For those construction professionals looking for a high-tech toolbox, Coolbox, www.coolbox.io, Huntington Beach, Calif., reports it has raised 316% of its initial funding goal since it began funding on Indiegogo January 26. The Coolbox, according to its developers, offers construction professionals features they would expect from a classic toolbox, along with several additional features supported by current technology.

The creators of the Coolbox found inspiration in the frustration they experienced when having to carry lights, phone chargers, and speakers with them to jobsites. They relate that they knew there had to be a way to integrate all of the technology that people enjoy every day into a classic toolbox design.

“It is kind of shocking that it’s taken this long for toolboxes to catch up with technology,” says Chris Engelo, cofounder, Coolbox. “People who work with toolboxes likely use technology in every other area of their life, so there’s no reason for tools to be stuck in the past.”

Each Coolbox comes equipped with built-in, marine-grade 40w Bluetooth speakers that are also compatible with auxiliary cords. Built-in LED lights are mounted internally and externally to help consumers find and use the correct tool. The inside lid holds a removable, double-sided dry erase board that is designed for drawing out construction plans.

Dual cradles allow consumers to dock a tablet, which enables people to view the directions for their DIY (do-it-yourself) project as they work. Additionally, the front panel of the Coolbox includes two USB ports for charging electronic devices.

A 20v rechargeable battery allows consumers to charge their devices and operate small power tools while working including drills, saws, and sanders. Unplugged, Coolbox can power the USB ports for up to 10 hours and the Bluetooth speakers for seven.

Coolbox will be funding on Indiegogo until March 12. Project backers can still receive a Coolbox for a discounted price of $169, which is $130 less than retail price. For an extra $39, backers will receive “signature-edition” Coolbox tools. Manufacturing is set to begin in May with volume production beginning in June.

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