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Want This New Invention? Your Own Personal Solar-Powered Cloud

On a hot and sunny day there is nothing like a big, fluffy cumulus cloud to create a bit of relaxing shade. But, oh, they seem to move off all too quickly. Believe it or not, there is something you can do about this. You can have a Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol. It is like owning your own little piece of the sky.

 Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)

This puffy portable cloud was designed by the Netherlands-based firm Toer. This parasol senses the sun and inflates itself into a perfect little cloud just large enough for you -- and a few friends. The design rather reminds me of those cartoon clouds that follow depressed people around. Fortunately this is not for the happy-challenged among us, but for anyone trying to avoid too many UVA and UVB rays.

Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)

The basic mechanism that operates the parasol is a solar panel on the top that turns on a small fan that inflates the parasol. The surface of the cloud is made of durable, lightweight nylon and the cloud expands to a circumference of 6½ feet in just 20 seconds. The parasol also has a silicone coating so that it is protected just in case the sun suddenly gives way to rain. The aerodynamic structure allows the parasol to handle windy weather as well. Without a metal structure it isn't going to blow inside-out.

Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)

When the sun disappears the parasol deflates on its own -- or you can deflate it at the touch of a button located on the pole.

Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)Solar-Powered Cumulus Parasol (Image via Studio Toer)

Even the shape of the parasol was designed to resemble those fluffy, fair-weather cumulus clouds we have some to know and love.

Order now to get your own personal cloud for the dog days of summer. If someone gets too close for comfort just remind them of those words by the (apparently) immortal Mick Jagger -- "Hey, you, get off of my cloud!"

Sources: Mail Online, Design Boom, Studio Toer