The Dronebrellas Are Coming

Just don't expect to use them in the rain, at least not yet.

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Drones already have a pretty impressive library of skills from the obvious ones like package delivery, to flying into your open windows or rescuing a stray AirPod. Engineers at Asahi Power Service hope to add "umbrella sidekick" to that list.

Designed for use on golf courses and with an estimated launch date of 2019, the "Free Parasol" can hover its 11-pound heft for about 20 minutes on a full charge. If that short flight time sounds like a bit of a drawback, then buckle up because it gets worse. The Free Parasol is expected to cost about $275 at launch and, better yet, you can't use it in the rain. As you might have guessed by the name, this is a shade-making umbrella as opposed to a dry-keeping one, though Asahi Power Service is evidently working on a waterproof model that could be used in the rain.

The prospect of a floating umbrella is enticing but between the price, the time limitation, and the noise, it looks like more of a gimmick than a dream come true, especially if your main concern is rain. A low-tech umbrella may seem boring, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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