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DIY Weather-Aware Umbrella Stand Signals Stormy Weather

This clever DIY project adds ambient weather notification to your umbrella stand–simply walk by it on your way out the door to get a subtle reminder to take your umbrella.

The clever setup involves a hobby board, motion detection, and LEDS to a rather clever end. As you walk by the semi-translucent umbrella stand all of it is mounted in, it lights up to indicate the weather conditions. Blue indicates the forecast for the day shows no sign of rain, green indicates rain, and red indicates thunderstorms. Check out the above video to see the hardware involves and the stand in action; hit up the link below for the full build guide including code.

DIY Umbrella Stand Hack with Rain Alert [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/14/12

Comments (4)

  1. toucan

    alternatively, have a front door that has a window in it!

  2. Chet

    “Blue indicates the forecast for the day shows no sign of rain, green indicates rain, and red indicates thunderstorms.” yet the video shows green for dry and blue for rain.

  3. ellehill

    really great idea if it works. Imagine how magic if such weather-aware umbrellas popular.
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  4. Buggernuts

    Green – Don’t forget your sunglasses.

    Blue – Take the aluminum shaft umbrella.

    Red – Take the carbon-fiber non-conductive shaft umbrella.

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