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July 3, 2006

Remote Controlled Patio Umbrella


You knew it was only a matter of time.

Your handy little remote control lets you open and adjust it to the perfect angle from up to 40 feet away.

From the website:

    Remote Controlled Market Umbrella

    Unlike traditional models, this 9-foot-diameter market umbrella with a battery-powered tilt and lift mechanism can be adjusted from up to 40 feet away using a handheld remote control.

    The remote-controlled, rechargeable motor allows quick and simple adjustments as the sun's rays change position or the wind reverses direction, and the pole has a safety shut-off switch.


    The champagne-colored, rust-resistant aluminum pole supports the canopy, which is crafted of weather-resistant Sunbrella fabric.

    The 9'-diameter shade provides ample shelter from weather and sun and an overlapping baffle gently vents air to reduce the effect of winds.

    AC adapter recharges the battery in five hours, providing up to six hours of continuous use.

    The pole fits most tables with holes measuring 1-3/4" in diameter.

    115"H when closed; 100"H when open.

    Weighs 26 lbs.


To translate: you have to plug the umbrella into an electrical outlet to recharge its motor; the remote control is powered by a 12-volt battery (amazingly enough, included).


You just know there's someone reading this who's already thinking about a hack that will enable the umbrella to automatically adjust itself depending on the position of the sun or the time of day.


July 3, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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Ha! I beat you to it - I was about half way down when I wondered why for that price it didn't sunseek on its own. Not hard to do - did it at school in the seventies to run a solar steam engine.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Jul 3, 2006 4:40:01 PM

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