This is a prototype of the internet umbrella named “Pileus”. The design aims to make rainy days entertaining. The current prototype is implemented with Flickr Web service and can view many photos on the screen of the umbrella, but still they intend to add other features including GPS, maps, and others web 2.0. There is also built-in camera. Photos taken by Pileus are uploaded onto Flickr within 2 minutes and tagged with keywords on RF-ID. It also has an acceleration sensor in the grip to give an simple snapping operation for web browsing.
The below clip demonstrates the operation of Pileus. Pictures are downloaded from Flickr, and photos are scrolled using the twist action. Quite interesting idea.
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