From the humble horse and cart to the automobile, from the quill and parchment to the mighty desktop computer, mankind has never failed to strive for improvement.
Continuing that trend of innovation, a company in China has successfully hit its crowdfunding target of $10,000 (£6,250) in order to ditch the utterly archaic umbrella and replace it with the highly impressive and totally innovative Air Umbrella.
In fact, so popular has it been on Kickstarter that the designers have managed to raise over $14,000, and they now hope to take the groundbreaking invention out of the research and development stage and into production, with three versions mooted.
The air umbrella works by propelling out a small dome of, um, air which forms a protective barrier for the person holding it.
The engineering behind the invention
As Cnet points out, the new device will stop "that annoying inside-out thing normal umbrellas do in high winds" and you'll never poke anyone in the eye with a stray spoke. Lucky you!
But be warned, the expected battery life is only about 30 minutes, so you won't want to get caught in any prolonged rain showers.
Watch this glorious video below, with its fantastic automated voiceover, which details everything you could ever wish to know about the your new favourite invention.