Ok, this is just too weird. Some students in Human-Computer Interaction Design at Keio University, Media Design, Okude Lab in Japan, have developed an umbrella for viewing Google Earth. The umbrella has a GPS, computer, WIFI, and a projector built into the handle. You can walk around places and view your location on a portable “dome” with Google Earth. And, you’re protected from the rain at the same time! (No word on whether the devices are water proof or shock proof.) You can also use the umbrella to show photo slideshows with a simple twist of the handle. Visit the web site about the Pileus Umbrella.
My hat is off to these guys for coming up with an innovative experiment with technology. It may not be practical, but its still an interesting idea to explore – especially the use of a portable dome in the form of an inexpensive every day object. And, of course, since they used Google Earth, they get extra points!
Check out the video showing the umbrella in use showing a photo slide show:
via Very Spatial.