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 what Quirky’s been up to with their smart product developments, a new way to think about portable light, an update to the popular Todoist app, a cross-bladed axe and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:

DESIGN

Poppy Smart Products

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“We make smart, beautifully designed products that think for you. They’re not just connected—they’re truly thoughtful. They anticipate your needs and make intelligent decisions to keep your family happy and healthy.”

Hue Go by Phillips

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“Light spaces in new, creative ways and still enjoy all the features of Philips Hue. Simply detach Hue Go from the mains, and it becomes a portable light you can carry in and around your home. Play with light your way, limited only by your imagination.”

APPS

Circa

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“Circa helps you keep time across multiple locations and time zones. Find the best times to connect and quickly create meeting invitations that work for everyone. Stop wondering when your colleagues are available and start using Circa.”

Todoist

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“Join the 3 million+ people around the world who are accomplishing amazing things with Todoist – the beautifully simple to-do list built for the pace of modern life. Whether you need to collaborate with your team, keep track of your most important projects, or just remember to pay the rent, Todoist is there to help you achieve more every day.”

DIY

Geometric Doghouse

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“Despite its faceted, angular appearance, this modern doghouse is quite easy to construct.”

Cross-Bladed Axe

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“The axe is one of the oldest tools known to man, and we still use it heavily today. One of the main uses for the axe is to split fire wood. A traditional axe typically splits wood only into two pieces at a single time. So here is a modification I did to a traditional axe in order to achieve multiple splits of wood in a single swing. I wasn’t sure if I should call it a cross bladed axe or a crossed blade axe or somewhere in between.”

ROCK AWESOMENESS

First-Ever Ultra HD Phantom Flex4k Drone Footage

“What does 1000 frames per second at 4K resolution translate to? Stunningly high-quality slow motion footage. Until now the images captured by the Phantom Flex 4K have been limited by the camera’s weight. Simply put: It’s too heavy for most drones to carry.”

Product Design: How to Launch Successful Products

An Online Skillshare Class by Joey Roth

“Have an idea for a product you’d like to bring to life? Let’s make it happen. Your assignment is create a landing page that can successfully launch your product. Your goal is to create a narrative and a hierarchy of information that will allow someone who has never encountered your product — and has no access to the process you went through creating it — to quickly understand it and then want it.”

And there you have it!

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