Dave Bullock of www.eecue.com has hacked the new Furby. Well he hasn’t done much hacking yet, he has removed the skin to expose the inner workings and show what makes the thing tick. “If you haven’t seen one before they are basically armless Mogwais with beaks. New Furbys are powered by the Sensory Inc’sRSC-4128 which is a multi-purpose microprocessor that does everything from voice recognition to text-to-speach to IO to DTMF output. After reading through the white paper for the RSC-4128 I was pretty sure that the Furby would be quite the hackable robot, so I decided to take a look inside and see what hacking would entail.”
Here is what he plans to do if he can alter the default Furby program:
* Give Furby a more colorful vocabulary
* Teach Furby some tasteless jokes
* Change Furby’s voice tone to be less cute and more evil
* Give Furby a funny accent and maybe a lisp and a twitch
* Hook up some of the unused I/O ports to control other things (the chips has 24 I/O ports with 10mA outputs)
* Expand Furby’s memory
* Utilize the voice recording function of the RSC-4128
* Make Furby a voice controlled DTMF dialer
* Utilize the MIDI synth contained in the RSC-4128
It sounds like Dave will be pulling out the soldering iron quite soon and diving into this one. The follow up articles should prove to be quite interesting!
I love my furby!! I got it when I was 3 for christmas from Santa and have it in PERFECT condition right now and im 10!! Oh and it keeps asking “Where is my baby?” Does anyone know what I should do or where they sell baby furbies? I heard there hard to find now. Oh and anyone like sims? I have sims 3, sims 2 double deluxe, sims nightlife, sims party decorations and tommorow i’ll be getting the sims 2 apartment life!!! I heard you can become witches and warlocks and get a cauldron and everything! After that im hoping i’ll be able to get Sims 2 Pets!! Did you know Bella Goth the one who’s missing on sims 2 in Pleasnt View is hiding in the aparment life sims 2 expansion? I wonder if she turned into a witch and left to apartment life!!!??? Sorry about being off topic but im really excited to get it cuz ive been wanting that game like FOREVER!!!!!!!!
[…] great feeling. Have a look at this Teddy Ruxpin Robot that DJ Sures put together. Reminds me of the Furby hacks we saw years ago. You can see that the Teddy Ruxpin has the typical inexpensive mechanical bits […]