Meet the ILY, a No-Internet Video Calling “Family Phone”

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We all know by now that the internet isn’t as safe as people intended it to be. In fact, some people think it’s absolutely horrible and totally unsafe for younger users, like children. However, a new Kickstarter device is aiming to make the world-wide web okay again by allowing users to access all the good of the internet without risking to access the bad.

Meet the ILY, a tablet-type device made by Incensi. This phablet works like FaceTime or WhatsApp by allowing its users to make and receive Wi-Fi video calls. That may sound pretty boring since you can download applications to your devices that do that, however what makes the ILY special is the fact that all other communications to the internet are cut off. This means that you can’t surf the web on it, you can’t post to Facebook, you can’t stream your kid’s soccer game on Periscope. All you can do is make video calls to any contact already loaded on this “family phone”.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. One of Incensi’s goals with this device is to potentially replace your landline with a video chatting tablet. You don’t watch YouTube on your landline, do you? No, I didn’t think so, and neither did Incensi. That’s why the ILY has the ability to allow your phone line to be plugged right into the back of the device to make and receive phone calls using your current number. Pretty nifty, right?

In case you’re wondering, the ILY has an 8-inch 1024×768 display for video chatting, a camera without a megapixel count as of yet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a stereo front-facing speaker, a headset connector, and Bluetooth 4.1 to connect your smartphone to use the ILY as a speaker phone. All in all, this is a pretty decently specced device for its capabilities.

The ILY will be going on sale at Kickstarter soon and will eventually officially launch at retail locations for $299.




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