Furby

Furby is an electronic toy by Hasbro with a mind of it’s own. It’s sort of a hamster or owl-like creature that sold up to 40 million during it’s first three years of production. This was the first successful domestic robot. It starts out speaking entirely Furbish, but it programmed to start using English words over time as you interact with it. Actually, Hasbro produced these things to “learn” 24 languages. The Furby says certain pre-programmed words or phrases more often when petted. A simple electric motor and system of cams and gears close the Furby’s eyes and mouth, raise it’s ears and lift it off the ground in a display of mobility. The originals are still popular, and can be dissected and made to do interesting things with advanced audio capabilities and sensory interfaces.