Lightseeker Umbrella Q&A

LightSeeker Umbrella Q&A

 

Heart-filled appreciation to all Sky friends for joining our journey. After months of development, the Lightseeker Umbrella is finally here. The Lightseeker Umbrella is designed in the hope of following you in both worlds and accompanying you through all seasons. We hope to take this opportunity to respond to some frequently asked questions and reveal a few designer insights into the Lightseeker Umbrella.

 

 

lazhu

Does the Lightseeker Umbrella look the same as in-game?

Yes. We drew many references from the in-game umbrella to recreate the twelve-bone frame, the canopy, the shaft, the cap, and the beads on the tip. The umbrella beads are also customized and hand-stitched for durability. Our designers meticulously designed the orientation of the handle so that when you hold the umbrella in the same direction as in Sky, the pattern on the canopy matches the in-game design. In our best effort to keep the original frame, color, and design of the in-game prop, we customized each umbrella part and repeatedly optimized materials, colors, and the overall effects throughout our developmental process. This final version of the Lightseeker Umbrella bears the closest resemblance to the in-game design.

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lazhu

In the previous email update, it was mentioned that there was an upgrade and material change for the Lightseeker umbrella. What exactly are they? Why were these changes made?

The Lightseeker Umbrella went through several upgrades to better resemble the design of the in-game prop. During the design process, multiple attempts were made to color stain the North American Maple Wood into the Lightseeker Umbrella’s blue shade, but the result was not ideal. Due to its undesired color and limited wind resistance, we disregarded the original material in searching for one of higher durability.

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We tried various materials and found the custom blue transparent acrylic to be the best option. Through special process handling, we were able to give the handle its gradient blue color effect. The frame and the shaft are custom-made blue fiberglass and blue aluminum. They have excellent wind resistance and have passed Beaufort scale Level 6 wind resistance test. In addition, we have added a custom blue gradient effect to the double-layer umbrella fabric lining to ensure that the umbrella's UV protection factor (UPF) is ≥99%. The Sky logo is customized using an embroidery process to highlight the uniqueness of the umbrella. We also added an unique waterproof NFC enabled STAR feature.

 

lazhu

What is the Lightseeker Umbrella's STAR feature?

For a limited duration, the Lightseeker Umbrella’s STAR feature portrays the memory of the Lightseeker Umbrella while holding hands with friends.

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lazhu

Will the STAR feature malfunction due to the daily use of the umbrella?

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No. The canopy of the Lightseeker Umbrella is water repellent. It does not accumulate water after soaking in rain and can be shaken dry. In addition, a special waterproof NFC chip is made to ensure its durability.

 

lazhu

Why is the STAR feature of the Lightseeker Umbrella designed on the umbrella strap?

There are two main reasons why the STAR is designed on the umbrella strap. Firstly, the STAR feature is designed to be integrated with the umbrella as its memory, and it can accompany you for a long time. Secondly, the uniqueness of STAR makes each umbrella precious and not replicable.

 

lazhu

Would the Lightseeker Umbrella change color when exposed to water?

Yes, the Sky logo on the umbrella cover changes color when exposed to water. Previously, this design was on the umbrella canopy. However, during design stage the color-changing coating was prone to wear and tear during the testing stage. To protect the long-term collectability and aesthetic of the umbrella, the color-changing Sky logo was moved to the umbrella cover.

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lazhu

Why was the Lightseeker Umbrella designed as a manual umbrella?

Safety was one of the most important factors to the design of the Lightseeker Umbrella. Due to the umbrella's large size and hard acrylic beads, it was not safe to use the automatic umbrella mechanism as it produces a high impact when opens and has high requirements for the user's surrounding space. Thus, we chose a manual mechanism for safety purposes.

 

lazhu

What is the Lightseeker Umbrella size?

The Lightseeker Umbrella size is 850 mm (85 cm) in overall length and 1025 mm (102.5 cm) in diameter when unfolded. Manual measurement may have a slight 10-20 mm (1-2 cm) discrepancy.

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lazhu

Why does the Lightseeker Umbrella have a long production cycle?

To stay true to the umbrella in Sky while ensuring its practicality, we spent a lot of effort in designing and selecting the materials. Safety was also a top priority for us. All details were put together with every aspect mentioned above in mind. The design, development, iteration, and final production cycle of the Lightseeker Umbrella were therefore extended.

 

 

Every Sky friend's memory of the Lightseeker Umbrella is filled with countless warm experiences and genuine friendships. It has always been everyone's dream to bring it to real life. Now that the umbrella has traveled across dimensions to you to extend Sky's memories.

Thank you again for your continuous love and support for Sky! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.