The future of the umbrella

One problem from the recent bad weather we have been having here in the UK is that you can’t guarantee what the weather will be like from one hour to the next. To be prepared, you need to have an umbrella, sunglasses and a warm jacket with you at all times, just in case.

If you have a small umbrella, they can be blown inside out in a strong gust of wind, and they can make your bag wet if not put away properly, while a large umbrella is awkward to carry.

So what can you do if you want to have an umbrella with you, but you don’t want to have to carry it around?

At Oxford Creativity we used the TRIZ Inventive Principle of Pneumatics and Hydraulics and have come up with the solution below:

A designer called Mikhail Belyaev has come up with another solution to this problem, which is a wonderful example of Inventive Principle 13 – The Other Way Round. He has come up with the Lampbrella - an umbrella that is wrapped around a streetlamp and goes up automatically when the rain falls – which would allow people to share shelter from the rain when they need it.

A lovely idea, and one that I would like to see on streets soon. How about you?

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