The Best Products Launched in 2017 🚀
The first month of 2017 has been jam-packed with exciting product launches—from fast electric cars to AI-powered time tracking apps to a sneak peak into the future of the web browser. Below, you’ll find the most popular product launched every single day of the month in January—and these are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are so many more incredible products that came to life this past month than the exciting list you’ll find here. If you’re curious about what else has launched recently, browse through hundreds of new products and updates over at Product Hunt. Happy discovering!
January 1: Facebook Computer Vision Tags
My goodness, Facebook Computer Vision Tags is fascinating. This Chrome extension display the automatic image tags that Facebook has generated for your photos. It sheds light on just how powerful the data tagging and analytics capabilities are at behemoth tech companies like Facebook.
January 2: Time
Time is an API-powered time tracking app, built to help you boost your accountability and productivity. Quickly add and organize all of your tasks, tap on any one of them to start a timer, and get recommendations to boost your effectiveness over time (the app uses AI, so recommendations get smarter as you use it).
January 3: dev.to
dev.to is a platform for programmers to exchange ideas and help one another grow. Now you can read and share some of the best dev content—and engage in a discussion about various topics with other community members. In co-founder Ben Halpern’s words, “It’s a place for all sorts of dev content — as long as it is inclusive, kind, and helpful for others.”
January 4: Faraday Future FF91
The Faraday Future FF91 is a new electric vehicle that goes from zero to 60mph in 2.39 seconds. Weeeeeee! There are a bunch of interesting proposed features related to this car, including enhanced battery technology, rider-molded ergonomics, and attaining supercar acceleration via software. It’ll be exciting to see how people take to a car concept like this.
January 5: Clarity Money
Clarity Money harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and data science to help you take control of your finances. This app will find and cancel wasteful subscriptions, help you lower your bills, and find you better credit cards (should you decide that you even want one).
January 6: Mission Computers
Mission Computers is an interesting new breed of affordable desktop computers (you still need a screen). The company’s mission is to “build a global platform for digital literacy.” The OS is loaded with tons of educational content for offline use, which makes it a great potential solution for classrooms (and beyond) in developing countries that don’t have reliable access to the web. It’s also potentially a great option for a home entertainment system.
January 9: Uber Movement
Uber Movement leverages anonymous GPS information from hundreds of thousands of online Uber vehicles, and was created to improve urban planning around the world. City officials and policy makers can sift through the data to measure the impact of improvements to their cities, as well as analyze the impact of rush hours, road closures, and big events in cities around the globe. This is a game changer.
January 10: Snappr Photo Analyzer
Snappr Photo Analyzer will inspect your professional profile photos, tell you whether it’s a good or bad image, and offer up suggestions on how you can improve it. The analysis is based on research around perceptions of professionalism. A worthwhile tool if you want to put your best career *face* forward.
January 11: Founderkit
Founderkit is a super curated list of products that startups use. Over 1,000 founders from venture backed startups have contributed to it to date. What started as a simple spreadsheet is now an actual reviews site—and it’ll be invaluable to you if you’re building a suite of tools to use at your startup.
January 12: Opera Neon
What does the future of web browsing look like? Opera Neon gives us a peak into an alternate reality for the current Opera browser. The company created Neon to explore different ways of bringing web content to life. There are several impressive functions, including: snap-to-gallery (crop, snap, and save images of any website you visit), split screen mode (browse two web pages at once), and a video pop-out feature.
January 13: TinyFaces
TinyFaces is a free crowd-sourced avatar gallery that you can use in your personal or commercial projects. This is a super useful tool if you’re building a prototype of your site and need avatar images as placeholders for things like user recommendations. It works seamlessly with a Sketch plugin.
January 14: Rides in Google Maps
Now you can book your Uber or Lyft ride directly in Google Maps! With Rides in Google Maps, you can see how quickly Lyft/Uber will get you to your destination compared to other modes of transportation, get an estimate of the current cost, and book your ride directly through the maps app.
January 16: TagDox
TagDox uses machine learning, NLP, and crowdsourcing to make it easier to understand complicated documents like legal contracts, financial paperwork, or academic research. This tool was designed to help you identify and structure information in your documents. Excited to see how this develops!
January 18: Slack Thread Messaging
Thread Messaging on Slack might just be its most anticipated update yet. This new approach to Slack conversations allows you to respond directly to a specific comment or question, effectively creating a “thread.” No more scrolling endlessly through a bunch of chats to find any information that might be relevant to you.
January 19: Sky Torrents
January 20: Product Disrupt
Darshan Gajara is an internet-made designer, and decided to create a directory of resources to help others learn about design, as well. Product Disrupt is his list of the sources he used to learn design, improve his skills, and get inspiration for future work. It’ll do the same for you.
January 22: Collapsed
We typically hear about startup success stories, but rarely stories about the failures. Collapsed is a directory of failed startups, along with quick stats about when the companies started/closed, how many employees they had, and how much money they raised. This is a great resource if you’re looking to learn from other startups’ mistakes as you build your own.
January 23: Google Voice
Google Voice just got its biggest update in five years. The app now has a cleaner, more intuitive design; there are separate tabs for texts, calls, and voicemails. You can also see conversations with each contact in one continuous thread, along with support for group and photo MMS messaging.
January 28: Sketch
Sketch, a popular tool for designing user interfaces, websites, and icons, just released its latest round of updates. Now there are export presets (making it easier to share what you create in multiple resolutions and file types), touch bar integration, and a zoom limit increase (25,600% for the win!).
January 30: Magnet
Magnet will help you keep your desktop workspace nice and organized. It allows you to cut your screen up into halves, thirds, and quarters—and supports up to six external displays at once. Having multiple windows side-by-side will eliminate the need for switching apps as frequently, and potentially save you a lot of time in the process.
January 31: Unsplash
Unsplash is the beloved photo site that allows you to use non-cheesy, high-resolution images however you want. They just released another major update, which includes: allowing you to follow your favorite people, adding short stories to every photo you capture, and connecting to the Unsplash community offline.
Want to see the full collection of top product launches from January? Check them out in this collection on Product Hunt! 🤗