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A brolly good idea for new rain shelter.

UMBRELLAS may be turned inside out in the future -after a design graduate unveiled a spokeless brolly which he claims will not fall apart in windy weather.

Designers have spent almost 500 years trying to create the ultimate lightweight, yet sturdy, folding umbrella.

Now 23-year-oldRichard Lawson,from Sutton Coldfield,near Birmingham, thinks he has finally come up with the answer.

The pocket-size rain shelter is made from spring steel loops and folds into a tiny round disc that fits into the palm of your hand.

It has no spokes or sharp edges to injure fellow pedestrians and is resistant to winds that cause traditional umbrellas to give up the ghost.

Splu -spring loaded umbrella -is a complete redesign of the traditional brolly and follows months of research and production.

The Nottingham Trent University graduate said: ``I had an idea about using spring steel loops in a similar fashion to portable photography reflectors and applying it to the umbrella.''

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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 14, 2003
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