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British telecommunications company Vodafone has unveiled 'Booster Brolly' - an amazing umbrella that can charge your smartphone in three hours using solar light
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Have you ever heard something like this – an umbrella charging phones? If not, then you are going to read about one and hopefully see a real one pretty soon. British telecom giant Vodafone has unveiled an umbrella named ‘Booster Brolly’ that can charge your smartphone in three hours using solar light.


Vodafone Booster Brolly Umbrella, Image Credit : blog.vodafone.co.uk

The umbrella ‘Booster Brolly’ is developed by Dr. Kenneth Tong, a lecturer in antennas and microwave technology at University College London. Booster Brolly has a carbon fiber frame design. Dr. Kenneth Tong has affixed 12 hand-stitched silicon solar cells with a high gain antenna in the umbrella. The umbrella accessory weighs only 800 grams. The solar cells charge a battery which is stored in the umbrella’s handle. The handle will reportedly charge your mobile phone in around three hours via the handle-mounted USB port. Built-in antennas enable signal amplification within a meter radius. To know about this innovative product, visit Vodafone.

Press Release

A FESTIVAL BOOST

“Vodafone UK reveals an innovation in festival gadgets – the Booster Brolly.

Vodafone UK has unveiled the latest innovation in mobile communications with its multi-purpose Booster Brolly. The unique prototype has been created in partnership with University College London (UCL) to ensure that festival goers stay connected with their friends during this summer’s biggest outdoor events.

The concept umbrella has been designed to function as an eco-friendly mobile phone charger, powered by a series of flexible solar panels within the canopy. The electrical current generated from the panels also powers a micro antenna, boosting a phone’s 3G signal wirelessly. The innovative gadget, which will be trialled at the Isle of Wight Festival next weekend, also boasts an LED torch for night time navigation and a ‘hands free’ smart phone cradle.

The Booster Brolly works with a wide range of mobile devices, charging a smartphone battery in under three hours. The design allows for one handset to charge through a USB port in the brolly handle. However, any friends making calls from under thecanopy could also benefit from the umbrella’s signal boosting functionality, as the 3G signal is wireless. Underpinning the pioneering technology of the Booster Brolly is a durable carbon fibre skeleton, which houses the electrical circuitry and a double layer wind and waterproof canopy that protects festivalgoers from the worst the British weather can throw at them – whilst doubling as a sunshade during sunny times.

Danielle Crook, Director of Brand Marketing at Vodafone said:”We wanted to create a practical but high tech innovation that could genuinely improve a festivalgoers experience. The concept Booster Brolly does just that by merging cutting edge technology with a trusted and reliable British umbrella.”

Dr Kenneth Tong PhD, Lecturer in Electronic & Electrical Engineering at UCL explains the technology involved: “The custom canopy has been fitted with 12 lightweight amorphous silicon triple junction solar cells that have the ability to convert light into electricity, through a series of highly sensitive photovoltaic semiconductors. The current generated is then transferred, via a voltage regulator, to the handle of the umbrella where it is stored safely in high capacity rechargeable batteries, or used to directly charge a mobile device through a USB port.

The antenna concealed at the top of the umbrella’s central pole uses the same power source to obtain a low strength network signal. The in-built low noise booster then amplifies this signal, within a 1-metre radius of the canopy, allowing smartphone users around the Booster Brolly to make and receive calls, exchange text messages and even browse the Internet with maximum signal strength.””

Vodafone’s umbrella is still in the concept stage and its unclear when it’ll be available for purchase, or how much it will cost. But Vodafone VIP customers will get a chance to test the umbrella at next week’s festival in the Isle of Wight. Do you think that this umbrella will be useful in our daily life? Don’t hesitate to share your comment in the box below.

Source : Vodafone

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