Let an LED be your umbrella

Pretty. But will these short out in the rain?

Hopefully the creators of The Umbrella Project won't have to find out.

On Sunday evening in Cambridge, Mass., on the MIT campus, dancers with LED-laden umbrellas will take to the streets for some performance art. Dancers, from the Pilobolus company as well as MIT students, faculty and staff, will use programmable umbrellas equipped with red, blue and green lights. Using hand controllers designed by MIT researchers, participants can change the color of their umbrella as they go, creating an ever-changing tableau as they dance.

UP: The Umbrella Project from Pilobolus on Vimeo.

This will be the second performance of this dance; it premiered in October 2012 in Camden, Maine, where the video was shot.

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