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 nearly-crash proof video drone for filming your epic water balloon fights to a new type of rabbit-inspired joinery and more.

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Carbon Flyer


“The Carbon Flyer is the world’s first all carbon fiber personal drone, controlled by Bluetooth, with an onboard video camera. Its highly durable construction surpasses every other remotely controlled plane, easily surviving the inevitable crashes.”

Rabbit Joint Chair


“Harc and I call it a ‘rabbit joint’ chair. Because it has six rabbit joints.”


Google for iPhone


“The best of Google in one app. Say “Ok Google” and find everything from nearby restaurants to the calories in cheesecake. Google also shows you the info you need before you ask, like updates on your favorite teams and traffic alerts.”



“There’s absolutely nothing special about these icons and that’s why we love them. Unassuming and plain, these circular icons will lightly float above your home screen.”


Log End Table


“I’ve often watched logs burning in a fireplace and wondered what the wood could have become. I purchased these logs for $2 a piece from a guy selling firewood on Craigslist. He claimed they are white oak. By stripping off the bark and sanding the log smooth, I created a nice piece that could be used as a stool or as a side table.”

3D Printed Record


“In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing technology, I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records and printed a few functional prototypes that play on ordinary record players.”


ACCELERATE: Be the Tortoise Not the Hare

“…Be the Tortoise. Not the Hare…”

New Inside Out Trailer

“In Pixar’s original movie “Inside Out,” Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.”

And there you have it!

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