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 a new custom BMW motorcycle from Ken’s Factory in Japan, a wild modular smartphone case, a $20 3D Printed DSLR Slider, the latest Mad Max | Fury Road trailer and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Ken’s Factory Special – Custom BMW Motorcycle


“At first I had a bagger style in mind that grew out of the tourer image. but simply transforming a tourer into a bagger was a bit too obvious a choice. So I thought of a different approach; I settled on the digger style. The long, thin digger style would make the in-line six-cylinder engine look even more prominent.”

nexpaq | modular smartphone case


“A smartphone case that puts you in control. Supercharge your phone with add-on memory, battery capacity, an amplified speaker, and more”


Shift 2.0


“Shift 2.0 allows the user to create thousands of custom photo filters by combining textures, color overlays, and blends to produce stylish effects like grain, vintage, light leaks, and high contrast black and whites. Completely redone from the ground up, Shift 2.0 gives the user full control over each element of the photo filter to achieve beautiful and unique finish to one’s photos.”



“HISTORY Here is an interactive, location-based guide to thousands of historic locations across the United States, brought to you by HISTORY®. Use the app to learn the history around your neighborhood, when you visit someplace new or if you’re just feeling curious while sitting on the couch! Set the app to notify when you’re close to historical points of interest and you’ll uncover the hidden history that’s all around us.”


3D Printed DSLR Slider


“Let’s create something useful for making videos and time lapses.”

Cargo Race Bike


“I built this cargoracebike as a preparation for a trip to copenhagen in the summer of 2015…”


BASE Jumping Off of the World’s Second-Highest Residential Building

YouTube video

“What sounds like a nightmare for most is still a dream for others; to BASE jump off the world’s second highest residential structure with the most qualified athletes in the world.”

Mad Max: Fury Road Official Retaliate Trailer

YouTube video

“A apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and most everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland.”

And there you have it!

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