The design of the umbrella has pretty much stayed the same for years, except for the various size changes… obviously. However, all of that may be fixing to change, and drastically at that. Developers in china have designed something quite incredible called the Air Umbrella, and it has no canopy or metal spokes. It simply uses air to divert the rain drops from hitting you.
It currently comes in three different sizes and the battery lasts for about 30 minutes when continuously running. The area of protection it provides is about three and half feet in diameter. Which would be like you or someone holding a normal size umbrella. It’s expected to be released sometime in 2015, and the company currently has a Kickstarter campaign that just reached its goal.
**Update: the project was fully funded and people can expect shipment sometime in December of 2015. Make sure to give this a share on Facebook.