It's just so nutty, it just might work. This just in from Japan: the wired umbrella. And, I don't mean those little bracing wires that flip out the other way in anything worse than 5 mph wind gusts. This is actually a real umbrella with a real connection to the internet with a built-in camera. You can upload and download pictures with your FlickR account and view your own personal slideshow. The Pileus, as it is called, also comes with GPS and partners with Google Earth to make sure you know where you're going. Don't believe me. Take a look at the demo on youtube. No word on when the Pileus will find its way to US business travelers or for what cost.
Last updated: May 16, 2007
RENEE ORICCHIO is a technology writer and former supervising news producer for CNN Financial News. She has been covering the computer industry since 1987. @oricchio