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 an entirely new way of thinking about our smartphones, a new offering from Sony that wants to fuse light and sound experiences, a new radio app, instructions for building a geometric marble coffee table and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Sony Bluetooth Speaker + LED Light Bulb


“(We are) taking advantage of space itself to create new experiences – we aim to create a new experience by creating a fusion of light and sound.”

The Light Phone


“A credit card-sized cell phone designed to be used as little as possible. The Light Phone is your phone away from phone.”


Hitman GO


“Hitman GO is an award-winning turn-based strategy game with beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. You will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate well-guarded locations. You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included; disguises, distractions, sniper rifles and even 47’s iconic Silverballers.”



“Rdio provides over 35 million songs to discover, play, and share. “


Nerf Vulcan Sentry Gun


“In this instructable, I will show you how to modify a Nerf Vulcan to automatically aim and fire at targets. As an added bonus, this gun won’t fire at anyone wearing a shirt with the instructables robot on it. I had this project in mind for a long time and finally managed to find the time to bring it to life.”

Geometric Marble Coffee Table


“I’m always interested in introducing new materials and for a long time have wanted to add marble and slate to the list of materials that I’m comfortable working with. This project is really easy and the materials are surprisingly inexpensive. The result is a marble table with a faceted, geometric top that’s made from real stone!”


Things Don’t Fit

“In the city it can feel like nothing fits or works as it should and daily life can be a struggle to find your place.”

Squarepusher | ‘Stor Eiglass’ (YouTube 360)

YouTube video

“To mark the release of ‘Stor Eiglass’, the latest track from Squarepusher’s ‘Damogen Furies’ album, bleeding-edge artists Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF), Blue Zoo and Rob Pybus have come together to create not just a standard music video, but a virtual reality (VR) promo that can be experienced via a VR headsets, mobiles, tablets and Youtube’s new 360º platform. “

And there you have it!

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