March 12, 2014 AT 1:00 am

It’s a Party in my Umbrella #WearableWednesday

UmbrellaSpeak

We’ve seen LED’s in umbrellas, but now there’s speakers in umbrellas. This frame holds 10 mini speakers for a unique sound experience according to PSFK. Crafted by Dmitry Morozov, “Anywhere” has the potential to make a rainy day into a fun jaunt.

It’s an early stage design that experiments with the different ways that a personal sound system could be integrated into everyday objects. The device uses optical relays, an Arduino Uno microcontroller, and a micro SD wav player to tie everything together.

So far many wearables tend to be awkward. Once clad in waterproof material, this umbrella could combine the experience of a walkman with the grace of a rain protector. Then, the bigger question will be how people handle the busy sidewalks. Perhaps an app will work Pandora style to analyze the umbrellas around you so you can align with the music you enjoy. It’s a curious problem, but it could lead to some interesting artistic projects, including a concert of umbrellas. Speaking of projects, you can add some vibes to your favorite everyday object with an Arduino. Just check out our tutorial on the Wave Shield.


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