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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jun 15, 2012

Vodafone Booster Brolly = Umbrella + Charger + Signal Booster

Voda-brella is what Dr. Kenneth Tong, the creator of Vodafone's Booster Brolly wanted to call the umbrella that doubles as a mobile charger and triples as a mobile network signal booster. The booster brolly is a clever combination of high gain mobile antenna with a mobile charger that uses solar energy to charge mobile phone via USB. Dr. Tong and his team of PhD students at University College London stitched solar panels to the canopy of the umbrella. The 12x2 volt panels generate enough power from Sun rays to charge a mobile phone. The team says that the mobile can be charged within three hours with this umbrella.

[caption id="attachment_35881" align="aligncenter" width="618"][​IMG] Vodafone Booster Brolly - Final Design[/caption]

Vodafone's network may not follow you everywhere; but this umbrella can help catch the weak signals for you. The Booster Brolly uses a combination of high-gain antenna and low-power signal repeater to gather signals from the nearest possible Vodafone tower. With all the gadgets fitted, the Booster Brolly weighs only 800 grams. Check out Vodafone UK's official blog post for more insights on the Booster Brolly.

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