Road Test Nubrella
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