Solar-powered robotic umbrella tracks the sun to provide shade

August 23, 2017 by  
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What if you could sit outside in the shade all day without ever having to move your umbrella ? That’s the vision ShadeCraft brings to life with Sunflower – what they say is the world’s first autonomous robotic shade that tracks the sun . The umbrella is solar-powered – and can even charge other devices. Photovoltaic panels keep the Sunflower umbrella moving to shade users. But the umbrella also serves as a portable source of solar power, storing excess energy in batteries able to last for over 72 hours. A USB connection allows users to charge mobile devices while sitting in the shade. The 122 by 84 by 84 inch umbrella can rotate 360 degrees with the help of three electric motors, and can tilt 45 degrees. Related: Finally, an umbrella you’ll never lose Wait, there’s more. The Sunflower is equipped with sensors that track air quality , weather, and wind. If wind speeds get too high, the Sunflower will actually close to escape damage. It also comes with cameras that can be utilized as part of a home security system – they’re able to record a 360 panoramic view for either safety or simply capture a picturesque moment. ShadeCraft’s SmartShade app allows users to access the data, even from a distance. Using the app, they can check out air quality or view the area remotely. The umbrella is also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, so users can connect to their other smart home technology or control the Sunflower from afar. And a microphone and speaker system allow for voice command and artificial intelligence integration – or lets users jam to their favorite music while sitting outside under the shade. So how much does the Sunflower cost? Around $2,700, according to Bloomberg , which quoted inventor Armen Gharabegian as saying the company could start shipping the product as soon as early 2018. + ShadeCraft Via Curbed Images via ShadeCraft

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Finally, an umbrella you’ll never lose

September 8, 2015 by  
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If you are someone who is endlessly searching for your misplaced umbrella when bad weather strikes, have no fear: the Blunt Umbrella is here. The smart umbrella is equipped with the Bluetooth-enabled Tile app . The technology uses your smartphone to locate the lost umbrella , which starts “singing” until it is found again – giving a whole new meaning to “Singing in the Rain.” Read the rest of Finally, an umbrella you’ll never lose

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Tiny Collingwood Shepherd Hut on wheels is inspired by 19th century mobile homes

September 8, 2015 by  
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This Solar-Powered Umbrella Charges Your Gear While You Play Outside

December 2, 2014 by  
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Protect yourself from the sun while reading on the beach or working on your patio, and know that your electronic devices won’t lose power mid-afternoon! Created by a team comprised of designers from the UK and Bulgaria, Solarella , a solar-powered umbrella (hence the name) is equipped with solar modules and a rechargeable battery that can be used to charge everything from phones and mp3 players to tablets, laptops, and cameras while you relax outside. Instead of having to relegate yourself to areas that have dedicated electrical plugs, you can take Solarella with you, anywhere you’d like to be. You can even stream music through its Bluetooth speaker! No wires required. The Solar Umbrella campaign is now live on Indiegogo ,  so be sure to get yours before they sell out. + Solarella on Indiegogo Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electronic charger , electronics , laptop , outdoor charger , outside , phone , phone charger , solar charger , solar electronic charger , Solar Power , Solar Umbrella , solar-powered umbrella , Solarella , tablet , tablet charger , umbrella , umbrella charger , working outside

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Celebrate Giving Tuesday TODAY as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

December 2, 2014 by  
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By now, you’ve probably seen videos and photos of Black Friday , where people have beaten each other up and shoved little old ladies aside in order to buy, buy, buy at low, low prices. Cyber Monday is another marketing blitz in which mega-sales occur online so folks can whip out credit cards and buy at a distance, pushing rabid consumerism to an all-time high. Thankfully, Giving Tuesday has come about to counteract the ill effects of the past few days by encouraging people to give to charity instead of spending money on “stuff.” Read the rest of Celebrate Giving Tuesday TODAY as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Black Friday , Charity , cyber monday , donations , giving , Giving Tuesday , philanthropy , social responsibility , thanksgiving , worthy causes

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Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing?

October 16, 2014 by  
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In the history of pointless devices, the air umbrella has to be among one of the foremost and it could soon be a reality. According to Core77 , the invisible umbrella concept – which uses forced air to repel falling water – was created by U.K. industrial design student, Quentin DeBaene , and the concept generated plenty of interest when it was introduced last year as a submission for the James Dyson Award . The date initially proposed for building the umbrella was 2050, but with a recently-successful Kickstarter campaign that doubled its initial target goal of $10,000, a ‘research team’ in China is claiming it could put out the umbrella by as early as 2015. Read the rest of Air Umbrella Could Be a Reality by 2015 – But is That a Good Thing? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air umbrella , air umbrella concept , Core77 air umbrella , debaene , dyson , fan , gadget , high , kickstarter , Kickstarter air umbrella , rain , repel , speed , umbrella

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Kengo Kuma Designs a Temporary Pop-Up Shelter from Umbrellas

October 18, 2013 by  
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Gustafson Porter’s Central Park Project to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia

October 18, 2013 by  
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As Spain gradually emerges from recession, the many municipal projects that have been put on hold during the country’s economic crisis are now champing at the bit to get underway once again. One such project is the city of Valencia ‘s ambitious plans for a new central park, El Parque Central de Valencia . Designed by Gustafson Porter in collaboration with the Borgos Pieper , the park will transform 60 hectares of former rail yards into a lush urban green space for Valencia. Read the rest of Gustafson Porter’s Central Park Project to Transform 60 Hectares of Former Rail Yards in Valencia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Borgos Pieper , Gustafson Porter , high speed railway , Kathryn Gustafson , Spain , Urban design , Valencia’s Central Park Project        

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Rainshader Helmet-Shaped Umbrella Can Withstand 40 Mile-Per-Hour Winds

July 27, 2013 by  
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When caught in the rain, there’s nothing worse than being hit by a gust of wind only for ones umbrella to transform from a protective shade to a mangled pile of metal and plastic. But a British company named Hospitality Umbrellas has come up with an ingenious solution to protect you from the harshest of storms—and passers by from, well, your umbrella. The Rainshader is a helmet-shaped umbrella that will not only withstand 40 mile-per-hour winds, but will also save you from dripping on passers by, or worse still, poking out the eyes of your fellow pedestrians. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: helmet-shaped umbrella , hospitality umbrellas , rain protection , rainshader , umbrella , unusual umbrella , wind-proof umbrella        

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Climate resilience: Deconstructing the new buzzword

May 20, 2013 by  
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Defining resilience goes a long way to understanding what to put under the umbrella of climate resiliency. 

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