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.

This week we saw everything from a smart dry-erase marker to a DIY project that converts an old motor oil can into an amplifier and…a VR update to the classical View-Master toy (??!!)

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:

DESIGN

Equil Smartmarker

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“Whiteboard the way you’re used to using standard dry erase markers. Capture notes in real-time, or download them later to your computer and mobile devices. Save and sync with iCloud, Dropbox and Evernote so your content travels with you.”

The New View-Master

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“Move your head. Look around. Embark on immersive 360-degree journeys exploring and learning about the world through stunning visuals.”

APPS

Urban Engines

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“The Urban Engines transit app gives you the fastest public transit route from point A to B whether online or offline, evaluating traffic, area events, and how transit routes have fared historically. It is designed to be fast, always accessible (online and offline maps, search, and routing) and personalized, providing one-touch access and navigation to your favorite locations.”

Nutshell Camera App

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“The new way to share life’s little moments, in a nutshell.
Snap three pictures. Add some captions. Choose your graphics. And let Nutshell Camera turn it all into a short cinematic story you can share with family and friends.”

DIY

Rehandle Ceramic Knives

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“The blades were fine, but the plastic handles suck (see 3rd picture). It’s not fun to have one break under pressure either (white one did that) and they don’t seem to glue in the handle any good either. That’s why I figured it’s a good idea to rehandle them properly giving them nice wooden handles.”

Motor Oil Can Guitar Amp

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“This is a small and powerful amp that can connect any guitar or musical device. I made this particular casing out of a Toyota motor oil can.”

ROCK AWESOMENESS

The Evolution of Batman in Cinema

“A journey through the evolution of Batman on the big screen and cinema as a whole. From the serials of the 1940s to the Christopher Nolan blockbusters, watch as the iconic character transforms within the different eras of filmmaking.”

Elgin Park

“Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures – delighted audiences worldwide when his photo series went viral. For the first time, the documentary Elgin Park dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work.”

And there you have it!

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