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 Ferro Fluid-based clock and a cookie cutter that doubles as a hairstyle tool to a couple of apps from Google’s new Android Experiments platform, how to shave with an axe and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:




“Ferrolic was designed from a strong fascination for the magical material Ferro Fluid. The natural dynamics of this fluid makes that this display bridges the gap between everyday digital screens and tangible reality…”

Hairdo Cookie Cutter


“Nibble the biscuit to style Sam’s hairdo…”


Time Mesh


“Time Mesh is a motion-based Android watch face…”



“Landmarker is an experimental compass to explore landmarks around you…”


Succulent Planter


“Succulents are great low maintenance, indoor plants that can be used to add life to any room. This DIY planter looks great as a centerpiece on a table or can be wall mounted with a couple of L-brackets…”

How to Shave With an Axe


“Having never shaved with a straight razor before I decided if I was going to learn to shave with a single blade I was going to start in the deep end and learn with an axe. Go big, or go home. So, I sharpened a small felling axe to a razor’s edge and then used to shave my face…”


The Garden

“After learning that the sun is dying, a group of explorers set out into deep space in search of a new home for humanity…”

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight Official Trailer


“While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man (Walton Goggins) who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. There, they encounter four strangers, and soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all…”

And there you have it!

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