Brought to you this week by Paul Bunyan’s bunions, 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!
How to Watch/Listen
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:
OD-11 Cloud Speakers – If anything and everything that has to do with ‘The Cloud’ powers your things, then the OD-11 is the cloud-based speaker system for you. This nifty little box from Teenage Engineering features a built-in computer, a 100-watt amplifier, AND a wireless stereo all in one sleek-designed minamlist box. A bit pricey at $899 but certainly worth considering if streaming music directly from the Cloud is your favorite way to listen. Check out more at TeenageEngineering.com.
Adobe Ink and Slide – Adobe has finally released their first hardware product aimed at helping tablet doodlers unleash their inner-Da Vinci. The Adobe Ink and Slide is a tablet stylus set that features both an ergonomically-considered stylus as well as a ‘Smart Guide Tool’ for creating perfect straight lines, circles, curves, and more. Price is a bit steep for a stylus at $199 but if you take iPad art seriously, it might be worth looking into. Check it out on Adobe.com.
Adobe Photoshop Mix – Speaking of those crazy cats over at Adobe, the digital tool masters have also just released a new iPad photo-editing app called Photoshop Mix. Designed to be used along with the aforementioned Ink and Slide, this new app brings even more Photoshop features to iPad with the option to slice and blend multiple images. That’s free on iTunes.
Printeer – Kids these days just have it too dang good. The Printeer aims to make 3D printing as easy as possible for the littlest of Kid Makers with a super-simple CAD app and kid-friendly 3D printer. While professionals with resolution demands certainly won’t be using one anytime soon, the Printeer looks to be like the perfect equivalent of finger-painting in a 3D printing world via the Printeer app. Get the app AND the printer over on Kickstarter for $549.
Paper Casting Molds – Paper. What can’t it do? Instructables user ‘KRUMMEY’ has supplied us with yet another purpose for the good stuff with his ‘Casting Molds with Paper’ project. Using carefully folded paper patterns and a rotational-molding technique, ‘KRUMMEY’ shows how to cast everything from Acrystal resin to Cement into whatever form you desire. Check out more at Instructables.com.
Giant Slip n’ Slide – And wouldn’t you know it? It’s starting to feel a heck-of-a-lot like summer outside and what better way to cool off than with a Giant Slip n’ Slide? Using plain ol’ plastic sheeting , pool noodles and velcro, you can claim the title as the coolest person in your neighborhood with this simple project. Makezine.com shows ya how.
‘Decent’ Space Coffee – While it’s hard for us earthlings to imagine, astronauts have a difficult time enjoying a decent cup of joe in space. Coffee brand Lavazza has just teamed up with the Italian Space Agency and space food company Argotec to create an espresso machine suitable for astronauts in space. Featuring a re-engineered coffee pod and pressurized water system, the new coffee maker will ensure that astronauts can enjoy the cafe experience up on the International Space Station. Get caffeinated at Argotec.it.
Grass Hammock – Finally, what could be better than a summer day spent on the hammock with a tall glass of lemonade and a stack of books? Uhhh…. a hammock made of grass?! YES! You are right Smoth! The Field Hammock from Studio Toer is made from synthetic grass that is both UV and water-resistant. If summertime naps in the shade are what you live for, check it out at StudioToer.com.
And there you have it!
Send your cool tool finds to email@example.com, sign up for our newsletter there in the sidebar or ask us a question in the comments or via email about diy, design, tech or anything else. Smoth would love to help.