With so many cool things coming out each week, it can be hard to wade through all the rock-awesomeness. With ‘Cool Tools’, we’ve done the hard work for you.

For our second week of 2015, we saw everything from a release update on the self-lacing Nike’s as seen in Back to the Future, an iOS game that is controlled primarily by your voice…and the return of the MS-DOS Oregon Trail game?

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Nike MAG 2015 Self-Lacing Sneaker


“It was no surprise that many wanted to know about a 2015 release of the Nike MAG which was designed by Tinker Hatfield for Marty McFly to wear in Back To The Future II. No surprise at all. And, Tinker addressed the topic.”



“The Gogoro® Smartscooter™ is the world’s first high-performance, zero emissions two-wheeled electric vehicle. It is the first product to be integrated into the Gogoro® Energy Network, a battery swapping infrastructure that enables a more eicient, cleaner and flexible energy future for megacities. Both the Smartscooter and Gogoro Energy Network will begin initial rollout in 2015.”


Procreate Pocket


“Powered by the same groundbreaking 64-bit Silica engine as its big brother, Procreate Pocket is designed to take every advantage of iPhone® hardware – especially the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Sketch anywhere you are, then AirDrop your work to your iPad to continue in Procreate.”

Mayday! Deep Space


“Answer a mayday call from a lone survivor stranded on a derelict spaceship. Only you can help your survivor make it off a ship overrun by virus-infected crew members. Use 10+ voice commands to guide your friend to safety through 5 levels of increasing mayhem – all while uncovering the terrible secret behind what happened to the crew of the USS Appaloosa.”


Curate a Design Event


“Design events aren’t lectures, they’re about creating a community – here’s some tips to achieving this.”

Interactive iPad Controlled LED Wall


“Everyone wants to make giant LED displays to show their cool, geometric LED waves, or fuzzy pink Elvis art. However, in order to address a massive wall of LEDs, you have to figure out how to turn your fuzzy pink Elvis art into a string of zeros and ones which get properly buffered, shifted, and sent down a wire at the speed of electricity.”


In-Browser MS-DOS Software Library


“The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software. Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable.”

Fishing for Piranhas in Brazil

“This is how they fish piranhas in Brazil!”

And there you have it!

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