Super umbrella company Blunt has partnered up with Tile, “worlds largest lost and found”, to deliver the worlds first umbrella that you will never lose. Blunt makes really tough and cool umbrellas that can stand up to most punishing storms using their “Radial Tensioning System”. So if you are tired of fighting gale force winds with a flimsy umbrella – you may want to check these things out. The designers have leveraged technology to create a far superior product but with quality comes cost. If you are paying $90 for an umbrella you certainly don’t want to leave it behind somewhere. Well now you can sport a Blunt anywhere and never worry about misplacing it again.
Blunt has joined forces with Tile to benefit from their location technology. This collaboration is described as “one that perfectly aligns with both Blunt and Tile’s values: to create design-forward, technologically advanced products that greatly enhance everyday life”.
Tiles are small, discreet, waterproof devices that can be placed on just about any item so it can always be found. Tile syncs with your smartphone via bluetooth to constantly track the location of your keys, wallet, purse etc. The installed App acts as a relay station for all Tiles thus extending the reach via a crowdsourced network. Tile has sold a ton of these things and just raised $13 million in funding so one would expect to see Tiles everywhere pretty soon.
The Tile marriage to Blunt really makes sense. Umbrellas are an everyday tool that frequently go astray. This certainly exemplifies forthcoming collaborations between Tile technology and other portable products.
Blunt + Tile umbrellas are available for pre-order now. Several models are incorporating Tile: The Blunt Metro X_S + Tile, a folding umbrella small enough to pop into a handbag, but strong enough to withstand winds exceeding 50mph, and The Blunt Classic + Tile, the original umbrella in the BLUNT collection and capable of withstanding winds exceeding 70mph.
“Blunt prides itself in revolutionizing umbrella design; we could not be more thrilled to push the boundaries further and make history by offering the first smart umbrella, one that users can find with such clever, modern technology. We all know the feeling of leaving an umbrella behind in a restaurant or even just misplacing it at home; it’s absolutely game changing to now be able to swiftly locate and retrieve the umbrella with just the touch of a phone,” says Mark Duffin, President of Blunt U.S.A.
“This is Tile’s first partnership with a consumer product and we are thrilled to be working with a high-caliber brand like Blunt Umbrellas. Our shared vision for sleek and easy-to-use design align perfectly and we are excited to bring consumers the first ever ‘smart umbrella’ that they’ll never lose again,” says Mike Farley, Co-founder and COO of Tile.
Tile is a wearable for anything you never want to lose, and has created the world’s largest lost and found. Tiles are simple, sleek, and can be placed on valuable things like keys, wallets, purses, computers, and luggage to give users peace of mind knowing their items can always be found. It’s fun, fast and easy to find your Tiled items by seeing its last known location, or playing Tile’s distinctive melody. Members of the Tile community passively help one another by creating local search parties that effortlessly help find the stuff that somehow got away. Tile is based in San Mateo, CA and is on a mission to give everything in the world the ability to communicate and connect. www.thetileapp.com
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