Vodafone umbrella keeps you dry, boosts signal and charges your mobile. Simples

Vodafone umbrella keeps you dry, boosts signal and charges your mobile. SimplesWe must admit, when we saw the following story, we thought it was someone taking the mickey. But no, it's real. You can now use an umbrella that charges your brolly and boosts your signal. Word.

Courtesy of Vodafone, it's called the Booster Brolly, it's been developed by a rather clever boffin from UCL who goes by the name of Dr Kenneth Tong.

Here's how it works: there are 12 hand-stitched silicon solar cells on top which charge a battery that is stored in the handle. You plug your phone into the USB port on said handle and it'll charge your mobile in around three hours whilst two high gain antennae stuffed up top keep you fully connected and give your signal a bit of welcome boost.

First things first though, it's not on sale - yet. It's going to be unveiled later this month at the Isle of Wight festival where we can see it going down like hotcakes. In fact, if you're going to Glastonbury, this could be a godsend as it will also stop you getting wet.

The downside is, if you use this, you're going to look you work for Vodafone and you'll have paid for the privilege. We're also slightly dubious about its reliability.

Yep, it sounds good in practice but there is always the scope for the inside of the umbrella to get water in it as can so easily happen. Will that handle be waterproof? Will that battery be able to cope with moisture? We're sure they're things Vodafone and University College London have thought of but we can't help worrying, as we do.

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proofreader1  Jun. 14, 2012 at 22:54

You can now use an umbrella that charges your brolly and boosts your signal. Word.

sack the proof reader...

think you mean charges your phone not brolly. word

Pondlife  Jun. 14, 2012 at 22:56

A solar powered umbrella phone charger. Yep no obvious flaw in that thinking.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 14, 2012 at 23:35

I love the fact that VF think that photo in any way represents what a music festival looks like haha :D. Where's all the mud gone, Vodafone?

Treab  Jun. 14, 2012 at 23:49

Its the start of a concert jeez matt.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 14, 2012 at 23:55

Its the start of a concern jeez matt.
I don't understand (as usual)...

Treab  Jun. 15, 2012 at 00:07

Im not sure why my internet browser decided to spell check it ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 15, 2012 at 00:34

Im not sure why my internet browser decided to spell check it ;)
Not enough alcohol, you need several crates each at the least. As for your browser, use Chrome, if it was Chrome, learn to spell ;).

Pondlife  Jun. 15, 2012 at 00:53

Half the sunny days I remember this year the brolly would be blown away if you left it like that one, possibly taking phone with it. More sense on a parasol than a brolly, how about a wind power generator on top of brolly, that might even work when you just walk fast ;)

Treab  Jun. 15, 2012 at 01:19

I present the akusation i canna spell. how spare yous.

Nimpwit.

rash  Jun. 15, 2012 at 09:43

The downside is, if you use this, you're going to look you work for Vodafone

Sack the proof reader. It should read:

The downside is, if you use this, you're going to look like you work for Vodafone

Treab  Jun. 15, 2012 at 10:52

The downside is, if you use this, you're going to look you work for Vodafone

Sack the proof reader. It should read:

The downside is, if you use this, you're going to look like you work for Vodafone


Mobot has a proof reader oO

https://encrypted-tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS_xco3nOuH4dUWA32BHNpaJR69uq6TPrtd2Ibv_pokt5VuZ4u2

phillavelle  Jun. 15, 2012 at 20:28

You guys clearly have nooooo idea

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