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 sleek new home security platform from Nest, a couple of convenient ways for learning how to code on-the-go, a way to magnetically hang your skateboard at home or at the office, a new HD live stream of Earth and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


Nest Cam


“Stream securely to your phone, tablet or laptop in super clear 1080p HD. Get a 130º wide­-angle view of the room. Or zoom in and enhance for a closer look.”

‘08 Yamaha Scorpio by Thrive Motorcycles


“The result was a rough sketch that captured the perfect bike for the brief – one that could face the worst of roads without fear yet still look like a poster child for beautiful design to boot.”




“Learn how to code in Swift, funnified and wherever you are: With 200+ bite-size, interactive tutorials, getting started has never been so easy!”

Code School


“Code School is an online learning destination that helps more than one million existing and aspiring developers learn through entertaining content. Our iOS app gives the ability to view Code School’s videos for more than 40 courses on topics like JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Ruby and Rails, Git, and iOS.”


Copper Tiki Torches


“These copper tiki torches are one of my favorite outdoor DIY projects. They’re modern, clean-looking and are easy to make.”

Magnetic Skateboard Wall Hanger


“I was looking for an easy solution to hang nicely my longboards and cruisers collection. I also wanted to have to graphics side visible and a discrete hanging system. Since I often use magnets in office (it is made from a freight container), I asked myself if it was possible to hang a board vertically, with strong magnets placed on the bolts…”


Urthecast HD Live Streaming of Earth

“Perched 250 miles (400 km) above Earth’s surface are four high-definition cameras that capture video of our planet from four unique angles. You’ll see storms swirl over the oceans, watch the sun rise and set 16 times a day, and experience the blue marble as it rolls beneath the ISS.”

New Horizons

“Ready to explore Pluto? NASA’s New Horizons – the fastest spacecraft ever created – will speed past Pluto on July 14, 2015, beaming back high resolution photos (and invaluable data) of the dwarf planet’s surface for the first time in human history. “

And there you have it!

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