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INTRODUCING UMBRELLA HERE
Umbrella Here is a light that can be attached on an umbrella. It is controlled by a mobile app that tells people that this umbrella is available for sharing. Just like the light you would see on a taxi. When the light is on, it represents that strangers are welcome to come in and share your umbrella.
Why choose Umbrella Here?
Connects You With The People You've Met
When you're being helped or you've helped someone and you guys had a great chat along the way. You can login to our website, type in the time and location you've met them, add them as your friends and continue your conversations.
Keeps Record of the Number of People You've Helped
Whenever you've helped someone with Umbrella Here. Umbrella Here tracks the number of people and keep a record of the route to your phone.
Never Lose Your Umbrella Again
Did you remember when was the last time you forget your umbrella and remembering it when it starts raining again? With Umbrella Here, whenever you left your umbrella behind, it sends a notification on your phone reminding you to bring it along with you.
The color of your Umbrella Here can be changed using our mobile app. You can change its color to green to match the color of your umbrella or change its color to pink to match your mood.
Your Weather Forecast
When you're at home, Umbrella Here turns into a weather gadget. It turns red when the weather is hot and turns blue when it's cold. When it's raining it blinks reminding you to bring your Umbrella Here and your umbrella with you.
Know the Exact Location of Where It's Raining Right Now
Umbrella Here gives you real time information of where it's raining. Just go into Umbrella Here website or our mobile app to check whether places you're heading to are raining or not.
What we care...
Simple - It Fits Different Umbrellas
This light fits different umbrellas, you simply just plug it into your umbrella when you need it and pull it out when you don’t need it.
Social - Perfect for you to meet someone new
Umbrella Here provides a space for you to connect with different people. Without barriers, it creates a specific moment for strangers to get together. This might gives you a chance to meet someone you enjoy chatting with.
Share - Help someone in need
"Sharing is caring" is what we all learn from Kindergarten, but as grow older. It seems like we slowly forget about this. Especially on a rainy people only care about their own destinations and neglect everything surrounding them. Umbrella Here encourages you to help each others during a rainy day and allow us to experiences the joy of sharing.
Umbrella Here Umbrella
Umbrella Here’s certified Bluetooth Low Energy wireless delivers a fast, stable connection with industry-leading power conservation.
Umbrella Here uses LED lights to illuminate the helping signal while you can change its colour.
Umbrella Here’s battery charges off any USB port in under 90 minutes and delivers power for up to a month of normal use on a single charge.
- Width: 7.3cm
Communication: Bluetooth 4.0 Low-energy (BLE)
- Battery Life: 5 Hours
- Battery: Lithium Ion Rechargeable (Rechargeable with USB cable)
Umbrella Here Wood Stand
- Width: 12cm
- Material: Wood
Umbrella Here Umbrella
- Length: 27 inch
Risks and challenges
We've taken every step to ensure that we have a successful launch for Umbrella Here. We have brought our Umbrella Here digital prototype that we have built with Arduino to Shenzhen, China, the manufacturing capital of the world. In Shenzhen, we found a product designer and an electronic engineer to help us work on Umbrella Here to make it ready for manufacturing.
Once we met the engineers and product designers who helped us on our project, we have told them that Umbrella Here has to fit different umbrellas. This is definitely one of the biggest problem we encountered. Right now, our product designers had came up with different designers, where we can ensure that Umbrella Here fits different Umbrellas. Right now, we are under the process of trying out which looks and work best on Umbrella Here. Please expect that we might add something into the hole of Umbrella Here in our final product, which will help Umbrella Here fit different umbrellas.
Please be aware that every Umbrella Here comes with a wooden stand. The four of us are currently based in Hong Kong and all of our manufacturing will be done in Hong Kong or Shenzhen. We are still currently undergoing the process to check which countries do not allow us to mail a wooden stand. If we encountered any problem of sending out the wooden stand to you, we will changed the stand to other materials. Don't worries, if anything changes, we will definitely contact you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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