In Japan (surprise, surprise) there is now an umbrella with a twisty handle that can be wrapped around your shoulder for hands-free operation.
This would actually be useful to me…. on wet and windy New York days like today it is a real pain in the -bleep- to walk the dog, holding a leash in one hand and both an umbrella and a poop bag in the other hand.
Oh, and on the popgadget page linked below, am I the only one that thinks it is dangerous wrapping an umbrella around the shoulders of a small lightweight child on a windy day???