Our small, round and often times slightly annoying friend is back. There is a new tech-savvy and very in-the-wild friendly Furby coming this fall.
Brian Heater of Engadget got a look at the new generation fluff ball. Here are some of the major updates:
- LCD Eyeballs: Say goodbye to the plastic eyeballs. When those eyelids pop open, Furby’s eyes now light up with two big LCDs that adjust to Furby’s emotions. Hasbro has designed different dot matrixes for Furby’s moods, including graphics such as rainbows or peace signs.
- Body Sensors: With sensors in his head, stomach, back, and sides, Furby now knows when you are tossing him around or tickling him sending emotions straight to his eyes.
- Furby iOs App: Can’t understand your little friend’s jumbled language? There’s a free Furby iOs mobile app to help you out. The app will listen to your Furby talk and then give you back the English equivalent.
Overall, the new Furby is much more “alive” than the one we remember. However, there is one major issue Heater points out:
“Furby also has no OFF switch, so the potential to drive parents nuts is fairly high. Leave it alone long enough, however, and it’ll get tired, start snoring and eventually just fall asleep.”
No OFF switch? This is a bit worrisome.