Jun 1, 2010
On a rainy and blusteryday it is not unusual to get soaking wet when wrestling with a troublesome brolly.
Now one young British designer thinks he has come up with the solution to this problem.
The enterprising student from Brunel University has created the unbreakable ‘Brolli’, which he says will stay upright in the stormiest of weather.
The gadget opens inside-out and looks like an upside-down umbrella. It opens over the top of people’s heads and the ribs flex with the wind, stopping it from being bent out of shape in a gale.
The design also means that the water is queezed out as it is drawn back into its carrying tube, so you won’t be soaked carrying it.
Simon Warne, 27, said: ‘I originally came up with the idea of Brollii when I was in Paris standing in front of the Musee d’Orsay in a long queue.
‘It started to pour with rain and became very gutsy. I watched as people struggled to open their umbrellas while being squashed by the crowd and getting poked from flailing umbrella ribs.
‘I thought to myself, surely with new technology and materials there must be a better solution!’