Tools are sometimes designed to be highly specialized to do exactly one job, and they do it exceptionally well. Seriously, these are the tools people talk about when they say robots are coming to take your position. They have been designed with exactly one thing in mind: to do a job and to do it well– and I think they are pretty darn incredible. There’s something so satisfying about seeing a machine work exactly the way it is supposed to.

1Hole saw for digging skyscraper foundation


2A tool for researchers to quickly shuffle between different books


3A washing machine for garbage cans


4Cell phone hotspot in Australia. Set your phone on the post, dish focuses the signal to the nearest tower. 100% passive, the tool itself uses no power


5Laser docking bay guides


6Squeezer for a single slice of lemon


7Found at 99 stores, a Hotwheels mount for your GoPro


8This 70s Tupperware patent lid holder at my grandma's house


9Men stand with the giant chain links that were forged for the Titanic's Hingley anchor, 1910. At the time, the Titanic had the largest anchor in the entire world. At Hingley and sons


10This sign turns on when you can no longer see over the snowbanks


11Smoke detector tester. On a stick


12Hexagonal paper for drawing organic compounds


13Specially designed screwdriver for removing the calendar nut on a Rolex


14Specialized rulers for fashion pattern drafting


15A tool so specialized, nobody knows what it is anymore


16At my job we use this triple-bladed knife to score our hamburger buns


17A keyboard designed for one-handed people


18Lego brick separator - 630


19Every year after Glastonbury festival this tractor with a magnet attached to it picks up thousands of tent pegs so that grazing cows don't choke


20Coal stacker reclaimer


21Several years ago my uncle made this special hat so he could see and feed hummingbirds up close


22Pizza slice grabber


23Make way for the 'medium nut gatherer'


24The tool used to remove the skin to be used in skin grafts


25I really didn't want to eyeball this curve, so I printed a Radius Gauge

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