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 work day 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, investors, founders, and tech enthusiasts. The developers and founders of a newly launched product — whether that product comes from a big, established tech company or whether it’s the first hit from a small startup — often chime in to answer questions and gather feedback. Somewhere between 600 and 800 venture capitalists 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, be a better explorer, and get more out of the devices and tools you already use.
Atavist is a web-based word processor that enables writers to compose, design, publish, and even sell their stories. Atavist’s website refers to its storytelling software as “the simplest tool on the web.” You can drag content from your computer into the editor or easily assemble blocks of video, sound, images, and interactive charts. You can upload a cover image, choose a visual theme, and design a story to look the way you want without needing to code. Then you can publish your story anywhere you want, and choose to make it free and shareable, or sell it and build your business. The platform features both in-house analytics and Google Analytics integration; enables you to use your own domain, logo, and visual style; and includes infrastructure for sales, gifts, subscriptions, and user management.
Biobots is a high-resolution 3D bioprinter that placed as an SXSW 2015 Accelerator Finalist. The desktop bioprinter builds functional, three-dimensional living tissue, which the Biobots website says is the “future of regenerative medicine.” As explained on the Biobots blog, bioprinting involves recreating the 3D structure of a tissue by using a computer program to break up a construct into discrete layers and rebuild them using a biomaterial extruded from a printer head. The materials used mimic the architecture of the extracellular matrix in which cells are suspended, and cells themselves can be incorporated. Biobots aims to meet the need for a tool for additive rapid bioprototyping, one that is simultaneously “low cost to make it accessible to a large number of scientists, engineers, physicians, DIY biologists etc, but also sufficiently high-resolution to make it a powerful ally in our search for the holy grail of the artificial organ.”
ClipCard is a browser-based tool that offers the fastest way to access your projects, documents, contacts, and notes across a wide variety of apps — including Trello, Dropbox, Evernote, GitHub, Gmail, and Google Drive — no matter where you’re working. Product lead Ryan Cunningham tells the community at Product Hunt, “We made ClipCard for people like us: makers, tech teams, and others who work across many different apps. ClipCard brings together your notes, issues, projects, contacts, files, and more. You can see the latest stuff from across your apps as you’re working and link right to what you need.” ClipCard is free and works in any browser. After creating an account, you connect your apps, see the latest across your accounts as you work, and access anything instantly, regardless of where it’s stored.
Gyroscope is a “personal website powered by your life.” Gyroscope features three categories: Sport for fitness and health tracking, Explorer for adventures around the world, and Digital for photos and other media. To get started setting up your page, all you need is your phone, which has all the sensors you need. (But Gyroscope does note that wearables make your data “more accurate.”) You can choose to keep your profile private or make it public, and even use it with your own domain name. Gyroscope integrates the services you already use — including Foursquare, RunKeeper, Strava, Fitbit, Jawbone, Moves, Withings, Google Fit, Apple Health, Instagram, Twitter, and RescueTime — and automatically loads your latest activity. Every Sunday, Gyroscope generates a weekly report with a summary of your health, productivity, and top moments from the week. Gyroscope is a free service, and offers a Pro option for $7 per month. There is currently a waitlist to join, due to high demand, but the company says that it is regularly sending invites to people who have joined the list.
5. Mondaine Helvetica
Mondaine Helvetica is a Swiss-made smartwatch, inspired by the balance and structure of the iconic typeface. The smartwatch comes in three styles: Light, Regular, and Bold, and the watch’s lugs are modeled after the Helvetica number 1. The smartwatch features technology from MotionX, a platform from Silicon Valley-based company Fullpower to enable users to track steps, distance, calories burned, and sleep quality. The Mondaine Helvetica integrates MotionX activity tracking, Sleeptracker sleep monitoring, Sleep cycle alarms, Get-Active alerts, and smart coaching, all of which can be backed up in the cloud, and the companion app provides detailed data.
MyHealthPal is an app that enables people with long-term health conditions to take control of their health and manage their condition. It captures and visualizes data; helps users to schedule, manage, and track medication adherence; offers medication alerts; provides condition-specific tests and trackers to enable users to log how they’re feeling or functioning; tracks symptoms and conditions; and helps improve users’ quality of life by monitoring, assessing, and adapting routines and behaviors.
MyHealthPal also enables users to keep loved ones informed, connect with experts, and help others living with the same condition. It was founded by Mike Barlow, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and has been developing solutions to manage the condition. The app is currently being trialled with Parkinson’s patients at the Mount Sinai Movement Disorder Clinic, and the startup will soon announce further trials with U.S. and U.K. learning hospitals.
Periscope is Twitter’s new livestreaming app, which enables users to stream live video of themselves or the world around them with just their smartphone. As Tech Cheat Sheet reported, Twitter just unveiled Periscope, which had been in beta since Twitter acquired the startup behind it in January. Periscope streams videos both to web browsers on computers and to its iPhone app for mobile users. The app lets you like a stream as many times as you want, and a broadcast’s viewers can comment on the stream. Periscope lists its Most Loved users, which rewards users for sharing great video streams, and saves livestreams so that users can watch them later.