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 levitating plants, a new way to kickstart your design process, how to make your first cutting board (or hoverboard), behind the creative process of artists Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:




“LYFE is a zero-gravity growing system allowing you to cultivate your favorite plants in mid-air.”



“Triggers is a tool for creative agencies and freelancers that makes the ideation process easier, faster and more effective.”




“Frame.io allows you to upload all your source media, work in progress clips, and assets into private workspaces where you can invite your team and clients to collaborate. We replace the hodgepodge of Dropbox for file sharing, Vimeo for video review, and Email for communication, but that’s just a start. Now you can take Frame.io with you wherever you go.”

Sky Guide


“Whether you’re looking for the constellation Virgo, the Andromeda Galaxy or Mars, Sky Guide will satisfy your curiosity. You can search for thousands of celestial sights and be guided exactly where to see them in the sky above you. Just follow the arrow.”


Build Your First Cutting Board

“Cutting boards are a great project to get familiar with woodworking and new tools. Not to mention, they’re one of the easiest projects to sell. Today, I’m going to show you all you need to know to build your first cutting board with some cool tricks and tips along the way.”

How to Make a Hoverboard at Home

“Learn how to make a hoverboard using 12 V DC motor (300 RPM) and small wheel. It’s very simple homemade hoverboard.”


Sleepy Steve

“A fuzzy bachelor has engineered his wacky morning routine with robotic precision.”

Nix + Gerber

“An observation of art, partnership, and the creative process — seen through the lens of post-apocalyptic dioramas.”

And there you have it!

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