SMART UM­BRELLA FROM SHADECRAFT

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Sun­flower is a ro­botic para­sol that moves with the sun, ad­just­ing its po­si­tion au­to­mat­i­cally to keep you shaded at all times. The body is com­posed of three elec­tric mo­tors, which al­low the um­brella to ro­tate 360 de­grees and tilt up to 45 de­grees; and so­lar pan­els, which en­able the gad­get to gen­er­ate and store its own re­new­able en­ergy, so it doesn’t need to be charged over and over again. The hands-free sys­tem means that if you want the Sun­flower to “turn left”, “tilt down” or “play mu­sic”, it will do so – the lat­ter via Har­man Kar­don speak­ers – at the sound of your voice. The um­brella can also be linked to your Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth, so you can sync and con­trol your smart-home de­vices us­ing the voice-ac­ti­va­tion fea­ture or SmartShade app. A high-def­i­ni­tion cam­era fixed within the pole cap­tures pho­tos and videos for both per­sonal and se­cu­rity rea­sons, while in­te­grated LED light­ing al­lows you to set the mood by con­trol­ling colour and bright­ness. Fi­nally, the um­brella is equipped with mul­ti­ple sen­sors that de­tect ev­ery­thing from wind speed and hu­mid­ity to UV ra­di­a­tion, air qual­ity and even ob­sta­cles around it, in which case the um­brella will not open up un­til they are moved.

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