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 the introduction of virtual reality app from the New York Times, the latest wood project from Love Hultén, how to create light ‘paintings’ with your CNC, NASA’s astronaut recruitment video and more…

Ready? Let’s go!

This week we look at:


The Golden Apple


“The Macintosh 128K, originally released as the Apple Macintosh, was the first personal computer released by Apple. The Golden Apple is a luxurious one-off-a-kind replica and a tribute to the 128k. It’s handmade from American walnut instead of molded from plastics, but the dimensions are kept unaltered…”

The New Order by Blank William


“From New York-based designer Blank William, a mashup of animal sculptures and Star Wars costumes…”


VRSE Virtual Reality


“Experience the best cinematic virtual reality content. Fully immerse yourself in 3D and full screen 360 curated video content, with dynamically changing directional binaural sound. Viewable with or without Google Cardboard…”



“Through virtual reality, The New York Times puts you at the center of the stories that only we can tell: incredible stories reported by award-winning journalists, all told in an immersive, 360-degree video experience…”


Room Divider


“Open-plan apartments are rising in popularity and, while it’s great to have the feeling of openness, it’s nice to keep a semblance of privacy. In this design, the divider can be as simple or as ornate as you wish it to be. You can add or subtract panels if need be. The height and width can also be changed depending on your space. This project is beginners level for building and for sewing…”

CNC Light Painting


“The basic premise, as you probably know involves taking a long exposure picture and moving a light source. Here I wanted to do a 3D light drawing that you could see from many angles…”


Skate Vision

“Part variety show, part skate video, and part something completely different…”

NASA’s Astronaut Recruitment Video

YouTube video

“NASA is on a Journey to Mars and we are on the lookout for a new generation of space pioneers. Do you think you have what it takes to join NASA’s next astronaut class…”

And there you have it!

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