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iBrella, the umbrella iPod controller

Ever been caught in a downpour only to have your iPod start playing your least favorite song? How do you change the track without risking water damage to your iPod? The guys over at Proto-typen.org have found the solution to this all-too-common problem: The iBrella.

The iBrella is a white umbrella modified with an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and some hall-effect sensors that track the iBrella’s movements, and a micro-controller that sends instructions to an iPod based on those movements. Twisting the handle skips forward and backward through the tracks. Turning in a circle controls the volume. Thrusting the iBrella up switches modes, and closing the iBrella pauses the music. It may not be very practical — after all, do we really want the streets filled with people carrying umbrellas and spinning around? — but I think it’s pretty cool, nonetheless. [Via Make]

Now all you need is the perfect playlist:

Acid Raindrops – People Under the Stairs
Don’t Rain on My Parade – Japan
Out in the Rain – Julie Miller
Lightning Strikes – Klaus Nomi
It’s Raining Men – The Weathergirls
Rainy Days – Young Jeezy
Rainbow in the Dark – Dio
Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow – Strawberry Alarm Clock
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
Storm Coming – Gnarls Barkley

Those are just a few from my music library. What’s on your rainy day playlist?

One Response to “iBrella: The Umbrella iPod Controller”

  1. [...] It looks like accelerometers will be everywhere soon due to the release of Nintendo’s Wii game console, which lets players interact with games via a pair of motion-sensitive controllers. It will be interesting to see how hackers adapt all of these accelerometers to control other devices and technologies in our lives. If you like to tinker with electronics, this might be a promising area to start looking into. [...]