Road Test Nubrella

The Weekend Australian - Magazine - - LIFE - By Ross Bil­ton

What is it? The “world’s first patented hands-free um­brella”. And surely a con­tender for Daftest In­ven­tion of the Year.

How does it work? The rain hood, which is re­tractable, sits atop a frame that’s worn like a back­pack. So it rests on your shoul­ders, free­ing up your hands for other tasks.

Like what? Like tak­ing photos, or jug­gling ap­ples, or per­form­ing rude hand ges­tures to that car­load of young­sters who are beep­ing their horn, point­ing and laugh­ing at you. Let them laugh! They’re only jeal­ous. True. This thing’s the fu­ture. As its US in­ven­tor says, “Hold­ing your arm up in the air for an ex­tended pe­riod of time does not fit into our mo­bile-cen­tric, multi-task­ing lives.”

Any­thing else? Un­like a tra­di­tional um­brella, it can’t in­vert. Nubrella claims it can with­stand winds up to 64km/h. (At 65km/h, pre­sum­ably, you take off like a kite surfer.) $105 plus ship­ping, nubrella.com

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