Tired of wearing sunscreen? Just want a break from the hot sun?
I live in Florida, and that means I get a ton of sun. Unless of course, it’s raining but sometimes even then the sun is still beaming down. If I’m not wearing sunscreen, I need protection, period. This is true even if I’m just standing in my backyard for a few minutes supervising my dogs.
The ShadeCraft Sunflower is a solar-powered sunshade or umbrella. Now, that may sound a little silly but hear me out. It’s actually a blessing in disguise.
The Sunflower is an “autonomous shading system” that can open and close on its own. In essence, it provides the shade – and protection – you need.
But that’s not all it can do.
What Is the ShadeCraft Sunflower?
The ShadeCraft Sunflower has so many features, the real question is “what can’t it do?”
The Sunflower is an “autonomous” robotic shade – billed as the “world’s first” of its kind – that will track the sun throughout the day. It also generates energy from solar power.
It can tap into a smart home ecosystem even from outdoors and includes the necessary connections to do so. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support are just two of the many features it offers. It even has an embedded microphone so you can call out commands to a voice assistant via Bluetooth.
If you’re chillin’ outside under the Sunflower you can plug in mobile devices or tablets to the USB connection. They’ll get juice from the solar energy the Sunflower collects.
Also, the battery will last for 72 full hours without solar energy and acts as a reserve. You can also lower the spoke option from 7 to 6 or 5, which should lessen the power consumption.
If you thought that was it – and that already sounds like a lot – then you’ve got a lot more to look forward to.
Why is the Sunflower So Badass?
The Sunflower is “autonomous,” so it will open or close on its own thanks to solar energy.
The Sunflower also has an integrated security camera that you can tap into remotely. There’s image capture support, controlled lighting for dim scenarios, and even a speaker system for media playback.
Plus, there are high wind speed, weather, and air quality sensors that will provide valuable information about the Sunflower’s surroundings. So, you’ll know if it’s safe to set it up or not and spend some time outdoors.
You can further extend your experience with add-ons like a drink cooler, various color options, and even a wind power accessory.
This thing is absolutely badass, and bonkers! There’s no denying how awesome it is even if the feature list does sound like a late-night-infomercial.
I have only one question, when can I get one? Sadly, it won’t be ready until 2018, but it looks like it’s going to be worth the wait!