File this under “What are they going to come up with next?” Because the umbrella ShadeCraft Robotics just unveiled is mind blowing in a lot of ways. The features are out of this world because this things does just about everything except your laundry. It’ll fit in nicely among the top 50 home tech products you need to add.
The Blossom uses solar power and is even functional on cloudy days because it will store power while you play music through its Bluetooth enabled audio system. But it doesn’t end there, there’s a controlled lighting feature with embedded LED panels to create the perfect ambiance for any outdoor setting. You might want to add any of these 12 solar landscape lights to your yard as well.
The wind sensor onboard the Blossom will detect wind speed as well as direction so it will close automatically if inclement weather approaches. Make sure you know these storm survival tips next time severe weather approaches.
You can also control the umbrella through an app and charge your device through a USB port on the umbrella. If an app is too old of a technology for you, you can run it through Alexa and use voice commands. Bet you didn’t know these 15 ways to use Alexa at home.
While that all sounds pretty awesome, here comes the gulp part. The Blossom retails for $7,500 on ShadeCraft’s website and is available for pre-order.
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Dimasik_sh/ShutterstockCozy Space ComfortsBackyard entertaining spaces don’t have to be large to be great. This small corner of lawn—with a table for two, charming brick wall and unique wood shelving piece—is perfect for an alfresco meal with a friend. Plus: These are the must-have items for a picture-perfect backyard.Stone Fountain Conversation StarterYou can customize this design to suit your yard without changing the basic construction. Our fountain is about 4 ft. in diameter. You could make yours half as big or twice as big using the same materials and methods. Check out the details here.Artazum/ShutterstockLiving Room OutdoorsA comfortable love seat, side chairs, coffee table and area rug give this patio a true living room feeling. Invite guests over for coffee, conversation and relaxation. And don’t forget about fun outdoor games!Bug-Free Screen HouseEscape the bugs when entertaining friends and family with this DIY screen house. Find the project plans here.imging/ShutterstockDirect Traffic with Paths and LightingThe stunning illuminated concrete stairway in this backyard helps to guide guests to the lawn on a lower level. Tiered flower beds add even more visual interest. Check out our best affordable garden path ideas.Add Interest with a Garden ArborThis timber garden arbor can be your place to get away for a quiet retreat or a nook to chat with friends. Get the plans here.Ozgur Coskun/ShutterstockConvenient Outdoor KitchenBring the kitchen outdoors, so you can prep meals and entertain friends and family at the same time. This outdoor kitchen features a built-in sink and grill. These 12 backyard kitchens will inspire you.Santiago Cornejo/ShutterstockEasy Indoor AccessCreating an outdoor space next to a sliding glass door, screen porch or adjacent to the kitchen makes for easy access to restrooms, air conditioning and other amenities that your guests may want to use. These 15 perfect patio designs are truly amazing.Family HandymanGather Round a Fire TableA fire table is a beautiful addition to your outdoor living space—and an invitation to gather around. It’s also a stylish centerpiece that gives you a great opportunity to showcase your DIY prowess. Click here to find out how to build it.Dimasik/ShutterstockBuilt-In Features for ConvenienceA finished look with built-in furniture, grilling space, storage and dining area can make even a small space look amazing and spacious.Krista Abel/ShutterstockHangout ZonesCreating a few separate hangout zones in the backyard provides variety for guests. This outdoor space features a hot tub, a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen and a shaded dining table—all great spots for fun activities and conversation. Plus: Check out these 10 pool safety tips to keep your family safe this summer.Raised Beds Offer Color and SeatingBuild a raised garden bed from natural rough-cut stone that blends perfectly into the landscape. Click here for the how-to instructions.abimages/ShutterstockCreate PrivacyThis ground-level deck with pergola and lattice sides makes for a quiet conversation location. Grow climbing plants along the lattice to give the space even more shade and privacy. We’ll show you how to build a latticework trellis for your porch.Cozy DIY Fire PitEnjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard. You’ll love the warmth and good company it brings to your outdoor space. Do it yourself with these how-to steps.Santiago Cornejo/ShutterstockIndoor Tech OutdoorsImagine inviting neighbors and family over to enjoy this outdoor room, which features a built-in hot tub and a wall-mounted TV. The mood lighting along the floor add to the relaxing atmosphere. Check out these awesome outdoor speaker options.Family HandymanCharming Gazebo You Can Build YourselfBesides gracing the back yard with its splendor and calming presence, a gazebo is the perfect place to entertain. One look at this beauty and you’ll be picturing it filled with family and friends, celebrating a graduation or even a backyard wedding. Click here for the plans.funkyteddy/shutterstockString Lights are a MustGrowing in popularity, outdoor string lights add illumination and charm to backyard entertaining spaces. Go with solar string lights for a low-maintenance option. Check out these 10 breathtaking outdoor lighting looks.Grill and Entertain at the Same TimeThis grillzebo is the perfect place to cook the perfect steak, rain or shine, and it makes a great outdoor bar, too. Get the plans now.imging/ShutterstockOpen-Air PorchSunlight and fresh air pour in through the large open walls of this covered porch. It feels like an indoor room with the best of the outdoors.Vine-Covered PergolaThe dappled sunlight created by the overhead latticework of this pergola creates a cool, relaxing environment perfect for backyard entertaining. Click here to learn how to build it yourself.JPL Designs/shutterstockRelaxing AmbiancePleasing sounds in your backyard can help to create a relaxing ambiance. This trickling fountain and pond provides both visual and audio interest to the outdoor space. Learn how to build a low-maintenance water feature.Photographee/ShutterstockIndoor Comforts OutdoorsAdd accents such as throw pillows, cushions, decorative bowls and blankets to your outdoor space to give it a cozy indoor feel. Try your hand at building any of these 30 outstanding one-day outdoor projects.
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