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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:

DESIGN
XBox ONE Revealed – Big news from Microsoft this week. The XBOX ONE has been revealed to the masses with a slew of new features, including a completely redesigned Kinect. The new 3D scanning device features numerous new recognition inputs, capturing your face, skeletal frame, movement speed, and weight transfer… all captured and displayed in 1080p. Start saving Smoth…the XBox One and Kinect will be available later this year.

Manual Coffeemaker – Been looking for new ways to brew and enjoy your coffee? Coffee? The Manual Coffeemaker by Craighton Berman slows down the brew process with a clear glass, single cup pour over device. The pouring funnel is double-walled for heat retention and drips more slowly than most pour-overs, allowing for a more concentrated brew. Keep an eye out for it on Kickstarter soon.

APPS
Limelight Movie App – Nearly everybody has a list of some sort of their favorite movies, even if they can’t quite place Number One. With the new Limelight app you can archive and share all your favorite Wes Anderson movies with your fellow movie buff friends. Yes, with ability to organize, socialize, and track what your friends have been watching, talking about movies has never been easier. Available on iTunes for $2.

Flickr Redesign – Flickr has ended it’s age-old site design this week with a newly-updated redesign that puts all your photos front-and-center. They are also offering a huge 1TB of space for free, which if you took a photo every hour of every day, would take 65.5 years to fill that space. They have also updated their iOS app to reflect the redesign and are also offering that app for Android. Check those out for free on Flickr.com.

DIY
Concrete iPad Stand – Are you a fan of minimalist concrete designs? I bathe in concrete! Are you looking for a stylish place to stash that iPad while glancing over a recipe in the kitchen? Yes. Well look no further folks: the DIY Concrete iPad stand utilizes a run-of-the-mill plastic popcorn container as a mold with the option to use any material as a shelf. Check it out on Instructables.com under Concrete iPad Stand.

Duct Tape and Tarp Kayak – And if making a concrete iPad stand doesn’t itch your Inner Maker for the week, consider this Duct Tape and Tarp Kayak project. Featuring a PVC pipe frame and water cooler bottle outriggers, this kayak project puts you in the lake for pennies on the dollar. Also on Instructables under Duct Tape and Tarp Kayak.

ROCK AWESOMENESS
Zombie Combat Club-Have you watched too many zombie movies and feel the need to learn tactical zombie combat? Yes, we all have, and ZombieCombatClub.com is your one-stop source for everything you need to know about a hostile zombie takeover. Featuring zombie anatomy, fitness conditioning, weapons, techniques, and combat reports, you’ll never again have to worry about hiding out in a shopping mall eating stale Orange Julius hot dogs for 4 months.

The Return of Arrested Development – And finally, one of the best shows of all time..Arrested Development returns with a new season on Netflix this Saturday. For all the Bluth Family fans out there, life just got a little better as 15 episodes will be released all at once at midnight this Saturday. Get your frozen bananas ready ahead of time and check them out at Netflix.com.

What’s on cadjunkie?
We’ve been getting a lot of great feedback on our Subwoofer design series and have been focusing on getting our members good to go with that. We’re also un-rollling our 101 series here shortly so keep an eye out for that. 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 on iTunes or at EngineervsDesigner.com!

Ask SolidSmack
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Author

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.