DailyDirt: Build A Better Mousetrap Umbrella…

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There are all kinds of ways to improve on everyday items. We’ve talked about how wallets are a popular type of project on Kickstarter, but there are certainly plenty of other things that could be re-designed and made slightly (or significantly) better. The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about building a better mousetrap actually didn’t mention mousetraps, but we’ve ended up with a lot of mousetrap inventions, regardless. Here are just a few examples of umbrella inventions that the world might beat a path to.

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even the score! says:

tactical umbrellas

Watching the Hong Kong protests, I was surprised at how well umbrellas could be used as weapons to battle the baton and pepper spray wielding Hong Kong riot police, including an improved, modernized version of the 16th century Gevierthaufen (Pike Square).

There are many companies making a wide variety of weapons intended for police to use against demonstrators, but I’ve got to wonder, does any company manufacture a specialized heavy-duty tactical umbrella designed for protecting demonstrators from aggressive heavy-handed police?

Ideally, such an umbrella would be able to protect users against the various “less lethal” rounds commonly stocked in police arsenals, as well as hold up to repeated baton impact. So it would need to be engineered to have enough flexibility in the ribs to absorb blows without breaking but not so much that a flying baton pushes back the ribs and smashes the user’s head.

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