It gets in the way when you’re trying to do a lunchtime power shop, it drips water all over your clothes when you get on the train/bus (FML), but ultimately, you can’t live without it thanks to the Great British weather and its irritating predilection for sudden torrential downpours (look outside).

But, there’s a new brolly in town: the air umbrella. Yes, it looks rather like a plunger, but it’s deceptively brilliant.

It uses air jets to repel rainwater and form an invisible umbrella.

Created by a research and development team from China, the concept’s been in development for a few years, but they’re now aiming to raise $10,000 through Kickstarter to get it onto the market.

Air Umbrella

With 11 days left, it’s limping to its target with only $4000 raised so far but we reckon the current stormy weather in the UK could help the cause.

It comes in three sizes – the basic style is 50 cm long and weighs 800 grams. Its battery lasts for just 30 mins (so pray for short showers) and you can currently pre-order it for $88 (£55).

The area of protection provided by the jets is about 1 metre in diameter.

Okay, so Mary Poppins might not be keen, we think the design might need a little bit of work (polka dots maybe?), and passersby *probably* won’t be so thrilled about being hit by your spray, but we’re fully on board with the brolly 2.0.

Let it rain.

Check Also

Police Make TikTok Videos Got Help To Reduce Crime Meh? Don’t Wayang Lah!

Be it violence on streets, ill-treatment of domestic workers, online scams, start-up frauds, drug-related activities, …