7 Great Apple Watch Apps and Games Developed By Startups
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 best-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 apps and games for the hottest new gadget: the Apple Watch. These apps are available to download now for the first adopters of the Apple Watch. They’ll help you make the most of your new watch and get all of the information and functionality you need to stay productive (and entertained) throughout the day with the Apple Watch.
Cufflink is the first browser for the Apple Watch. Using the Apple Watch’s dictation feature, you can say what you want to look up and view text and images in a “simple, readable format” without ads or other distractions. You can click through pages and articles as you would on a browser on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Cufflink developer Alaric Cole wrote on Medium, “I personally don’t think the Watch needs to be as limited as current apps make it out to be, giving only a list of news items or a headline here and there.” He writes that Cufflink enables you to “browse the Web like it’s 1995,” recalling how, in the early days of the Web: “It was just text. Text in, text out. And we liked it. Later, with the advent of Netscape Navigator, we had clickable links, inline images, the whole shebang. How could it get any better?”
Cufflink iPhone and iPad enables users to browse the Web without the ads and “unnecessary navigation” that detract from the content. Users can look things up with Cufflink, or even read full articles if they so choose.
2. Dark Sky
Dark Sky is a weather app that can tell you when it will rain or snow up to an hour in advance. With the Dark Sky app, built “from scratch” for the Apple Watch, you can see detailed current conditions, get notifications, and check the weather for the next five days. Dark Sky is powered by Forecast, a weather service that was built specifically for Dark Sky, and Dark Sky’s Adam Grossman writes on Forecast’s blog: “I often miss Dark Sky notifications whenever my iPhone isn’t on me. And the times I care most about getting rained on — when I’m outside my home — are the very times I’m least likely to want to pull a phone out of my pocket. Hell, it takes longer to fish it out than it does to check the notification itself.”
Grossman explains: “Getting a Dark Sky notification on your wrist just feels different. A little chime, a gentle tap on your wrist, and a quick glance; the effortlessness of it makes it feel qualitatively different than receiving a notification on your phone. It’s both far less intrusive and far less likely to be missed.”
3. Day One
Day One enables you to “record life and you live it” with features like Quick Entry, Voice Dictation, and Photographic Entries designed specifically for the Apple Watch. Quick Entries enable you to record moments and events on the spot, and expand on them later with the Day One app for iOS or Mac. You can customize six quick entry messages by setting entry text, tags, and activity via the app for iOS.
The Day One app for Apple Watch also enables you to check in at a location, see the last photo taken, and review a timeline of your recent entries. Day One designer Paul Mayne tells the community at Product Hunt, “Day One for Apple Watch was designed to capture a moment without leaving the moment, to create a starting point for a journal entry that can be expanded upon later. ”
Elevate is “your personal brain trainer” and enables you to play research-backed games designed in collaboration with neuroscientists and experts in cognitive science. Elevate offers a new set of challenges each day to build the skills you need most and enables you to train on more than 30 critical skills that boost your productivity, earning power, and self-confidence.
You can measure your performance across skill groups and keep track of your activity streaks. When setting up the app, you choose the skills you’d like to improve. Then you receive a personalized training program, and Elevate recommends training at least three times per week to get the best results. You can play four additional “mini games” to improve your vocabulary, spelling, and math skills, and review your progress with Elevate Dash for the Apple Watch.
Hours is a time-tracking app for the Apple Watch that features a visual timeline, smart reminders, detailed reporting, and a streamlined user interface. Hours on the Apple Watch enables you to adjust start and end times, add notes to your time entries via dictation or from a customized suggestions list, check a glance to see the running timer and provide quick access to the app, and get notifications to remind you to start and stop your timers.
Tapity’s Jeremy Olson writes on Medium that the team envisions the Apple Watch as the primary platform via which users will interact with Hours. “The primary usage of Hours is around starting, stopping, and switching timers,” he said. “Being able to do that with just a glance and a tap makes the Apple Watch the best possible way to track your time during the day. It is so convenient that even the worst time trackers (like myself) may actually remember to do it, with a friendly tap on their wrist to remind them if they don’t.”
6. Spy Watch
Spy Watch is an Apple Watch game that enables you to “be the head of your own spy agency” and “join the exciting and murky world of espionage via your Apple Watch.” Your mission in the game is to “Lead the agency’s final asset through enemy assassinations, the uncovering of secrets, seduction of enemy spies and base infiltration.”
Players of the game inherit their father’s spy agency and need to return the organization to its former glory and unravel the mystery of their father’s death. The game is based on the Apple Watch’s notification system and was created by London-based Bossa Studios.
Waldo for the Apple Watch enables you to “see what the most important people in your life are up to in the moment.” The app automatically understands your context and shares what you want it to share. Waldo cofounder and head of product Charlie Kubal explains to the community on Product Hunt that with Waldo, “We’re building the context layer for communication; the things you’d like to know about the recipient before contacting them.”
He continued: “The app figures out what you’re up to — so whether you’re at a café in the Mission, work in SOMA, running in Palo Alto or even if your phone’s low on battery, Waldo automatically updates your status. Connect your camera roll and your most recent photo becomes part of your status.” Before messaging or calling someone, you can use Waldo on the Apple Watch to see if they’re driving, in a meeting, or hanging out at home.