Meet Sunflower, an $8,000 robotic umbrella that moves with the sun, plays music, and even works as a security camera

LAS VEGAS — Beach umbrellas have now officially gone high-tech.

At the CES trade show here on Tuesday, a startup called Shadecraft unveiled Sunflower, a robotic “sun shade.” Sunflower is solar-powered and tracks the sun, adjusting its position to keep you shaded at all times.

But Shadecraft is billing Sunflower as a whole lot more than a fancy beach umbrella. It can connect to your home network via Wi-Fi and allow you to interact with your smart-home devices using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can listen to music via its built-in Harmon Kardon speakers, and it can help monitor your house with the camera that’s built into its pole.

Sunflower smart shade

It can also charge your phone and can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot when you’re at the beach, if you activate its cellular service.

Here’s Sunflower in action:

Sunflower is available for presale beginning Tuesday and will cost $5,220 until January 15. After that, the device will cost around $8,000.

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