Well, it’s almost that miserable end of the week folks, and in addition to celebrating with four dozen mega-creme doughnuts we also found time to throw out this week’s Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff (sorry, we ate all the doughnuts)!! By the way, we love our SolidSmack readers! Have something cool you’ve come across and want to share it on SolidSmack? Don’t hide it in your neck skin! Send it on in to <ahref=”mailto:smoth@www.solidsmack.com”>smoth@www.solidsmack.com. Kick it!

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The SolidSmack Cool Tools of Doom n’ Stuff is GO. This short video features some of the coolest finds we’ve discovered on the web this week.

This week we look at:

The Square Stand – You know you’re too cool for school when you’ve graduated from an iPad dongle to a full-on Point of Sale System. The ever-popular Square card reader for iPad that took everybody from Makers to established Coffeeshops in Brooklyn by storm is no longer an awkwardly slippy card reader. The new ‘Square Stand’ is the latest piece of hardware from Square that converts your iPad into a stationary digital card-reading cash-register. No matter how you bring in the cash, it’s available in two different systems starting at $249 from Squareup.com.

BUM Stool – And speaking of buying stuff, if you’re the type of lad that prefers the ‘buy one, give one’ sales model similar to TOMS shoes and Warby Parker Eyeframes, be sure to check out the BUM Stool. Designed and made for Reclaim x2, this unique and modern portable camping stool will ensure that your bum is the most stylish bum next to the campfire. And wouldn’t you know it: all proceeds of the stool go directly to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Comes in a bit steep at $300, but it all goes to a good cause.

Google Hangouts Mobile – Google dropped the Google Bomb on us Wednesday at Google I/O. Among other things, our favorite search engine released Hangouts for iOS, enabling iPhone and iPad users to communicate on their devices while mobile. From group conversations to video controls to better management of your contacts, mobile Hangouts is bound to be a crowd-pleaser. Available in the iTunes store and Google Play for free!

Google Play All Access Music – Also from Google this week is the new Spotify/Pandora/I-Heart-Radio competitor ‘Google Play Access’. With a unique UX design, this new music subscription service from Google offers a more accurate music discovery engine than its competitors and is able to play across all of your devices. Get in early now for the price of just $8/month and re-listen to all your favorite Dolly Parton classics.

Wallet via 3D Printing – You know it’s time to change-up your wallet game when it looks like you’re carrying a brick in your back pocket. That….is absolutely correct, and with the 3D printed wallet Instructable you will be 20 pounds lighter and your back pocket will thank you. Yes, this 3D printed wallet ‘shell’ pairs with a thick rubber band to keep your cards and cash IN—in a minimal classic form. Check it out at Instructables under ‘Wallet via 3D Printing’. Great name that one.

Sugru iPhone Bumper Jig – And while you’re still in your 3D printing-nirvana mode, be sure to check out the Sugru+3D Printing precision part mold for iPhone. With this desktop manufacturing kit you can produce precision rubber bumpers for your iPhone 4/4S or 5 with a carefully crafted mold. All files are open source and free from Thingiverse.com

Vanderbilly.com -Have you been feeling the need to bust out a few licks, riffs and solos on that old guitar but don’t know where to start? Do you want to learn ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on a Sunday? Be sure to head over to VanderBilly.com. Yes this guitar-based social learning hub will get you started in everything from song-specific video lessons to customized playing-style searches. You’ll never again have to worry about NOT being able to play Sweet Child O’ Mine at your next party.

Pivot Passive iPhone Amp – And finally, once you’ve recorded your awesome solo on your smartphone, be sure to play it through the Pivot Passive iPhone Amplifier by Jim Simon. With no external power required, this cleverly carved block of hardwood mimics the soundhole of an acoustic guitar, allowing that mind-blowing rendition of Sweet Child O’Mine to blast at four times the normal volume of a plain ol’ iPhone speaker. This super-stylish handmade acoustic-driven device can be yours on Koostik.com for $75 buckaroos.

What’s on cadjunkie?
We’ll soon be releasing our SolidWorks 101 series aimed at turning new SolidWorks users into Feature Tree-Slaughtering SolidWorks Ninjas. Keep an eye out for that release and be sure to get that free membership now at cadjunkie.com.

What’s on Engineer vs Designer?
What’s on EngineerVsDesigner? Loads of cool interviews and this week we have… a man who wears many hats in the design industry from being Art Director at the New York Times to writing over 150 books on design…. Mr. Steven Heller! Listen <ahref=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/engineervsdesigner/id454034646″>on iTunes or at EngineervsDesigner.com!

Ask SolidSmack
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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.