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 pocket-sized espresso maker to one of the most complex popsicle stick models we’ve ever seen and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:




“Whether you plan to go hiking, camping, boating, or stay in a hotel, Minipresso’s compactness makes it the ideal espresso machine to slide into your bag or backpack.”

Sa™: The Umbrella Reimagined


“An innovative geometric umbrella that reimagines structure, form, and aesthetics, with improved efficiency and recyclability.”




“Forget packaging and waiting in lines. Shyp picks up your items, packs, and sends them anywhere in the world using the lowest cost, most reliable option.”

Two Dots


“Join two brave dots as they traverse arctic tundras, navigate fiery jungles, and plunge the ocean depths. Sharpen your skills across 135 challenging levels while uncovering many exciting new features along the way.”


Phaser Guitar Pedal


“A phaser guitar pedal is a guitar effect that splits a signal, send one path through the circuit cleanly and shifts the phase of the second. The two signals are then mixed back together and when out of phase, cancel each other out. This creates a sound somewhat akin to a flanger or an auto-wah.”

Imperial Shuttle Popsicle Stick Model


“Hello everyone! Here’s an instructable that pushes the size limits possible for a popsicle stick model – A Lambda-class Imperial Shuttle from the Star Wars Saga.”




“Carrot is designed with you in mind. It’s a seamless experience, meticulously crafted, from beginning to end.
It’s not just a vegetable. It’s what a vegetable should be.”

The Great Martian War

“Archive recreation for The Great Martian War documentary by impossible factual for History Canada.”

And there you have it!

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