Amidst the plethora of smart devices which can keep our home connected, help us to check social networks, watch movies, etc., we often tend to shift away from what really matters for us- our family. We fail to remain connected with our family. For this, Insensi, a startup based in New York has developed a communication device which can help us stay connected. It is not a wireless device, nor a tablet and not even a smartphone. It can be considered a smart home phone which has to be powered always and used whenever required, just like a traditional phone, only with a dose of advanced technology.
How you Can Use the Ily?
You can use the Ily as a standard landline service or if you want, you can connect it to your smartphone using Bluetooth. This will then act like a headset. The inbuilt speakers and microphone has to be used to communicate. You can also simply use the wireless handset and talk as you move through the house. However, the internet-based features make the device special.
The camera that is in the smart home phone can be used for video and online voice and text calls with your friends and family. Ily has an 8-inch touchscreen display with 1024x768p resolution. The display will show icons with images from your loved ones. You can then tap on any of these images and choose your mode of communication.
There is also a free iOS and Android app which you can use with your phone to reach your family members even if you are not within the reach of an Ily phone.
Apart from communication, you can use Ily to share images, access apps like Spotify and listen to some good tunes.
— Android Authority (@AndroidAuth) June 24, 2015
Pricing and Availability
All the features that are available with Ily come for free, unless you want to purchase minutes and rent a local phone number or set up voicemail. The only cash you need to pay is for purchasing the device itself.
If you pre-order the device now from the official website, you can get it for $199. Once it launches this Fall, the price will increase to $299. You can get many devices for a discounted price. Buy 2 Ily phones for $189 each and three for $185 each.
Ily could turn out to be a beneficial phone for the users who are not so tech-savvy and find it difficult to handle smart devices. It could also be a safe device for kids compared to the expensive tablets and smartphones with Internet.
— dana blouin (@danablouin) June 24, 2015
What do you think about Ily? Do you find this device to be a beneficial one for communication? We would love to hear your thoughts.