Keep dry and boost your signal with the Vodafone Booster Umbrella
I absolutely love British Summer. It must be my favourite day of the year.
What’s the ideal accessory for the great British summer?
An umbrella of course and with this Vodafone Booster Umbrella, you can not only keep dry but charge your mobile battery and boost your signal as well.
It’s designed for festivals and will be launched at the Isle of Wight festival later this month, although as a concept in partnership with University College London, it’s unlikely to be on the shelves for a while.
If Vodafone had been clever, they would have got Rhianna to promote it.
Get your hands on one at that festival and it will keep you dry, obviously. But it’s not just about keeping the rain away. The carbon-fibre handle packs an eco-friendly mobile phone charger, which is powered by 12 lightweight solar cells built into the double-layered canopy.
Which essentially means it will charge a smartphone battery in under three hours via USB.
Those same panels also power a micro antenna, which should, in theory, boost your 3G signal, and as a little bonus, there’s also an LED torch built-in.
The device was actually developed by Kenneth Tong of the University College London who was rather modest about the whole thing.
So when the the rain does comes down, you can stand under your umbrella (ella, ella), charge your phone, call someone and tell them all about it and bbm them, although I’m not sure how it will cope with the mud at some of our festivals.
Who knows, maybe Rhianna will attend one of the festivals.