Internet enabled Furby


[edwindertien] sent us his project to connect a Furby to the internet. The original Furby controller was replaced with an Arduino which in turn was given ethernet connectivity via a LANTRONIX XPort serial ethernet module. This assigns the Furby an IP address which can then be accessed through a script or via a web interface. Now we want to see someone combine this idea with the arduino that sings “Daisy Bell” to make the ultimate in creepy new email notifiers.


  1. rachael says:

    Like taken out of userfriendly :) the horror!

  2. DarwinSurvivor says:

    You have no idea the horrors you have just unleashed unto the world…

  3. batch says:

    He should have put an arduino in that arduino so he could hack it while he hacked it…

  4. Stunmonkey says:

    I first read that as ‘internet enabled furry’, which seemed kind of redundant because they are already pretty annoyingly net-enabled.
    Figuring out how to get them >off< the net, now that would be a truly useful hack.

  5. TJ says:

    Lure them into a faraday cage (o’ death) with the promise of yiffing?

  6. medix says:

    I wish I could still find it..

    There was a video posted (years) some time ago, of a guy (Charles Brush maybe?) electrocuting a furby with 14.4kV from a pole transformer back-fed with a welder so he didn’t blow his mains. *that* was a hack to remember.

  7. Link says:

    I was hoping for an attempt at a chobits persocom internet, but that would be no small undertaking, seeing how voice control barely works under a complex OS (without tuning and periodic use at least)

  8. Pilotgeek says:

    I love you.

    / I lol’ed pretty hard.

  9. MRE says:

    to be clear, that’s not internet enabling a furby. Its repurposing the shell and mechanics of a furby. having left the electronics in place and functioning, while somehow attaching them to the internet would be internet enabling.

    You cant ‘enable’ something *a* with something *b* after it was hacked out and thrown in the trash.

    Anyway, whatever. nice job.

  10. jan says:

    lol made my day…

  11. CodeASM says:

    And then his homepage says something usefull..
    “You’ll have to sift through a lot of newbie posts, but after a while your own filters will kick in and you’ll be able to focus on the important information.” XD jst like it.

  12. CodeASM says:

    Jason Pelzer’s website>>Jason Pelzer

    (Oo)This is Furby. Copy and paste Furby into your
    (())signature to help him gain world domination

  13. Funky Gibbon says:

    He could have left the electronics in place and talked to it wirelessly through the infrared sensor already built into furby, this i’ve done, some years ago though, if i remember it’s just a 4 bit command mirrored to make a Byte, you can even talk to these things with a tv remote, how about a furby tvbgone, who would ever suspect a small fury creature?

  14. leer239 says:

    if it was that esey

  15. Funky Gibbon says:

    It is that easy, if i remember the furby command format is something like one high nibble 1010, low nibble not’ed 0101. there can only be 16 commands, dare i say even a aduino could manage that

  16. edwindertien says:

    @MRE You’re probably right that to fully ‘internet enable’ a furby it’s nicer to leave its original brain in place. However, I *did* use most of its original electronics. I replaced the brain by the arduino, using furby’s motorcontrol, sensor-amps, etc. The approach was more radical in that sense, taking out all electronics and replacing everything by RC servo’s. Still, making a infrared-furby-to-internet connection could be the way to ‘internet-enable’ the furby. I doubt however that the 4-bit IR protocol allows for full motor-control and access to all sensor inputs.

  17. DiRWiN says:

    ahh its a nabaztag… only it doesnt have RFID

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