Consumers Blown Away By Wind Resistant Cyprus Umbrella

Since the beginning of time, staying dry while out in the rain has been accomplished poetically, artistically and carelessly, depending on how and when it falls and if and when it is expected. For the last four thousand years, the umbrella (parasol) has been depicted in the art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece and China, but the Chinese were the first to waterproof their umbrellas for use as rain protection  by waxing and lacquering them. An umbrella's capacity to shield against the elements has always been dependant on the power of the wind in the atmosphere. When the rain is heavy, many an umbrella succumbs to its onslaught and turns inside out, leaving the wearer outside in and drenched to the skin.


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The Cypress (aka Cyprus) Umbrella

Dubbed the world's first telescopic and most durable umbrella, its creation is the work of Kevin Truong and Cahay Ho, two mechanical engineers in Vancouver, B.C. who have invented telescopic ribs that never flip inside out. Another unusual feature is the built-in cover, which is a pop-up enclosure for drip-free strage when the umbrella is not in use.


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Developed by Hedgehog Products Inc, this umbrella is unique in more ways than one, being the first ever created with a fully interchangeable canvas designed to change color which can be snapped in and out to match any outfit or emotion any day of the week. Its creators firmly believe that this feature as well as its durable structure and independent suspension system, each rib of which is constructed of tubular pieces combined with stainless steel pins, make this umbrella "the last any of us will ever own."


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According to the Cypress team:

"Unhappy with how an umbrella flips inside out so easily, we invented an independent suspension system to defend against strong winds. This invention allowed the Cypress umbrella to be extremely wind-resistant, yet keep the overall weight comparable to its competition."

Cahay Ho and Kevin Truong

Living in a rainy city like Vancouver, the odds of getting wet under powerful winds provided the impetus for this novel piece of wearable tech. The two engineers combined their unique talents. Cahay Ho had worked as a member of  the team that  developed the Formula SAE car and decided that greater flexibility could be achieved by building in a suspension system reminiscent of that found in a race car. Truong is also experienced in automotive design, and together they worked tirelessly out of the Vancouver Hack Space for more than ten months and 1,000 hours to perfect the design for the Cypress umbrella.

The power of 3-D printing  and the Cypress umbrella

3-D printing gave the two engineers the freedom to undertake nearly a dozen designs quickly and efficiently. According to the website: "3-D printing...accelerated our development stages. Normal prototyping methodology would be to design and then send drawings out for fabrication. This process is time-consuming and expensive. With 3-D printers, we can design, test and make changes right away. In our current umbrella, aside from the stem, ribs and pins, the rest of the umbrella's frame is 3-D printed: the clips, the slider, hubs, handle...We even 3-D printed the springs."

The future of the Cypress umbrella

Kickstarter claims this umbrella is "ten times stronger" than a regular one and funding for this project has already exceeded its goal. The world should be grateful to these two brilliant young engineers from Vancouver, BC, who not only knew enough to come in from the rain but also mastered the art of being dry while out in the rain!

Are 3-D printing and other additive technologies here to say? If so, explain why.

Closing thoughts on the rain:

Some people walk iin the rain, others just get wet. ~ Roger Miller