Hydrophobic Umbrella. Designed for the TInnGO project by Ronald Jurianto

Topic DesignWomen needs in transport

As part of a larger series of ideas tackling belonging management issues on buses, this idea aims to create a better experience for passengers who carry umbrellas on public transport. By creating a hydrophobic umbrella and a universal carrying case, users could wrap the carrying case around their bag’s sling or strap, or attach them onto matching hexagonal patterns within the bus directly, allowing users to store and retrieve their umbrellas without breaking a sweat. The water-repellant nature of the device means drying an umbrella is a shake away, preventing wet umbrellas from soaking users’ belongings or the bus.

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3 years ago

I find all ideas related to water-repellent utensils great. That makes it much easier to use public transport. 
The hexagonal pattern is nice to look at for the passengers and could have a nice marketing effect for the transport companies if all give-aways and merch products are matched to it.
The pattern could reflect the colours of the respective providers.

One disadvantage that could occur is that if several identical umbrellas are stowed at these hexagons, this could lead to confusion. Perhaps the problem could be solved by printing numbers on the hexagons, similar to lockers. Or the providers provide the umbrellas free of charge in the vehicles, making it a "feel free to use" umbrella sharing system for all passengers ;)

The TInnGO project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 824349.
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