It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a…. mobile shade machine? A Wisconsin farmer unveiled his innovative break-through in cattle cooling last week. It looks like something out of the future, or a piece of technology that belongs only behind the doors of NASA’s engineering department.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a mobile shade machine?

The large, saucer shaped contraption is a portable shadow caster developed by Vince Hundt, a Coon Valley beef farmer. He didn’t enjoy watching his cattle suffer through sweltering temperatures so he and a few recent Marquette graduates got together and came up with their version of a solution.

According to Journal Sentinel Online, the shade machine sets up in minutes and has a canopy, made from polyethylene cloth, large enough to provide shade for about 50 cattle.

The material is mostly solid with 20 percent of its surface area perforated, allowing it to absorb heat from the sun, in order to create a “chimney effect” that provides a breeze underneath the canopy.

Hundt says the canopy can cool the air underneath by as much as 20 degrees.

Although the canopy was created for cattle, Hundt plans on implementing the idea into urban areas like tailgates, outdoor wedding and graduation parties.

For more information on the innovation, see Hundt’s website Shade Haven.

Source: Journal Sentinel Online