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Vodafone UK will unfurl a “booster brolly” at summer music festivals, to give concert-goers a chance to charge their phones and shout at absent friends even at events staged in muddy fields where reception is thin. Designed by Kenneth Tong of University College London, the umbrella has solar cells sewn into its canopy (the …

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  1. lawndart

    At last!

    A use for that "Inject Polonium" app I downloaded.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: At last!

      Ah the wally with the brolly.

    2. AOD
      FAIL

      Re: At last!

      You're perhaps thinking of the Bulgarian dissident who was jabbed with an umbrella?

      The poison in that case wasn't polonium, it was ricin.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2636459.stm

      1. The BigYin

        Re: At last!

        @AOD - I think they were referring to Alexander Litvinenko

      2. lawndart

        Re: At last!

        Yep, that was me confusing Bulgarians and Russian dissidents.

        Well spotted.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Solar Umbrella???

    Panels that work in the sun on a device to use when it's raining.

    1. Annihilator
      Facepalm

      Re: Solar Umbrella???

      It really is one step up from the waterproof hairdryer isn't it?

    2. jungle_jim
      Pint

      Re: Solar Umbrella???

      Parasol?

      1. Victor Ludorum
        Unhappy

        Re: Solar Umbrella???

        Is the sun really strong enough in the UK for anyone to need a parasol?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Solar Umbrella???

      To anyone questioning the apparent contradiction that rain clouds can often (but not always) block out the sun, let's not confuse multi-purpose with multi-tasking. But as long as there's daylight, there will be a current coming from the solar panels - just not so much of it.

      Since it also contains a torch (see linked article), it must surely also have a battery, and one would expect that through this, it could deliver charge to a phone, even if dark or overcast.

      I think that it's an innovative idea, certainly worthy of a trial.

  3. Sordid Details
    Big Brother

    Mobe?

    I thought El Reg had banned the use of that word?

    1. Elmer Phud
      Happy

      Re: Mobe?

      Nah, just several readers who find it irritating - even more reason not to ban it .

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Add a super-capacitor

    And you'll be able to charge your phone during thunderstorms. And I would certainly advise anyone I see carrying this umbrella to give it a try.

  5. Wize

    Does anyone really want to...

    ...stand under something that will focus possibly harmful radio waves at your head?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Does anyone really want to...

      ......frankly that's a bit harsh on Coldplay. Overbown and Grandiose, perhaps, but harmful...?

      1. Wize

        Re: Does anyone really want to...

        But everything sounds like Coldplay...

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtfNI6P7zDo

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