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Haz is a smart umbrella that gives you the weather forecast

If you got caught in the rain on Friday, this is the gadget for you. It’s called Haz, and it’s the world’s first fully smart umbrella.

Push a button and it closes or opens, and retracts. That’s more than most, which just extend. It also has smart tracking technology – it connects to your phone over Bluetooth, and sends a notification if it’s separated by more than a certain distance. You can then track it on a map to its last known location. You’ll never misplace it again.

The same app that pings you the notifications also reminds you of the weather, so you’ll know if you need to take it with you.

But it’s perhaps the open and close mechanism that we’re most excited about. One button means you’ll never have to struggle in the wind, or try to juggle all your bags. Check out the video at the bottom of the page to see it in action.

It’s not just good for rain either. It also protects you from harmful UV rays, though we’d advise applying suncream as well to be safe.

Read more: Invisible ‘air’ umbrella smashes Kickstarter target

And it comes in a range of eye-catching colours: black, navy, royal blue, yellow, green and red.

If you’re quick, you can snap one up for just $69 (£44). At time of writing, it had raised $11,000 of a $15,000 funding goal. If successful, it should ship in October, which is usually flood season, judging from the last few years.


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