Rainy days aren't much fun for kids, especially in Japan where the gray, gloomy days continue one after another virtually unabated through the Rainy Season. Someone at Sirobako.com came up with a bright idea that uses the rainbow to brighten up those days of desultory drizzle: a randomly flashing rainbow LED umbrella!
Check out this short video of the Rainbow Flash LED Umbrella in action:
By pressing a switch on the umbrella's handle, the user can choose from two different flashing patterns: randomly changing colors of the rainbow or simultaneous white flashes.
The rainbow option brings on a delightful light show in 7 colors: white, red, blue, green, yellow, purple and turquoise). With either option, the umbrella's clear plastic tip also lights up, and the handle shines white to illuminate the area at the user's feet - a nod to safety. It should be mentioned that the umbrella looks good without the light show, being made of taut, well-fitting fabric in an appealing shade of French Blue.
The Rainbow Flash LED Umbrella uses 3 AAA batteries (not included) and battery life is said to be about 12 days when using 2 hours per day. Batteries can be easily replaced as needed without the use of tools.
Priced at 1,280 yen or around $14.25, the umbrella measures 68cm long by 82cm wide (27" x 33") and weighs approximately 350g (12.5oz).
EDITOR'S NOTE: For adults, this Blade Runner LED Umbrella could offer similar lighted fun.