A Kickstarter-funded “Air Umbrella” might one day replace the traditional umbrella, pushing air through its cylindrical head to create a dome that redirects falling drops away from its users.
The campaign has far surpassed its $10,000 goal, receiving 153 donations totaling more than $18,000. The air brolly creators are based in Nanjing, China and have designs for three models — one with a handle 30 centimeters in length, one 50 centimeters, and one scalable from 50 to 80 centimeters. The lithium battery life is reported to last for up to 30 minutes. Price per unit are estimated to range from $88 to $108 each.
A video introducing the product notes that the product is designed to shield one to two people from rain, but more people can fit under the umbrella when the rain isn’t as heavy.