smart umbrella 2We never take our favorite umbrella out because we’d probably lose it. (We’ve lost at least a dozen over the years.) It’s decorated with “Peanuts” and other comic strips, and we’d never find another like it. But coming soon is a smart umbrella that tells you where you left it.

The “HAZ” connects to your smartphone by Bluetooth. It’s not out yet, but it’s the subject of a successful crowd-raising campaign on This requires no new technology and they’ve already brought in more than the $15,000 they asked for. You can pre-order it for October delivery.

With the push of a button, the HAZ opens, closes and retracts. No more stuck umbrellas, no more struggling to close your umbrella while you’re trying to get to your next destination.

Besides telling you where you left the umbrella, the free app tells you the weather and reminds you to carry your HAZ. The cost with shipping is expected to be $94 when it comes out. More info at

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