Tag Archives: CoolTechStuff

The Last Word: CoolTechStuff

I’ve been doing CoolTech articles for over seven years now.  As some of you know, I’m in the process of building a house in Sonoma County.  With the start of construction my available time will be sharply reduced, so this … Continue reading

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WRLD: CoolTechStuff

With summer approaching I spent some time the other day looking for architecture related travel apps.  You may recall I did an article on an architectural travel app called “Buildings” back in June 2012.  That app had access to a … Continue reading

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Shapespark: CoolTechStuff

Here is an interesting desktop application and service that allows you to create and share real-time 3D visualizations of your architectural model that will run on any web browser, or mobile device, without the need for any additional software or … Continue reading

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Blackbelt 3D Printer: CoolTechStuff

So you’ve looked at 3D printers and thought they were interesting but only good for printing small things.  Well, here is a company (Blackbelt 3D) in the Netherlands that has rethought the way 3D printers operate and how large the … Continue reading

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HazMat Reference and Emergency Response Guides: CoolTechStuff

As you may guess from the topic of this article, I just finished the chapter’s Post-Disaster SAP Training course.  Living and working in an industrial area of the city I’ve always been concerned about what kinds of nasty things are … Continue reading

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Solar Squared: CoolTechStuff

As the renewable energy industry is maturing we are beginning to have many more choices at our disposal, and photovoltaics is leading the charge (no pun intended).   We’ve had many photovoltaic options for some time now, but few that integrate … Continue reading

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ArchiCalc: CoolTechStuff

  I recently upgraded my iPhone & iPad to iOS 11 not realizing that some of my most favorite apps would no longer work on that operating system.  All of the 32 bit apps (69 of them) on my machines … Continue reading

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Colored Photovoltaics: CoolTechStuff

While in the process of designing a new home for my family, I’m of course looking to make it as energy efficient as possible.  This includes photovoltaic cells on the roof.  While looking for my solution I came across colored … Continue reading

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CoolTechStuff: American Hardwoods Species Guide

What Does It Do: The app provides information on selecting hardwood species, including:  Alder, Ash, Aspen, Basswood, Beech, Yellow Birch, Cherry, Cottonwood, Red Elm, Gum, Hackberry, Hickory & Pecan, Hard Maple, Pacific Coast Maple, Soft Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, … Continue reading

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CoolTechStuff: Seek thermal Compact

A friend of mine was concerned about heat loss/gain in one room of his residence.  The room was cold in the winter and hot in the summer.  To help diagnose the problem he purchased a little device called the Seek … Continue reading

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