It did not take much time for Furby to become super famous when it was first introduced in 1998. Fourteen years later, Hasbro is reviving the charming, crazy eyed toy, with a reengineered body and an accompanying iOS app.
Kids love Furby because it is full of activity and some adults hate it because it does not have a mute or a switch-off button. The new Furby is more lovable and even more annoying, studded with more motors and sensors than its predecessor.
It’s more expressive because of its twin brightly-lit LED screens with mechanical eyelids. The five-inch-tall Furby also has the ability to wiggle its ears and dance.
The revamped Furby comes with an iOS app, which works by sending inaudible sound codes to the Furby. You can translate Furbish language into English and back again, and you can make and feed it a variety of foods by flicking them off your phone towards the Furby.
Furby grows and changes like a child over time. And as Hasbro engineer Don Cameron says, you never know what Furby might do or say. That’s the fun part. Cameron also claims the new Furby can tell the difference between speaking tones, the sound made by another Furby and the sound of a song it dances to.
You can get the new and improved version of Furby this holiday season for $60.
And in case it annoys you too much, just pull out the batteries and have peace. Hasbro says that won’t erase the Furby’s unique personality evolution like it used to on older versions.
Are you ready for the new wave of Furbymania?