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 how to create your own cushions for a converted camping van, how to create a box sofa from scratch, a space man-inspired tea infuser, the first official trailer for the upcoming Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs movie and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:

DESIGN

Space Capsule Tea Infuser

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“Landing in the middle of the ocean generally isn’t good news. That is, unless you’re an astronaut. The Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules all used the splashdown methodology to get back to Earth. The water eliminates the need for a braking rocket, but we imagine it still hurts like the worst bellyflop ever when you hit the surface of the ocean, even with a parachute…”

Wave Cabinet

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“The Wave cabinet opens with true delicacy and beauty; each individual slat pulls along the following much like a paper fan. With multiple configurations which allow for various options of aperture, the artist has re-engineered the familiar process of opening and closing, into rotating and undulating adaptations…”

APPS

Byte

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“The latest content creation app from the creator of Vine.”

Pushbullet

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“Your messages, photos, songs, and links live in many places. They live on your phone, tablet, computer, and all the other devices that are a part of your life. Sometimes they come from friends, and sometimes from people you follow. Pushbullet is a place where they can all come together and be easily accessible…”

DIY

Box Sofa

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“Your sofa is probably one of the most expensive pieces of furniture you own. This wood framed sofa is simple and durable with a timeless style. It can be built around almost any sofa cushions you might have or even a single mattress if you want it to double as a daybed. I salvaged some cushions from an IKEA sofa whose frame had broken. Pile pillows along the sturdy, solid-wood sides and back makes this a perfect daybed for a couple to lounge on…”

Sew Cushions for a Converted Camper Van

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“I am an industrial designer and design researcher and my boyfriend is a landscape architect with some knowledge in wood working. I learned how to sew from my mom Louise and my grandma Lucia, since I was a kid. We see this project as an experiment and as a wonderful place to try out some ideas about design, materials and fabrication.”

ROCK AWESOMENESS

Curt

“CURT is a short documentary about 50-year-old competitive surfer, Curt Harper. Diagnosed with autism as a child, Curt faced many challenges growing up, but one thing that came easy was his love for surfing. Over the past 21 years, Curt has become a beloved fixture in the Southern California surf scene, having played an unlikely, yet vital role in the growth and development of multiple generations of groms.”

Steve Jobs | Official Trailer

“Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.”

And there you have it!

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