New umbrella design claims to use air to push rain out of the way

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NANJING, China - Umbrellas are not the typical topic we tackle here on Weird Science. But take it from us, using this new take on an old product is guaranteed to garner you some strange looks during a downpour. Makers are calling it the "Air Umbrella", and instead of using a collapsible canopy to block rain from soaking the holder, this new creation claims to blast those pesky drops right out of the sky using air.

Originally, this invisible umbrella idea was floated on Kickstarter, were it blew way past the $10,000 funding goal. Different designs were developed, but they all work the same way. A battery in its body powers a turbine at the top. When the fan-like blades spin, they create jets of flowing air which pushes the pouring rain out-of-the-way. Makers say they're happy with the Air Umbrella's results so far, but more testing still has to be done before it goes on the market.

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