Almost 20 years after it was first introduced by Tiger Electronics, Furby has somehow found a way to remain on toy store shelves to this day, mostly by learning new tricks along the way. But Zach Levine’s Furby is extra special, because he hacked its guts with Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant, finally giving the…
Furbies are little monsters and I never understood why they existed until today. As it turns out, they’re not useless excuses for a toy, but rather the perfect play thing for a red hot nickel ball.
The Furby was the hottest toy of the Christmas season back in 1996. Now, there’s a new edition that updates the strange little creature with modern tech for modern kids. Nothing prepared me for what this thing would look like while it is being cut in half by a water jet.
No one wants a Furby movie. Even when the things were actually popular (back in 1998), kids didn’t want to watch other Furbys. No one is invested in the mythos behind Furbys. And wow is that somehow even more true today.
Last Monday, I woke up to a series of strange, muffled noises next to me.
When Furby hit store shelves in November 1998, it was an instant hit. Kids loved it. Parents loved it. People paid three times the Furby’s retail value just to get one for the holidays, and within three years, Furby had sold 40 million units. Now, nearly two decades later, it’s the seedy world of Furby hackers and…
Furbys are adorable and a bit obnoxious, but could they be used as fluffy little spies? The National Security Agency once banned the electronic toys because it feared that they would listen in on classified conversations.
The Furby materialized on American shelves in 1998, after a brief warp-trip from some ethereal hell-domain. It drove parents insane. Their children wanted one, insanely badly. They sold out, insanely quickly. Now, the Furby is back, and it is insanity incarnate.
Thought to have been banished to the pits of hell sometime in the early 2000s, the ferociously annoying cyber-creature known as "Furby" as reared its ugly head again. Now it's available for pre-order, so you better brace for impact.
From the same school of AI versus AI rib-tickling that brought you existentially ornery Cleverbots: some rousing logorrhea between a new-school smart phone and an old-school creepy fad. Next up, a TomTom tending to a Tamagotchi.
This is Julie Watai. Don't ask why she's wearing a maid's uniform — it doesn't really matter. All that matters is that she's WAY better at hacking Furbies than you are.
In the late 1970's, the toy industry embraced technology as never before and contributed to the children of the 70's and 80's becoming a tech-savvy, science- (and science-fiction-) loving populace. Do you remember your first microchip?