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 a sleek wood handlebar that rivals any midcentury furniture piece, an incredible self-sustainable planter, a handy new 3D sketching app for iPad, how to make a hot glue gun with found materials, a montage of the best VFX in the history of cinema and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Bel & Bel Scooter Chair


“Bel & Bel Chair is made from original parts of the legendary Italian scooter from the 80’s. Re-using the chassis we have created an original and unique model of swivel chair.”

NAUST V Boat House


“As the Norwegian coastline is considered common property, regulations are very conservative regarding size, use and appearance (of boathouse designs). Hence, the dichotomy between the regulations and new Norwegian leisure culture forces an old typology to take a new form.”




“Roger is a walkie-talkie-style app that makes it simple to keep in touch with the people you care about most, no matter where they are. It’s free and easy to use—tap to talk, tap to listen.”

Five Minute Journal


“The Five Minute Journal is the simplest, most effective way to become happier in 5 minutes a day with a simple journaling format built on proven principles of positive psychology.”


Build a Guitar Pedal (Fuzz) in Ten Minutes


“Learn how to build a simple fuzz effect for your guitar in less then 10…actually, 7 mins :)”

3D Printed Custom Keycaps


“In this project we’re 3D printing custom keycaps for mechanical keyboards. This is a mechanical keyboard with cherry mx switches. It comes with extra keys which is really nice, but there’s a lot of cool stuff you could do by 3D printing your own!”



“An ethereal flight over the ocean as mysterious colored smoke leaves its mark across the sky. A beautiful choreography between four drones simultaneously in flight and hundreds of smoke grenades.”

In Japan

“This film is a collection of audiovisual moments and memories of a 3-week railway journey through Japan in 2015. We were whizzing through the country with the Shinkansen visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Kyoto as well as lots of wonderful little places along the way, meeting the most friendly people and experiencing a culture that somehow balances its rich tradition with a very futuristic present.”

And there you have it!

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