One of the things I don't like about brollies is that by and large, their design hasn't changed much, save for the occasional gimmick. However, designer Matthew Swinton's brolly concept may just grow on you, literally.
The canopy of the Sprout Umbrella (looks more like a bulb thermometer to me) is hidden within the shaft. When you slide the knob up, the bendable plastic arms of the canopy extend outward, resembling a growing bean sprout.
The above picture shows a full-size brolly, but we assume this idea can also be applied to portable tote bag-friendly versions. There's also no need to worry about finding a plastic bag to contain the umbrella when it's wet. Great, isn't it?
(Source: Crave Asia)