Awesome Things

An Umbrella that plays music when it rains


Sounds like straight from the story tales, isn’t it? But its real.

Two Berlin-based hackers Alice Zappe and Julia Lager created a “musical umbrella”, one that creates a random series of lo-fi 8-bit tones that sounds like music (well, not the kind of melody you’re looking for) when it rains on it.

How does this umbrella work?

Well, it’s simple. When raindrops strike the outside surface of the umbrella, they are converted to tones by the the presence of twelve piezo pickup sensors which are taped to the underside of the umbrella and respond to vibration. The piezo’s are then fed into an Arduino Uno – an inexpensive and open source micro-controller popular with hackers and hobbyists, which is in turn connected to two speakers.

So next time you go out in the rain, and hear your umbrella making the sounds (or music as you might want to call it), just keep smiling and walk on.

Via Like Cool.

Join my FREE Zoom Webinar on How to Start Blogging
Join me every Sunday for a free, one hour webinar where I answer your questions on blogging and help you get started. I share my experience and insights so that you can use it to your benefit. Join today – limited seats!


In my pursuit of happiness, I share everything I've learned, on this blog. From productivity to spirituality and everything in between. I quit my cozy job in the USA to pursue my passion - blogging. Today, I make five times what my US job paid. More than the money, I love the freedom it gives me to make my own choices. Come join me. Start blogging! :) WhatsApp : +0014084894785