This is so clever - what a wonderful idea to create an internet umbrella.
"Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass. The current prototype has two main functions: photo-sharing and 3D map navigation.
The photo function is connected to a major web service: Flickr API. A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. User can also enjoy theirselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr with simple operation of wrist snapping."
Vimeo Embed Demonstration
Pileus Internet Umbrella from Takashi Matsumoto on Vimeo.
Pileus is the internet umbrella to make rainy days fun! Prod. by T. Matsumoto & S. Hashimoto. from Keio University. pileus.net