Smart Umbrellas Help Collect Rain Data

smart-umbrellaUmbrellas are supposed to help keep us dry, but are they really able to do more than just that? Perhaps, as a certain Rolf Hut from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands has thought up of a plan to transform the regular umbrella into a rain gauge. This particular prototype of his that you can see above will sport a sensor which is capable of detecting raindrops that fall onto the umbrella’s canvas, where Bluetooth connectivity will help the sensors relay such information to a connected smartphone or computer for further analysis.

Dr. Hut hopes that the many thousands of ordinary folk like you and I out there with our brollies will be able to work together as a crowdsource data pool, where researchers will be able to rely on instead of falling back on a dwindling number of scientific gauges.

Advertisement, article continues below

Dr. Hut shared, “We have radar and satellites, but we’re not measuring rain on the ground as we used to; it’s expensive to maintain the gauges. Therefore, agencies are reducing the number, and that’s a problem for people who do operational water management or do research into hydrology because they don’t have the access to the data they used to.”

This does sound as though it is going to be more practical for us to share our resources instead of relying on computers to search for intelligent lifeform out there via the SETI program.

Source: meetingorganizer.copernicus.org

Take action: Like | G+ | Tweet | Pin | User Comments



Most Shared

Blizzard Wants To Help Combat Harassment On Twitch

Russian Embassy Tweets Image From Command & Conquer To Warn Of Terrorism

Fans Want Help Raising $20 Million To ‘Fix Dorne’ In Game Of Thrones

Hyperloop One’s First Public Speed Test Is A Success

Apple Hit With $2.8 Billion Lawsuit Over iMessage & FaceTime

Alleged iPhone 7 Dummy Unit Photo Surfaces

Snapchat Sued Over ‘Speed Filter’ That Led To Car Crash

There Are Maybe 10-15 Episodes Left In Game Of Thrones

F-16 Used To Save The Life Of A Dying Patient

Apple Could Skip iPhone 7s, Jump Straight To iPhone 8

Researchers Accidentally Create Long-Lasting Batteries

iOS 9.3 Also Crashes iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

After Thousands Of Years, Someone Has Reinvented The Scissors

Apple Claims Backdoor Unnecessary After iPhone Password Was Changed

FBI Could Use Suspect's Fingerprint To Unlock iPhones

John McAfee Claims He Can Decrypt The iPhone In 3 Weeks