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An Automated Umbrella Sharing System

You're about to leave the building when you realize that it's raining. You have an umbrella at home, but you didn't bring it with you. Do you have to just get wet?

Here are Amir Entezari and Babak Asad standing before an UmbraCity kiosk--their solution to this common problem. Sign up for the program, then swipe a credit card. The machine dispenses an umbrella. If you return it to a kiosk within 2 days, it's free. If you don't return the umbrella, the system charges $2 per day for up to 10 days.

Entezari and Asad are debuting their program at 5 locations on the campus of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

-via Technabob


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