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 This invention relates generally to shading apparatus and more particularly to free standing umbrellas.
 The date of the first umbrella is not known, but as long ago as 1786, Barbeu du Bourg translated the writings of Benjamin Franklin into French and then came up with the lightning-conductor umbrella. Since then, there have been a never ending progression of changes to the fundamental umbrella, including the use of alpaca covering (1848), the curved-steel rib frame (1874), and more recently the telescopic umbrella (1930).
 Through all of this though, the umbrella's basic concept has been constant.
 Unfortunately, all too often the umbrella's use (or alternatively it's non-use) is not foreseen. As example, in the case of an outdoor umbrella, the umbrella's main function is to provide shade. The user often forgets that the umbrella is “open” and simply retires to the house, only to have the umbrella toppled by a wind later.
 There is a need for an umbrella that is easy to use and deploy.
 The invention is an umbrella combination in which a stand includes an electric motor and a power source. In this context, the umbrella of the present invention relates to a free standing umbrella, typically a beach, pool, or other type of outdoor umbrella.
 The stand is weighted to keep the umbrella from falling during a breeze. An electric motor is contained with the stand (usually at the bottom of the stand to provide additional stabilizing weight to the stand).
 A power source is used to energize the motor. This power source is ideally a battery (also contained within the stand). The use of a battery permits the stand and umbrella combination to be easily moved to meet the needs of the specific moment.
 An alternative power source is common household electrical current. This current is communicated to the motor through an electrical line which plugs into the house's electrical socket. If household electrical current is used, then a protective covering is provided for the electrical line to prevent it from becoming frayed.
 Through the use of a switch, the electric motor is selectively operated in two different directions. With the electric motor connected to the umbrella, the electric motor is able to selectively move the umbrella from an open to a closed position (and vice versa). One such switch is a three way switch with a resting position that is open (non-conducting). The two closed positions pass the current through the electric motor in opposing directions, thereby obtaining opposing directional movement by the electric motor and by extension the movement of the umbrella.
 Mechanical connection of the electric motor to the umbrella is obtained through a variety of mechanisms obvious to those of ordinary skill in the art, including, but not limited to: cables and gearing mechanisms.
 In the preferred embodiment, a radio receiver is incorporated into the stand. The radio receiver is responsive to radio waves coming from a hand-held transmitter. In response to these radio waves, the radio receiver operates the electric motor to either raise or lower the umbrella.
 In this manner, a user is able to control the umbrella from a distance. This embodiment is particularly useful where the user wants to lower an umbrella after a day's activities after retiring to the house.
 As noted earlier, in one embodiment of the invention, the power source is a battery. To maintain the battery's charge, solar panels are included in some embodiments. These solar panels permit the battery to maintain its charge without extra work on the part of the user.
 The invention, together with various embodiments thereof, will be more fully explained by the accompanying drawings and the following description thereof.
 Within stand
 In this manner, the user is able to operate switch
 In this embodiment of the invention, hand-held transmitter
 This embodiment is particularly useful for resorts, allowing the staff to remotely open the outdoor umbrellas without having to open each one individually. In this application, a resort, the coding of hand-held transmitter
 This embodiment is also useful in lowering an umbrella after everyone has retired to the house and forgotten to lower the umbrella; thereby saving the home-owner the effort of traveling back to the umbrella.
 In these illustrations, umbrella
 Contained within base
 Rotation of motor
 This embodiment provides for affirmative powered movement of the umbrella as this embodiment does not rely upon gravity.
 This embodiment is particularly useful for resorts and beach front restaurants.
 This safety feature is designed to keep the motor from moving the umbrella too far in either direction. While
 In like manner, sensor
 In this fashion, slide
 Open/closed sensor
 In this kit embodiment of the invention, the existing pole for the umbrella is separated into section
 Kit section
 Kit section
 Operation of electric motor
 Kit section
 In application of this kit, the user obtains the kit having kit section
 It is clear the present invention provides for a highly improved free standing umbrella.