Lightdrops Umbrella is Powered by Rain

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Anyone who has been caught in a torrential downpour knows that rain can be pretty powerful stuff. That’s why the Lightdrops umbrella prototype is so ingenious. The polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) umbrella features a “collective membrane” that powers its LED lights with energy from the rain.

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The PVDF material actually harvests kinetic energy— the heavier the rain, the brighter the umbrella’s LED light becomes.

Designer Sang-Kyun Park’s umbrella isn’t close to being released yet, but I’ll be first in line for the finished product.


Photo Credit: Sang-Kyun Park

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