Rain check: This smart umbrella warns you if a storm's a-comin'

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At this year's CES we saw a connected hairbrush and a connected walking cane, but more fool you if you leave the house without your connected umbrella.

Courtesy of French startup Wezzoo, the Oombrella works with an app to alert you when a downpour is imminent. Wezzoo's weather app lets users share real-time weather information, which is then crowdsourced and analysed (along with other sources) to alert Oombrellas that it's about to rain in their area.

Notifications are sent to your phone, so if you're about to leave the house without your brolly and a downpour is on the way, Oombrella will send you a reminder to go back and grab it.

Rain check: This smart umbrella warns you if a storm's a-comin'

There are also humidity sensors built into the umbrella's handle so information can be shared back to the app to alert others that something is brewing above.

At Wareable we're often guilty of leaving the house without an umbrella - no matter how many we seem to buy - so we can definitely see the benefits Oombrella could offer. Wezzoo has run campaigns on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo, and says it will be shipping the umbrella from March. For non-backers, it's going to retail for $79.

There'll be three versions - black, white, and shiny - all of which have a UV-resistant canopy.

Speaking of crowdsourcing tech, Plume Labs was also at CES showing off its air pollution tracker, Flow, which draws data from users to map out the cleaner - and more hazardous - areas of your city.

Rain check: This smart umbrella warns you if a storm's a-comin'

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Now at Business Insider, Hugh originally joined Wareable from TechRadar where he’d been writing news, features, reviews and just about everything else you can think of for three years.

Hugh is now a correspondent at Business Insider.

Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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