ustyme, a Sausalito, Calif.-based free video-call app for iPad that creates shared experiences through books and games, raised $2m in angel funding.
Led by CEO, co-founder Linda Salesky, ustyme aims to give families and friends the opportunity to engage with each other and build connections that aren’t possible through simple phone calls. It has just launched in the Apple App Store with a library of games and books, selected to generate conversation and encourage participation during a one-on-one video conversation.
Once registered, a new user’s library is automatically populated with two books (“Three Little Pigs” and “Old MacDonald”) and six games (such as Rock-Paper-Scissors). Once signed in, users are able to call each other, select the content of their choice and begin interacting directly within the book or game, while seeing and talking to each other during the video call.
The app is available for download in the Apple App Store (it is compatible with iPad generation 2 and newer), free to download and use, and content starts at $.99.