Avoiding The Drench

Imagine getting soaked by a car-splash, on your way to work or an important meeting. I’ve been through it one too many times thanks to the heavy monsoons my city experiences. The Rain Shield offers a shield-like umbrella and is crafted with a single curved steel wire and a telescopic rod. It has no pointed ends or sharp edges, and it won’t blow inside out in windy conditions. Sounds too good to be true!

But it is true, because I saw this at the red dot award: design concept ceremony in Singapore. Designer Liu Li-Hsiang demonstrated to me how this umbrella easily folds and compresses into a 180-millimetre-diameter disc that can be stored in a bag. Have a look at the video and judge for yourself.

Designers: Lin Min-Wei & Liu Li-Hsiang

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?=2X0E3QQqQWI 600 451]

37 Comments

  • Bikman says:

    FOREVER ALONE!!!

  • Steph says:

    where can i buy this? 😀

  • I Hate Umbrellas! says:

    Please advise if/when manufacturing and retail sales are gonna start for this item.

  • One for functionality says:

    if you had to walk against the rain you’d be completely blind….

  • I Hate Umbrellas! says:

    I don’t think so. Make it completely transparent, problem solved.

    Don’t judge the whole idea just from one prototype.

  • Looks great! Where I can buy this cool umbrella?

  • engin says:

    please inform how can i buy?

  • Emmo709 says:

    I like this, but it real rain protection appears to be against non-vertical rainfall (ie: driven by wind), however this may also be its downfall as the additional surface area present perpendicular to this force would destroy the product pretty quickly.

    The car splash thing, just doesn’t happen often enough to warrant the change. Well in the wet UK anyway!

    Nice design overall though.

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