for this flashback piece I am using the later version of the Furby in this case the Boom model as these are slightly better than the original models and easier to obtain.
The original series Furby’s are long out of print and they are getting not only hard to find they are getting expensive too especially boxed ones.
The demand is rising thanks to the likes of Furlexa conversion’s (Furby’s with Raspberry Pi’s and Amazon Alexa) and now the same is starting to happen for the newer models like the 201’/1’ models like the Connect and Boom which I will have in this piece.
Getting a Furby Boom
While Furby’s are getting expensive as I mentioned a minute ago‚ tracking them down is not too hard and for me‚ I came across this one a stripy Furby Boom after about a week of looking on eBay so I grabbed it.
Of course I am likely going to need to clean up the acrylic sensor which from the pictures I have seen has some micro scratches not that unusual and cleaning should be relatively easy with the likes of Displex screen polish‚ but since the only real need for that is to connect with other Furby Booms and Furblings its not essential right now.
The box is also a bit dented but again its not a massive issue and again it’s nice to have since boxed Furby’s tend to be pricey even used and there is a lot of demand for them no Furby auction I have seen has had less and 1’ to 15 bids and I wanted a boxed one for this piece.
Furby Boom App & Connection
I must admit the connectivity of the Furby Boom does interest me a lot as I am a big techie and found the Furby Boom app and the Furby itself are coded to accept a sound signal from the app and once it detects it everything it runs unhindered (thank you‚ my friend‚ Amy for demoing this for me in a video.
Aiming for tablet use
It’s easy to see for me that Hasbro was going for tablet more than mobile likely because the iPad and other Android tablets were and still are pretty kid friendly and there was some kid designed tablets out there being sold through the likes of v-tech when this was made.
Furby won’t respond!
However‚ it’s worth noting the Furby won’t respond to the app if it can’t the hear the sound signal‚ after watching friend Amy’s video I found out this seems to happen more on cheaper mono sound android tablets like a really where the maker cannot be bothered to license or afford the likes of Dolby audio compression codec’s like the impressive Atmos.
The app is pretty basic controls wise which is understandable as it needs to be user-friendly for children‚ you can hatch baby Furby’s and then you can write them on the poster the boom comes with I have a picture of this in part II and also cover the app a little more.
Love the Personality
Call me a huge kid with this bit but I love how the Furby Boom has different personalities like a real animal when you do things like ignore it or start doing things like pulling its tail or throwing it and how it gets angry with you and goes into “Evil mode”
It’s probably not worth asking why or how you got it mad and into this mode‚ but at least your not going to get the silent avoidance treatment of kitty or the family dog but there is something menacing about those
hat is it for part one more to come in part II and chance to see my real acquired Furby Boom.