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 pocket-sized synthesizer to a vacuum-sealing carry-on bag and a beautiful new app from Moleskin to how to make an attractive conference table on the cheap and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Pocket Operators


“This new line of musical instruments is called Pocket Operators and consists of three pocket sized synthesizers.”



“A carry-on duffel bag with a killer feature; a vacuum compression system that can compact your soft gear for any adventure.”


Moleskine Timepage


“The most elegant calendar for your pocket and wrist, Timepage is a calendar designed to make every day more enjoyable. All your calendars in one place, seamlessly integrated with weather forecasts, maps and contacts.”

Tempo Video Editor


“Get creative with the tempo of your videos by slowing them down and speeding them up while they play in real time. Explore the dimension of time in your videos with Tempo, the latest app for video creativity by Fly Labs.”


Railway Iron Anvil


“Even if it’s practical application is limited it was still fun to make, and at worst I can dismantle it and I will have a couple of attractive doorstops!!”

Conference Table


“I was comissioned to made this conference table for a startup called Yoshirt. I used angle irons to bind 2x6s into a sturdy solid wood tabletop, folding metal sawhorses as legs and wired 4 extension cords to the underside for charging stations. Building furniture for startups is a lot of fun. The energy level and optimism is high and their needs are constantly changing as they explore their potential. This table is great for meetings, but could also be used as a workstation or breakroom lunch table.”


Snowboarding in the Clouds


“No snow? No problem. We decided to snowboard in the clouds. “

Taking the Plunge

“When a young man’s ideal marriage proposal is put in jeopardy he is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans…”

And there you have it!

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