A unique umbrella has been introduced that uses air to repel water and keep users dry.
Chuan Wang, an artist from Nanjing, China, is the creator of the Air Umbrella, a 30-centimeter long device that shoots out air to create an “air-circulating roof” under which a person can purportedly stay dry in the pouring rain.
“The jet airflow can isolate some objects,” Wang said on the project site. “So when we make use of the airflow, we can protect ourselves from the rain drops. Then the airflow forms an umbrella without a visible cover.”
The makers want the umbrella to cover a dry zone with a diameter of more than one meter. This could expand under lighter rain, they say.
Wang recently raised more than $10,000 on a crowd-sourcing site. The initial plans for the project started in July this year. Wang is looking to complete fundraising by later this month and is eyeing September 2015 to release the product.