Outdoors

Kisha is smarter than your average umbrella

Kisha is a smart umbrella that uses an app to predict the weather
Kisha is a smart umbrella that uses an app to predict the weather
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When shown inside-out, Kisha's polyurethane ribs can clearly be seen
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When shown inside-out, Kisha's polyurethane ribs can clearly be seen
Smart or not, Kisha appears to be a solid umbrella
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Smart or not, Kisha appears to be a solid umbrella
The manufacturers describe Kisha's opening and closing mechanism as "perfect"
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The manufacturers describe Kisha's opening and closing mechanism as "perfect"
Kisha is a smart umbrella that uses an app to predict the weather
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Kisha is a smart umbrella that uses an app to predict the weather
The manufacturers describe Kisha's opening and closing mechanism as "perfect"
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The manufacturers describe Kisha's opening and closing mechanism as "perfect"
Kisha has more ribs than an average umbrella, which should mean it lasts longer
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Kisha has more ribs than an average umbrella, which should mean it lasts longer
The manufacturers of Kisha are so confident about its quality they're offering a 3-year guarantee
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The manufacturers of Kisha are so confident about its quality they're offering a 3-year guarantee

There have been several attempts to improve upon the basic umbrella in recent years – the Rain Shield, which offers shelter from the wind; the Air umbrella, which uses a fan to stop the rain; and Nubrella, which is worn like a space helmet. Now, we have the smartphone-connected Kisha.

Kisha connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth, giving it a couple of "smart" features.

First of all, the Kisha app lets you know the weather forecast for the day ahead in your current location. This includes telling you the chance of precipitation, and subsequent advice as to whether you should take Kisha with you or leave it at home.

The manufacturers describe Kisha's opening and closing mechanism as "perfect"
The manufacturers describe Kisha's opening and closing mechanism as "perfect"

Like the Blunt + Tile umbrella, Kisha is also aware of its location, notifying you when your phone (and thus you) has moved too far away. The idea is to prevent you from leaving your umbrella on the bus or elsewhere, so locations such as your car, home, or office can be deemed safe, preventing you from receiving unwanted notifications.

Even without the smart functionality, Kisha is an impressive umbrella. It's built to be 100 percent windproof and corrosion-proof, with a "perfect" opening and closing mechanism, "perfect" stitching, and 16 polyurethane ribs.

Kisha is available to buy for £39 (US$59) with free shipping included. Each umbrella comes with a 3-year warranty.

Source: Kisha

3 comments
sk8dad
What does 100% windproof mean exactly?
Daffy
Seems odd to call this "Kisha" when it's a Croatian word for "Rain"
Dave Lawrence
Coming soon, a pair of trousers that drop to your knees when you need to take a dump, complete with underpants that react heuristically to the events so that they "sense" your predicament and spot the tortoise before the tortoise even knows it's there Both items will of course automatically tweet the information to the 10,000 of so "friends" you have out there in the unreal world
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