What is Furby? - Definition from WhatIs.com
Part of the Computing fundamentals glossary:

Furby (pronounced FURR-bee ) is the name of an electronic toy, five inches tall, that is covered with simulated fur, has big eyes and ears, a vocabulary of over 200 words, and a limited ability to react to its environment. Created by toy designer Dave Hampton and made by Tiger Electronics, Furbies are expected to replace the Tamagotchi as the cyberpet to own. Furby was designed to appeal to 7- to 9-year old girls but, based on early sales, the toy also appeals to anyone fascinated by technology. Each Furby contains embedded systems programming and six sensors so that it can:

  • Dance, wiggle, and squirm in reaction to pokes and prods
  • Talk in English and in its own language, Furbish
  • Tell when the lights go out, when it's being petted, or when music is played - and react accordingly
  • Hold a conversation with other Furbies (using infrared transmission signals)
  • Catch another Furby's cold
Furby requires batteries and costs about $30 US.

This was last updated in April 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • project management

    - Project management is a methodical approach that uses established principles, procedures and policies to guide a project from start to finish to produce a defined outcome. (SearchCIO.com)

  • haptics

    - Haptics (pronounced HAP-tiks) is the science of applying touch (tactile) sensation and control to interaction with computer applications. (WhatIs.com)

  • business continuance (business continuity)

    - Business continuance (sometimes referred to as business continuity) describes the processes and procedures an organization puts in place to ensure that essential functions can continue during and a... (SearchStorage.com)

Glossaries

  • Computing fundamentals

    - Terms related to computer fundamentals, including computer hardware definitions and words and phrases about software, operating systems, peripherals and troubleshooting.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question About FurbyPowered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.