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 radical take on wheelchair design to a new app from Google that wants to make everybody a marketing expert. Plus, never worry about your desktop garden getting enough sunlight and water ever again!

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Carbon Black System Wheelchair


“Minimal yet incredibly sophisticated, offering features never before seen in wheelchairs, Carbon Black is designed to out perform other lightweight wheelchairs on every level with aesthetics to turn heads.”



“MIITO is an innovative product that heats liquids directly in the vessel to be used, hence eliminating the heating of excess water. Simply fill your cup with water, place it onto the induction base and immerse the rod in the liquid.”




“Primer helps startups learn marketing, fast; whenever and wherever they have 5 minutes free. Designed for people who like things straight and to-the-point, Primer’s case studies and interactive quizzes teach big picture strategies that take the frustration out of marketing.”

The Sailor’s Dream


“A peaceful narrative experience, in which the only objective is to satisfy your curiosity. Explore an ocean dream world, in which time passes even when you are not there, visit forgotten islands and piece together memories – some even existing beyond the screen of your device.”


Capacitive Sensor Design


“Capacitive sensors are an elegant way to control an Arduino using the Capacitive Sensing Library.”

Automated Garden


“The last garden I planted next to my desk at work did not go so well. It suffered from a lack of sunlight as well as my hectic work schedule (i.e. lack of watering). It never managed to get quite enough sun or water. After a long mourning period had passed, I decided that the best way to improve the situation was to put the past behind me and start over with an automated garden.”


Yaybahar by Görkem Şen

“Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound.”

Chappie Official Trailer

YouTube video

“Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.”

And there you have it!

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