Jun 14th, 2012

With summer fast approaching, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to not only stay cool, but power your Android device and increase its wireless signal simultaneously? Okay, so maybe the thought has never actually crossed your mind, but you know who’s head that idea has been bouncing around in? Dr. Kenneth Tong’s from the University College of London. That’s who.

This mad scientist is responsible for creating a high-tech umbrella he calls the Booster Brolly. It’s constructed with a carbon fiber frame, and 12 hand-stitched silicon solar panels that charge a battery found on the umbrella’s handle. It’s there you can plug in your Android device, and after only 3 hours you’ll be enjoying a fully charge phone.

Not only that, the top of the umbrella is essentially a high gain antenna that will boost the wireless signal of any device within 3 meters of the umbrella, giving you more bars in more places and acts as a great ice breaker with the ladies. The Vodafone Booster Brolly is due to be unveiled at the Isle of Wight festival this June 22nd (one day after summer officially begins here in the US). Ironically, the real question is how effective this umbrella will be during the rainy season.

[Vodafone | Via Engadget]