10 Innovative Tech Products to Inspire You This Week
Are you on the lookout for the most exciting new tools in the App Store, the next website you’ll want to share with friends, or the latest gadget you’ll just have to have in your life? Product Hunt, where post their best finds and discuss the latest with a growing community of developers, investors, founders, and tech enthusiasts. D etween 600 and 800 reportedly use the site — a great testament to its ability to surface products that would otherwise fly under most people’s radars.Each week, we review the crowdsourced links posted to a website called
We took a look at all of the apps, gadgets, and services posted on Product Hunt last week, and chose 10 exciting tech products that can help you make the most of the devices you own, try out new virtual and augmented reality experiences, and get a sense of the future that artificial intelligence will make possible.
1. Air Display
Air Display 3 is the newly updated version of Avatron’s software to turn almost any device into an extra screen for your computer. Air Display adds the ability to connect an iOS device to a computer via USB, while previous versions of the software only supported connecting over Wi-Fi. The software also gained features from Avatron’s Air Stylus app, which is being retired. It enabled users to connect an iPad as a pressure-sensitive drawing tablet for a Mac or PC, a feature now rolled into Air Display. The app features multiple monitor support, compatibility with Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, and support for Mac and Windows computers and iPads, iPhones, and Android devices.
Circa, a news app for iOS and Android that breaks down news stories into succinct updates of facts, stats, quotes, events, and images in a mobile-friendly format, has launched a website that brings its content to the web. While Circa’s stories were previously accessible exclusively through the mobile apps, the website features Circa’s daily briefing as well as stories on a number of topics, from Arts & Entertainment to Health to World Politics. Matt Galligan, co-founder and chief executive of Circa, explains to the community on Product Hunt, “We want to provide succinct and time-saving news no matter where our readers are. The web is obvious. But we also want it to be a great place to discover what Circa’s all about, before you might get the idea to install the app.”
3. Grid Diary
Grid Diary is an iOS app that aims to provide “the simplest way to get started with keeping a diary.” It features a grid format to make writing an entry as easy as filling out a form, and provides a prompt library to inspire you to write each day. You can attach photos to your entries, use the app’s full text search function, back up and restore your data, and set reminders.
A major update to Medium, the publishing platform created by Twitter co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone, makes three major changes to the site. As a post by Williams explains, Medium now features an inline editor to make it easier to start writing whenever you have an idea, redesigned post listings — called the Stream — to enable you to start reading a post and get a sense of what it’s about before clicking through, and tags to help posts written by anyone to be more easily connected and discovered. The update, and specifically the casual inline editor, is aimed at making the platform less intimidating for new writers.
Moggles, short for “mobile goggles,” is a virtual reality console made to fit in your pocket. You can use a smartphone with a screen measuring 5.5 inches or more with a pair of Moggles, and the device uses the display and motion sensors of the smartphone to give the phone real-time updates about which direction you’re looking. The headset features custom-made lenses that work with the smartphone screen to create the experience of a portable 200-inch screen. Moggles also supports a hand controller that can register your hand movements. The Moggles app is available for both iOS and Android and aims to make virtual reality content easy to create, use, browse, and share.
6. Pebble Time
Pebble Time is a new smartwatch by Pebble Technology, which funded its original smartwatch on Kickstarter, and went the same route with the new version. Pebble Time features a color e-paper screen, a microphone for responding to notifications, a battery that will last up to seven days, and a new timeline interface. It’s compatible with the 6,500 existing Pebble apps and watch faces. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign has raised more than $11 million (it hit $1 million in its first 35 minutes) and still has 25 days to go. Pebble is currently offering the Time in three colors exclusive to Kickstarter, and the watches will begin shipping in May.
Quest is a web browser for iOS that aims to connect you to the web without distractions. Quest founder Nicholas Sheriff tells the community at Product Hunt that the features planned for the browser include voice search, the ability to create a push notification reminder via voice, “silk scrolling,” and 13,000 more trackers and ads blocked.
RideOn goggles are the first augmented reality (AR) ski goggles, projecting AR graphics and features onto the snow as if they were 15 feet in front of you. RideOn enables you to see your friends’ locations around you, audio and video chat, and post videos and stats online. You’ll also be able to see your location on a map, and find lifts and lodges highlighted in your field of vision. You can compete against yourself or your friends in a variety of games. The RideOn is being funded by a campaign on IndieGogo, which as of the time of writing has raised more than $100,000, significantly more than the original goal of $75,000.
Sense.ly is a virtual nurse that uses avatar-based technology to collect real-time data, enabling clinicians to make better care decisions. Sense.ly’s virtual nurse named Molly, enables health care providers to better manage their patients and their care. When a patient is discharged, he or she is enrolled in the Sense.ly program. The patient then follows the prescribed regimen and monitoring, and the clinician is alerted if risks increase or stay high. The clinician then follows up via video, or coordinates with a specialist, improving the quality of care that patients receive between visits. Sense.ly’s technology is patent-pending, and is built with the latest user interfaces and sensors. The system integrates with wired and wireless medical devices, measures patients’ movements, and provides a “game-like” environment for patients.
Viv is a new artificial intelligence platform from the makers of Siri, and aims to radically simplify the world by providing “an intelligent interface to everything.” Developers will be able to use the platform to create an intelligent and conversational interface for any product. Viv’s creators hope that it will be the first consumer-friendly assistant to fulfill the promises of artificial intelligence, and they told Wired that they hope to see it embedded in Internet-connected everyday objects, where people will access artificial intelligence as a utility in the same way they draw on electricity.