The prototype attached to a child's umbrella
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Could your umbrella become a rain gauge?

1 May 2014 Last updated at 11:13 BST

A Dutch scientist has come up with a prototype of an umbrella that is also a rain gauge.

Rolf Hut from Delft University of Technology says that a smart brolly, which would send information to a computer via a phone, could help researchers who rely on a dwindling number of scientific rain gauges.

He explains how his prototype - which uses a child's umbrella - works.