Internet Umbrella : Pileus

June 19, 2007 at 11:22 pm 2 comments


Among the newest technology, Japan have developed the Internet Umbrella, a device that not only keeps you dry under torrential rain, it also keeps you connected to the rest of the world via Internet. Pileus-the internet umbrella built by two Japanese students, Takashi Matsumoto and Sho Hashimoto. The device, which is currently hard to avoid in the Japanese media, combines several existing technologies to create a Blade Runner-style vision of a connected future. See more about internet umbrella on video clip.

As you’ll see from the photo, the Pileus umbrella is essentially a large screen on the inside of the brolly canopy that displays whatever is thrown onto it by a projector in the shaft. Those images come from a connected laptop PC that uses a Wi-Fi connection to get online. Other hardware in the device includes a camera, a motion sensor, a digital compass and a GPS receiver.

Currently, Pileus draws its various elements together in two functions – 3D mapping and photo-sharing. The mapping is powered by Google Earth to create a view on the umbrella of the immediate surroundings, which the internet connection updates in real time.

Should virtually exploring the real world prove tiresome, a flick of a switch activates the camera, which takes snaps that are uploaded to Flickr in an effort to make sharing a stroll (presumably in the rain) with the rest of the world effortless. Lastly – if all that isn’t enough – the Pileus can pull slideshows and videos from the ‘net for a spot of more prosaic idling under cover.

Although the concepts behind the internet umbrella might sound a little trivial – not to mention pointless – at first glance, there’s no denying that it’s outside-the-box thinking like this that will guide how we use the myriad of technologies at our fingertips in future.


Entry filed under: रोचक कुरा, computer, Electronics & gadgets, japan, technology.

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  • 1. B.R  |  June 22, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    baba..k k hoina k ..hudaichha? pani dream capture garaney software banaudaichhu…ali time lagala jasto cha….

  • 2. Self defense umbrella « Pardesh Baata  |  July 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    […] types of umbrellas sold in the market, some of them are pileus umbrella, bluetooth umbrella etc etc. This umbrella has no unusual parts, no more metal than an average […]

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