Gadget girl Tee Twyford, editor of Flossie.com , reviews wet weather gadgets.
Weather Updates To Your Phone
WeatherNZ iPhone Application from Orsome
This is an iPhone app that pulls weather information from the MetService - get urban weather forecasts, surf reports, snow reports, tide times, and moon phases directly onto your iPhone. The free World Mate Live business travel application also allows you to access a basic five day weather forecast for your international travel destination for users of Blackberry, iPhone and assorted SmartPhones.
WeatherNZ - RRP $2.59, from: http://www.orsome.co.nz/WeatherNZ.html
World Mate - RRP: Free, from: http://www.worldmate.com
MetService 'Wake up to the Weather' SMS updates
Get the weather when you want it. Log in to the Met Service website, select your hometown and the best time of day to get the heads-up, and they'll send you a two day weather forecast direct to your phone. You can also request 'on demand' reports direct from your phone. A good option for those without a smartphone and downloadable applications.
RRP: Confirmation replies cost 20c, each daily report costs 50c
Available from: http://www.metservice.com/public/sms/sms-texting.html
Umbrellas with a difference
Ambient Umbrella - "The Intelligent Umbrella"
An umbrella with a built in wireless functionality to receive weather updates from Accuweather.com and alert you (via glowing led lights on the base of the umbrella) to rain or snow on its way. You are however subjected to the same levels of inaccuracy with normal weather forecasts - and as yet, the developers haven't extended the wireless information network outside of the US.
RRP: $US129.95 shipping
Available from: http://www.ambientdevices.com/products/umbrella.html
Nubrella - "The Ultimate Weather Protector"
Its unique 'aerodynamic oval', design eliminates two common issues with umbrellas: 1. you can use the Nubrella hands free and 2. you no longer have to battle with the wind blowing your brolly inside out. You will however look like you have a personal breathing capsule to protect you from swine flu or alien invasion.
RRP: Currently on backorder
Available from: http://www.nubrella.com/order_uscan.php
"Your Shoe Umbrella"
More often than not, a gorgeous pair of heels or boots were not designed for walking in puddles, or running through a downpour. That's why American Rebecca Miller invented the Shuella - a plastic over-bootie, that does up with Velcro and keeps your shoes (including high heels) safe from splashes. Available in bright statement colours (buttercup yellow, pink, green) or the more subtle black, the Shuella eliminates the need for a second pair of more practical shoes, and folds up into your carry bag and slips into your bag when you reach your destination.
RRP: $US49.95 free shipping
Available from: http://www.shuella.com/shop.html
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