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?