Brought to you this week by a mutant Koala bear with vodka tentacles and a guacamole hat, be sure to check out the all new episode of Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff! By the way, we love our SolidSmack readers! Have something cool you’ve come across and want to share it on SolidSmack? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Kick it!
The SolidSmack Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff is GO. This short video features some of the coolest finds we’ve discovered on the web this week.
This week we look at:
Vipukirves – The Vipukirves (also known as the LeverAxe) is a physics-exploiting axe that aims to cut your wood-splitting time in half. You don’t say! Created by Finnish inventor Heikki Kärnä, this unique axe design features a blade on one end and a lever on the other…effectively splitting logs twice as fast. It’s a bit pricey at $280 but with the time saved, you’ll have more time to enjoy that bonfire. Check it out at Vipukirves.fi.
Lytro Illum – Don’t know a dang thing about Depth of Field? The Illum from Lytro is the first high-end camera that introduces Power of Light field. Is that a Sherra reference? PRINCESS OF POWER, YEAH! — the Light field captures the direction, color and brightness of the rays of light within a frame. The data can then be used to explore your photographs from different focal points, perspectives and directions later on. Super-cool and shipping in August for an introductory price of $1,499. Check it out over at Lytro.com.
Union – Union is the new app from photo app developer Pixite. I’m pixited. This powerful little iPhone app allows you to remove the background or blend multiple photographs into a single work of art. Perfect for all you Instagram junkies out there looking to do something different. Check it out on iTunes for $1.99.
Fenix for Twitter – Fenix for Twitter is the new Android app that promises a better Twitter experience. Featuring ultra-smooth performance and a sleek UI, this is the perfect app for all you frantic Twitter-folks who want to step up their Tweet game. Check it out over at Google Play for $2.49.
Wooden French Curves – French Curves. Can’t live with them, can’t live without ‘em. Fortunately for us, Instrucables user WorkIsLove has provided us with a ‘Wooden French Curve’ project that uses an Illustrator template as a guide to put that iconic shape on your favorite variety of wood. With just a scroll saw, a little bit of sandpaper and love, replace that dinky plastic French Curve on your desk with something a little nicer. Check it out over at Instructables.
Altoid Survival Kit – Well, it’s camping season again and what’s the most important thing you shouldn’t leave home without? Ummmm…marshmallows? Close Smoth, but a survival kit just might come in handy when you least expect it. This DIY Altoids Survival Kit project gives you a quick rundown on creating your own pocket-sized survival kit using items found around your house. Check it out over on Instructables as well.
Senti8 Bracelet – While few of us have ever been in space…yet…the Senti8 is a product that we will most definitely want to take with us when we do. This unique product was the recent winner of the 2014 NASA Space Apps Challenge and allows astronauts to experience smells that exist on earth via a bracelet. Featuring smells ranging from Pizza to Pine trees, you won’t want to leave Earth without it! Check out more at Senti8.com.
Anti-Squirt Ketchup Bottle Cap – And finally, high school students Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson have created a 3D-Printed solution to one of mankinds greatest annoyances: the liquid squirt that comes out of ketchup squeeze-bottles. Designed in SolidWorks, this simple ‘mushroom-shaped’ device screws into the inside of existing ketchup bottle caps and keeps your pre-squirt juices at bay. Check out more on YouTube.
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