Pileus is an Umbrella for Photo Sharing on Rainy Days

The Pileus Internet Umbrella is a cool research project that aims to connect an umbrella to the cloud and use the available space on the underside of the umbrella as a screen for projecting photographs.

Using the Flickr API, the umbrella can upload photographs wirelessly using a built-in camera and browse photographs using wrist snaps for navigation.

The product aims to provide an augmentation of everyday life synchronizing information on the Internet and the real place.

Here’s what the name “Pileus” means:

“Pileus” is an ancient Latin word originally meaning skullcap, and now used as technical worlds for a cloud that appear above a cumulus at meteorology and a cap of mushrooms at mycology . The project uses this word for the name with double metaphors as a physical umbrella (mushroom cap) and cyber network services (overlaid cloud).

Sadly, the umbrella is currently only a prototype. If it were to ever hit the market, would you buy one?

(via Photojojo)

Image credit: Pileus Internet Umbrella by 22n

  • Petapixel

    I would rather by a portable beamer to be able to project my images on any surface.
    Google or youtube on “Sixth Sense Technology”…

  • Celeph

    Depends on the price.. if it's $50-$100 why the heck not–it would be worth the fun you may get from it (for a while). But then, how often does it rain? I would rather spend more and get something I can wear everyday and project on any surface.