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 two sleek new camera offerings for the pro-am photographer, an easier way to shoot and edit video on the iPhone, how to build the ultimate grilling cart and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Leica Q Camera


“The Leica maxim ‘focusing on the essentials’ also applies to the Leica Q’s exterior design. Made in Germany, the high quality materials and outstanding craftmanship guarantee maximum durability. The top cover is milled from a solid aluminium block, while the housing is finished in magnesium and all labels and markings on the adjustment wheels are laser engraved. The thumb rest on the back of the camera and the diamond pattern of the exterior finish make the Leica Q beautifully easy to grip.”

Sony α7R II Camera


“The α7R II is the toughest, most durable α camera ever made, solidly engineered for action under all conditions, even with large lenses attached. It’s also designed with sophistication, integrating advanced functions that seamlessly complement the image sensor’s extraordinary 42.4-megapixel high resolution.”


Vee for Video


“Vee brings together shooting and editing, making it easy to capture and share life’s moments. Finally shooting video doesn’t mean a cluttered camera roll and a weekend lost to editing. You add clips to your video and work with them using simple, intuitive controls. You can work on multiple videos at once, and save to your camera roll or share it with the world when you’re ready.”



“Simple, instant mobile meetings. Join meetings in seconds from your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or the iPod Touch. No registration or cost. “


Mobile Grill Station


“My friends at The Home Depot asked me to design a grill station project for their DIY Workshop program. This grill cart station is an outdoor kitchen island and is made from 2x4s, 2x8s and angle irons.”

3D Printable Walking Machine


“The design of this toy was inspired by Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest creatures, and combines 3D printing with some standard hardware to put the beauty of Jansen’s walking mechanism in your hands.”


Jurassic Park – 8 Bit Cinema

YouTube video

“We’re guessing the excitement for Jurassic World has gotten you nostalgic for the original Jurassic Park, right? Why not also indulge your nostalgia for old-school video games at the same time? Jurassic Park was on the cutting edge of CGI back in 1993… we give the dinosaurs a treatment that’s a little less ahead of its time.”

Spinning Daggers

“A series of small wooden zoetrope sculptures composed next to trees during autumn. The sculptures consist of 18 instances – their form is in the shape of different sine and triangle waves modulating over 18 frames.”

And there you have it!

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