ‘free parasol’. the drone uses artificial intelligence and a camera to follow its users head, protecting it from the elements.


video courtesy of the japan times



the free parasol comprises a 59-inch wide umbrella attached to a drone and is being developed to protect from rain and sunshine. demo videos have been on the internet for a while but none actually show the drone being tested beyond its flight and how powerful the rain it will be able to withstand is not yet known.


video courtesy of hiti0253



it is expected to be on the market by 2019 so you’ll have to wait a little longer to be the envy of daily commuters. due to flight regulation laws, asahi power service, the company behind the drone, will market it in private areas such as upscale golf courses. in its current state the prototype weighs 11 pounds and has a flight time of only twenty minutes. however, developers expect the final product at a scaled down two pounds with a flight time of one hour. once its shed the weight and can last for slightly longer journeys its stated that the device will cost $275.

  • Team behind this idea, please make an energy-autonomous innovation


have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
507,314 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine