Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn creepy

Just look into its LCD eyes.
Billy Steele
B. Steele|06.30.16

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Furby gets smarter, but it's still pretty damn creepy

Hasbro revived one of the late '90s most iconic toys a few years ago, and now there's another new version. We're talking about Furby of course, and the new Furby Connect has Bluetooth to handle regular updates. The idea is to use the wireless connectivity with a mobile app for Amazon Fire, Android and iOS devices to deliver new content to the interactive playmate on the regular. That new content will come from the likes of Kidz Bop and other age-appropriate publishers.

As you might expect from a Furby, the new version reacts to sound and touch with 1,000 phrases and animations for its LCD screen eyes. Hasbro says the gadget has more natural movement and built-in sensors to help it respond to touch. It also keeps track of the date and time so it can remind you when it needs a snack. There's a sleep mask so the toy gets its proper amount of rest, or you know, in case you don't want Furby watching your slumber. Furby Connect is up for pre-order at Amazon for $100 before it starts shipping July 12th. Expect to see the toy at other retailers this fall, just in time for holiday shopping season.

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