30 Nov '17, 12pm

Classic Furby plus Alexa Equals… Furlexa https://t.co/q5Dvi1YpAz

Classic Furby plus Alexa Equals… Furlexa https://t.co/q5Dvi1YpAz

[Zach Levine] wrote in to share a project just completed: a classic Furby packing a Raspberry Pi running Alexa : he calls it Furlexa. The original Furby product wowed consumers of the 90s. In addition to animatronic movements, it also packed simulated voice learning technology that seemed to allow the Furby to learn to speak. It wasn’t like anything else on the market, and even got the toy banned from NSA’s facilities in case it could spy on them. Elegantly, the robot uses only one motor to move all of its parts, using a variety of plastic gears, levers, and cams to control all of the robot’s body parts and to make it dance. Over the past twenty years the Furby has earned the reputation as one of the most hackable toys ever — despite its mystery microcontroller, which was sealed in plastic to keep the manufacturer’s IP secret. [Zach] replaced the control board with a Pi Ze...

Full article: https://hackaday.com/2017/11/30/classic-furby-plus-alexa-...

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