Use gadgets easily while holding this Brolly

THUMBS UP: The Brolly's handle has an ergonomic, four-finger grip. The umbrella costs S$25.


    Aug 15, 2013

    Use gadgets easily while holding this Brolly

    The New York Times

    UMBRELLAS are decidedly low-tech devices - they serve only to keep our heads and gadgets dry.

    Holding an umbrella usually precludes the use of gadgets, but Brollytime - a company based in Chicago - has come up with an innovation to change that.

    Addressing the timeless issue of poor umbrella design, the firm created Brolly, an umbrella with a handle that has an ergonomic, four-finger grip.

    The handle frees your thumb from having to hold the umbrella, making it perfect when using smartphones and cameras. Now, you can avoid that awkward position of tucking an umbrella handle between your head and shoulder to take a picture or send a text message.

    The Brolly, which takes its name from the informal British term for umbrella, is available on the company's website for US$20 (S$25).

    It is compact, and easy to fold and store. The handle, which is a combination of plastic and rubber, is strong but comfortable to hold. I could easily hold the umbrella over my head while texting in the rain.

    But I wish the rest of the umbrella were designed as well as the grip. The Brolly looks as cheap as those US$5 umbrellas that vendors start hawking as soon as the sky turns grey.

    I have a feeling the Brolly would not survive a gusty New York storm.