DroneBella umbrella-shaped drone rain protection wherever you go: Umbrellas have been with us for hundreds of years. The first folding umbrella was invented in 1705 and has since been part of our daily life. But it has some important limitations. DroneBrella, the hands-free umbrella that follows us, solves them in an elegant and futuristic way.

Conventional umbrellas have to be carried in hand, so we only have one free, and we can not do things that require both hands while we are using them. Such as cycling, typing quickly on the mobile or transporting objects. Although there is already an umbrella for cyclists.

DroneBrella is the fusion of a drone and an umbrella: an autonomous vehicle that follows You and protects you from the rain, freeing both hands for what you need.

DroneBrella is not a project of a startup or a technology company. As we see in the video it is the work of a French magic company, Augmented Magic, which is dedicated to fusing magic with technology.

Augmented Magic uses this umbrella drone in their magic shows, but a few months ago they decided to experiment with their applications in daily life.

DroneBella umbrella-shaped drone rain protection

It is important to realize that this is not a conventional drone holding an umbrella or, it is inside the umbrella itself. As we see, the drone has been completely modified to take the shape of an umbrella, it has no drone shape. It's a real flying umbrella. Otherwise it wouldn't be magic...

Augmented Magic explains that in their magic shows they use it in a closed environment, and they handle it with remote control, like a traditional drone. But this outdoor version has been much more complex to design.

They have had to take into account concepts such as the strength of the wind or rain. In addition the sun's rays and people interfere with the radio signal that controls it.

They finely decided to implement a Follow me System. The drone flies autonomously and follows its owner, with the help of the camera.

A great idea that would be a great success if they decided to market it...

DroneBella umbrella-shaped drone rain protection

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This dairy company uses cow dung to refuel its trucks

Large companies are already using all the resources at their disposal to achieve the goal of zero carbon emissions by 2050, but they are not the only ones.

Dairy company Arla Foods, aligned with these plans to reduce its greenhouse gases, has estimated that around 85% of its total emissions come from its more than 10,000 farms in Europe, a combination of methane and nitrous oxide from its own cows and fuel from its trucks. Their solution to end them: take advantage of them.

Most of the gases emitted by cows come from their flatulence and manure from farms. This material, which farmers use as fertilizer, acts as a digester in the stomach of cows, can be cleaned and liquefied as fuel to supply delivery trucks, which would end so many greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, Arla is conducting the trial with two of its farms in Buckinghamshire, a county northwest of London.

"We collect it from 2 farms as part of the trial, but we have another 2,500 to go longer term, so there is definitely an opportunity to expand the network. We have a lot of cow dung," Graham Wilkinson, CEO of the company, told CNBC. At the moment, the project is in the middle of a 3-month trial studying the feasibility of converting manure into fuel.

The trial, which began in Sweden in 2019, already reaches the potential to produce biofuel worth 54 million liters of diesel, which is not only less polluting, but cheaper.

"The ambition would be to go down this path (of biofuel) and make it more economically viable than diesel. Anyway, we have to think differently than diesel, " adds Wilkinson. "For every liter of diesel we replace with biofuels, we actually reduce our carbon emissions by about 2 liters, so it's actually having a kind of double positive effect," he summarizes.

The anaerobic production process also produces a substance called digestate, which farmers can use as a natural fertilizer for crops. They usually spread manure and slurry directly over crops, also improving the productivity of this part of the chain.

Eventually, Arla's idea is to reach a point where farmers don't have to use the nitrous oxide-rich manufactured fertilizer that currently contributes to carbon emissions. In addition to benefiting the environment and farmers, the second big long-term goal is to save money, in an industry where the price paid for milk fluctuates constantly.

"Throughout our entire supply chain we are constantly looking at how we do things, and how we can simplify them. The potential with this trial is that it could be another example of where we could really take the cost out and benefit our farmers at the same time," the company director boasts.

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