7 Fun Tech Products to Download and Try This Week
Are you on the lookout for the latest app you won’t be able to put down, the next gadget you’ll be itching to get your hands on, or the slickest new tools to make your workday more productive and your downtime even more fun? Then look no further than our favorite site for finding the latest and greatest tech products.
Each week, we review the crowdsourced links posted to a website called Product Hunt, where tech-savvy users post their best finds and discuss the latest apps and gadgets with a growing community of developers, designers, investors, founders, and tech enthusiasts.
The detween 600 and 800 reportedly use the site, a great testament to its ability to surface products that would otherwise fly under even the most-connected people’s radars.
We took a look at all of the apps, gadgets, and services posted on Product Hunt last week and chose seven innovative products: apps and gadgets that will help you work smarter, approach your world with a little more creativity, and get more out of the devices and tools you already use.
Acuman is a personal computer assistant developed by Sean Le Van, a 14-year-old developer. Through artificial intelligence, the assistant learns about your life to deliver information that’s relevant to you, reminds you of your goals and tasks, and collects psychometrics on your moods to enable you to visualize your life with statistics and data visualizations. Additionally, businesses can use Acuman to collect data related to criteria of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
Acuman’s website reports that the assistant has answered more than 160,000 questions, and Le Van tells the community at Product Hunt that he is”passionate about Acuman, and not only its ability to retrieve information but also its promise in the field of psychoanalysis, self-improvement and pre-emptive mental care.” He explains that he will expand the project by parsing the data collected through a survey on the website with the Acuman machine learning algorithm.
The bot will then be able to “more accurately classify psychometric data based on a continuum of the personality tests BFI and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The text classification algorithm that results from this large corpus of data will then be reassessed with a supplementary survey, asking users to rank properly the bot’s true/false positive rate in identifying personality types.”
Contra is an iOS app that enables you to “get both sides of the story” on any topic. With the app, you can pose a question on any topic and get educated on on the topic by reading through people’s opinions, called “contras.” You can share your own opinion on any of the topics posted by other users and participate in the debate with others. You can also follow other users, subscribe to your favorite categories, and receive updates via the app’s social feed.
A “Hot” feed surfaces trending conversations, and you can receive push notifications when someone replies to you. Rohan Kapur, the 16-year-old developer of Contra, writes on Product Hunt: “Nowadays, news articles are too complex, long, and short-sided (by design). With Contra, you can be well-informed on any circumstance (be it a product comparison, political stance, or current affair) through concise and informed opinions from enthusiasts all around the world.”
Introji is an “emoji app for introverts and the people who love them.” Introji features an emoji set designed to make communicating easier and to widen the range of states and emotions that can be expressed with emoji. Using the funding raised through an Indiegogo campaign, Introji creator Becca Lynch will build the emoji set into “a real messaging app.”
Lynch explains on Indiegogo: “Introverts draw energy from time alone; they tend to find socialising draining, and need time for solitary activities. I’ve focused on this aspect. There are lots of introji for activities like reading, observing, and playing games. There are introji that represent situations that introverts find themselves in – like wanting to leave a party, avoiding small talk, and happily recharging.”
She added, “I’ve also added a few calls for help. While introversion is NOT depression, the need to be alone can often be mistaken for depression by others. Having these complex states represented can hopefully help clarify.” There will be 40 emoji in total. Introji is currently raising money via an Indiegogo campaign, which has just surpassed its $4,325 goal as of the time of writing, with 18 days still to go.
4. Lost Within
Lost Within is the first game for iOS from Amazon Game Studios, which aims to be “Earth’s most player-centric game developer and publisher.” Players can explore a haunted asylum in a game that “pushes the graphics of your mobile device.”
The game’s website claims that the rich, dramatic story of the game is “unprecedented” in mobile gaming, and players can fight, flee from, or sneak by the asylum’s inhabitants. They can also create their own weapons and use them in creative combinations against their enemies. The game is available on the Fire Tablet and Fire Phone, as well as on the iPad and iPhone.
Quest is a gamified task management app for iOS that enables you to clear your real-life tasks like a game. Once you complete your to-do’s, an 8-bit character will grow. You can add tasks or mark them as complete with a simple gesture, easily categorize the tasks on your to-do list, check your Completed Log to see the tasks that you’ve finished, and set alarms to remind you of tasks to complete. You can also manage tasks via a Today widget for iOS 8. As you complete tasks, you obtain experience points and level up, and can collect and equip new items to customize your character.
Traxo is an itinerary and loyalty program management app for iPhone, Android, and the Web. You can automate your travel itineraries by forwarding your confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org so that your itineraries are automatically synced to your mobile devices and calendars. You can link your loyalty accounts to Traxo to track points and mile balances, and automatically import new reservations.
Traxo also enables you to share your plans and trips with family, friends, and coworkers, as well as receive alerts when you’re in the same place at home or abroad. Traxo supports more than 200 travel sites and keeps your accounts and plans organized, secure, and available across your devices.
7. Workflow for Apple Watch
Workflow for Apple Watch, like Workflow’s standard iOS app, enables you to automate the tasks you complete everyday by connecting apps and services. Workflow for Apple Watch enables you to “do less with your phone, and more from your wrist.” You can mix and match more than 200 actions to perform a variety of tasks, like sending emails, reading articles, scheduling calendar events, saving information to Dropbox, adding reminders, recording audio, and more.
You can swipe to the left to access the Workflow Gallery, where you can browse workflows designed for the Apple Watch. You can start workflows by raising your wrist, swiping up from the bottom of the Apple Watch’s screen to see Workflow’s Glance. Workflows from your iPhone automatically appear on your watch, and any workflow can run on your Apple Watch, with no changes necessary.