It’s the winter, and for many of us, that means having an umbrella always handy. Especially as winter turns to spring, it’ll be important to have your umbrella handy, but it’s also painfully easy to lose. You can buy the best umbrellas, but if you misplace them, they don’t do you much good. You could, of course, just try to remember it and keep it handy at all times, but if you know that’s not happening, then more drastic measures will need to be taken, courtesy of the Davek Alert.

Umbrella Alert

First of all, the Davek isn’t just a Totes with a sensor in it. It’s an umbrella made of fine materials, with a microfiber cover at 190 thread count, a solid steel central column, and aircraft aluminum and steel for the ribs. The idea is to make it both flexible and sturdy, so when you get nailed by a wind gust, your umbrella doesn’t become a busted cloth bowl on a stick. You should compare the Davek to another innovative umbrella by reading our review on how the Kazbrella closes the right way, and your umbrella is wrong.

So, there’s that. But there is also, of course, the digital component. Built into the handle is a beacon chip. This ties to an app, naturally, because of course there’s an umbrella app, and if you get more than thirty feet from your umbrella, the alarm goes off. It’s powered by a simple coin battery, and, thankfully, you can enable or disable the alarm with just a tap.

Umbrella, Eh? Eh? Eh?

Davek Alert App.
The Davek App in action with the Davek Alert.

While forgetting your umbrella is perhaps a relatively minor annoyance, that only holds true until you step outside and discover you’re about to take an involuntary shower. Still, the annoyance of getting drenched does have to be weighed against the hefty $125 cost of a digital umbrella made from the finest materials. Then again, if you spend that much on a shirt, one could consider it insurance.

Dan Seitz

Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.

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One Comment

  1. I read about your “Alert Umbrella” and thought about my Grandson who can wander off in a flash……
    you probably have tried this high tech method in other venues but I would like to express my thoughts
    An app for parent and toddler, driver and child (back seat forgotten),Alzheimer patient and caregiver,
    being an amateur “inventor” product idea person, about ten years ago maybe more I thought about a
    luggage finder while trying to retrieve my luggage at the end of a cruise. All my ideas seem to be too
    much ahead of it’s time. Davekny seems to be ahead of it’s time as well. Thanks for taking time to
    read this comment. Looking forward to hearing about future innovations.

    Yours Truly,
    Lee Heit

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