When looking for apps and extensions for Chrome, most normally go with those that are popular or recommended by others. However, there are unique, off-the-wall tools that many would not search for, but would actually find unusually useful. Here are just 25 of them.
Creativity and Inspiration
1. Story Wars
If you enjoy writing and seek your inspiration from collaboration with others like you, then take a peek at Story Wars. Pitch a story idea and once it’s published for the Story Wars community, others can add to it. This is a great way to enhance your writing, creativity, and even generate more ideas.
Pookatoo is the tool for the fantasy, gothic, spooky text creators. There are over 40 different colored fonts, multiple sizes, background colors, and animations. So, whether you want a vampire-like font for your website or a creepy phrase for your Halloween image, Pookatoo comes through.
Ready for some kitchen remodeling? Kitchen Style Visualiser is a Chrome app to assist you in finding just the right look. Select your wall units, flooring, worktops, and wall color. Each provides modern, traditional, and painted options so that you can pick out exactly the right components.
Utilities and Tools
Are you in the market for a unique countdown timer? Toast timer is a simple, intuitive option. You will see fun quotes about time and hear a nifty pop sound when the timer is up.
When it is time to learn about electricity and electronics, whether for school or simply general interest, EdisonCloud is your Chrome tool. With virtual instruments, sounds, and animations, you can create, test, and repair circuits. The 3D components available make it super easy and there are many useful features to check out.
For a simple way to calculate your dog’s age in human years, the Dog Age Calculator figures it out for you. Choose your dog’s breed and age in calendar years and months to get started. The app also displays life expectancy and a quick link to find out your cat’s age as well.
Wondering how long your retirement savings will last? If so, then take a look at WillItRunOut Retirement Simulator. Just fill out the necessary information on the form, hit calculate, and make sure that you are on the right track financially for your retirement.
Whether you are preparing to travel or have found a cool pair of kicks from another country, the Shoe Size Conversion app can help. Enter your gender, conversion to and from countries, and your size. And if you enjoy this app, there are others such as sock, bra, and ring size conversion apps.
We see Chrome apps and extensions for helping you relax and letting you know when to take a break. But it is not often that we see one dedicated to your neck health. 30s Neck Stretch is a handy tool for reminding you to do 30-second neck stretches every 45 minutes. For those who sit at a computer all day, this is a great extension to try.
Shove is a link-sharing tool with an unusual method. Basically, you can open a webpage in a new tab on your friend’s browser. This is quick and easy way to “shove” that news, video, or important research site over to your pal. Note that your friend will need to have a Shove username to send them pages.
Weather and the World
For those who have an interest in space, the Space Station Finder Chrome app is a neat tool. Enter or enable your current location to see where the space station is traveling per your spot. You can read brief details at the various points shown in the sky and check out the next passes with a click.
If you enjoy hopping on your motorcycle for a ride on a gorgeous day, then check out Motorcycle Weather. Created especially for those days where you want the wind in your hair, you can view current conditions, wind speed, and the day’s forecast. Plan your ride for the best time of the day with this cool tool.
You really can go back in time. Yesterday’s Weather shows you how the weather compares from the previous day. Is it warmer or colder and by how much? That exactly what this app displays, but also includes a quick link to the current day’s forecast and temperature comparisons based on time of day.
14. Dress By Weather
Need a little help getting dressed in the morning? Dress By Weather will suggest outfits and accessories based on your current weather conditions. While most people know how to dress when it is hot, cold, or rainy, the extension just brings a bit of originality to your weather.
For another interesting way to view your weather comes Bleak. With the premise of “the weather can always get worse,” this extension shows you a slightly under inspired message with your current weather conditions, location, and time it was last updated.
16. Batman News
If you are a fan of the awesome superhero, then Batman News is the app for you. The news and content come from Batman-News.com which was founded in 2010. The app will open right in a new tab for you to catch up on all things Batman. If Spider Man is more your style, then Spider-Man News from SpiderManNews.com is another super app.
Understanding Men & Relationship Insight is a Chrome app intended for women. Whether your relationship is rock solid or on a rocky road, pop open this handy app for some helpful articles. While the content has not been updated recently, the articles and links are still useful.
Dictionaries and References
If you love art or are an artist yourself, Art & Artists Dictionary is a cool Chrome tool. You can review artist resources, look up art terms for definitions, and enjoy the daily photos. The app offers a simple search tool to find exactly what you want.
19. Food Dictionary
For those who watch what they eat or are studying nutrition, Food Dictionary is a handy tool for getting nutrition information on foods from A to Z. Search for a food and then take a look at the fat, carbohydrate, and protein amounts.
Have you ever wondered what your name really means? Or, perhaps you are searching for a unique name for a child. The Name Dictionary app lets you start your search, check the meaning, get statistics, and shows variations.
21. Car Dictionary
Dig cars? Car Dictionary is a neat app that provides specifications for tons of vehicles. Enter a keyword to search for a car model, make your selection from the results, and get the full specifications for that vehicle. Before you go car shopping or just want to do vehicle comparisons, this is a useful app.
If you are a medical professional or studying to become one, the Medical Dictionary & News app is a useful app for Chrome. Review medical terms and information, get the latest news regarding a study, and see what’s new in general health or biomedical services.
Another terrific tool for those in the medical field is Drug Medical Dictionary. The app pops open in a new tab with a list of medications for you to browse. Select any one for further information such as description, uses, side effects, interactions, and more.
If you ever wonder what those slang words mean that you hear your teen using or sing along to in a song, Urban Dictionary Search gives you a simple way to find out. Just tap the button in the toolbar, enter your word, and prepare for the definition — good or bad.
Do you write poetry or song lyrics? If so, then Rhymey is a handy extension for Chrome that helps you find words that rhyme with others. Just double-click to select a word on the page and Rhymey will pop open with suggestions for you. So, you can rhyme on a dime right on time.
Do You Use an Unusual Chrome Tool?
It is not always about what is popular or recommended. Sometimes the most useful tools are the ones nobody even knows exist.
Do you use an out-of-the-ordinary Chrome app or extension you would like to share? Please share it with us in the comments below!