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 new collection of luggage made from 100% recycled aluminum that’s sure to satisfy the most seasoned of travelers, the release of a new Bluetooth speaker from Beoplay, an ingenious new app that lives in the iOS notification center, how to make your own Moleskine-style notebook and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


The Bank Collection – FPM Luggage


“A new luggage collection from designer Marc Sadler made from 100% recycled aluminum.”

Beoplay A1


“Splash and dust resistant, Beoplay A1 is designed to take its fair share of bumps and scrapes while still protecting the delicate drivers and electronics inside. The more it travels with you, the more stories it can tell.”


QuickBooks Self-Employed


“We can help you keep more of your money, whether you need receipt capture, automatic mileage tracking, or just a better view of your self-employed finances.”

Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur Widget Game


“Meet Steve, the jumping dinosaur that lives in your notification center.”


Mini Dremel Tool

YouTube video

“In this video, I am going to show how you can make a mini Dremel tool from almost any thing of naught.”

Moleskine-Style Notebook

YouTube video

“In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a Moleskine-style hardcover notebook.”


Player Two

“A young boy finds his dead father’s ‘ghost’ in an unlikely place.”

A Dog’s Life

“A dog lives a lonely life in the house of his master and tries to fill his days with all kinds of hobbies.
Hopefully, some unexpected event will take place. If not, this could turn out to be a very boring film.”

And there you have it!

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