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Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Polite Umbrella

[Media: Video]

While the Polite Umbrella is undoubtedly neat, I'm having a hard time understanding how useful and desirable it would be. Are cities really so crowded that such a thing would be useful?

I laughed the first time I saw this, I thought it was silly at first, but they're totally serious about it.
“The Polite Umbrella” project is about an interactive umbrella that respects people’s personal space in a public area. A user can easily adjust their umbrella anytime by pulling a handle so that one can protect themselves from harsh winds or bumping into others. The shrinking movement is immediate and is capable of morphing shapes to that like of a jellyfish. Additionally, graphic images printed on the umbrella have animated effects which create gestures of politeness such as bowing or hand gestures. Furthermore the umbrella also has readable quotes related to good manners in order to initiate communications.

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