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In a bid to advance the age-old design of umbrellas, an engineer from the ‘I Build Stuff’ YouTube channel has crafted a flying umbrella that tails its user during rainy spells. The device combines an umbrella purchased in a store with 3D printed propellers and components.
This design addresses the problem of arm cramps that can occur when holding a traditional umbrella. It also offers a glimpse at the future of rain-protection. This design is different from previous attempts that had misplaced propellers. It features a central X frame made of lightweight, carbon fiber. It gives it a distinctive umbrella-drone hybrid look.
The engineer was unfazed by the initial setbacks, challenges and near collisions during testing. The recent modifications have enhanced stability, although the device’s performance in heavy rain and strong winds remains to be rigorously proven.
The engineer envisions an automated version that tracks and follows intelligently the user, eliminating manual control. This ambitious plan includes the possibility of integrating a camera to precisely monitor the user’s position, promising a seamless and hands-free experience in the future.
While the current model demands remote control, the prospect of an autonomously functioning flying umbrella opens new avenues for mobility in adverse weather conditions – providing the issue of short flight time can somehow be addressed for long rain showers!
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