Projector, Camera, Real Time 3D Mapping: The Internet Umbrella!

Internet Umbrella

Internet Umbrella

Here is another umbrella that lights up, this time using the internet. The Internet Umbrella aka Pileus, was designed by two students in Tokyo, Takashi Matsumoto and Sho Hashimoto, envisioning a more connected future. The Pileus has two main functions, real time 3D mapping and photo sharing. The umbrella is connected to a laptop that has Wi-Fi access. Onboard the umbrella there is a projector on the shaft which projects onto the underside of the umbrella, a camera, a digital compass, a GPS receiver and a motion sensor.

When switched to the 3D mapping mode, the person’s location is projected onto the umbrella using Google Earth. As the person moves, so does the Google Earth projection.

With a flick of a switch you can go into the camera mode. In this mode the person can take a photo and it will be uploaded directly to Flickr.

You can also project photos and videos from the internet onto the umbrella for a more entertaining walk in the rain. The photos can be scrolled through by simply twisting the umbrella as seen in the video below. – Site

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