Connected Objects

Raincheck’s smart, artful design puts other umbrella stands in check

Rain and snow: the city slicker’s most hated enemies. Everything becomes just a little bit harder when either enters the picture, which is why getting caught unprepared is the epitome of a bad day. Designer Nick Jonas’ (not that oneRaincheck is an umbrella stand with a touch of smarts to ensure that never happens.

The product is comprised of beautifully lacquered, dark walnut wood sculpted into a tall, rectangular stand perfect for a few umbrellas. What makes Raincheck special are the eight dots of light installed within that are connected to Wi-Fi that are constantly updated on the weather.

Camping Travel

Strap Shade lets you use your beach umbrella wherever you want the sun done

strapshadeBurying the stand for an upright umbrella to provide shade is no day at the beach. Even when done correctly, it still requires a lot of time and work. Strap Shade is a unique device that can be strapped to any object using a small or large Velcro strap, and holds an umbrella upright without the need for burying or complex stands. With a rubber mold that protects chairs or paint from being scratched or damaged, Strap Shade is as easy to tear down as it is to set up. Strap Shade is available for as little as $20 and will ship out in August of this year.