Japanese maid mods a furby

This video has been floating around the web recently and we thought that some of you might enjoy it. After a quick google search, we found out that this is [Julie Watai], a singer/model who also enjoys hardware modification. In this video, she’s doing a tutorial on how to circuit bend furbies. No, we have no idea why she is dressed like a maid.  This immediately brought to mind that Bjork video we saw a few years ago. Enjoy.


  1. Cal says:

    She could mod my furby any day.

  2. ViperMD says:

    I think the maid costume is called fan service. Personally distracts me from the furby. Good video though.

  3. NatureTM says:

    Waaaaay too technical for me!

  4. JA says:

    Made in Japan. Maid in Japan.

  5. adam outler says:

    She fucked it up and was happy?

  6. BiOzZ says:

    man you gota love japan

  7. DrF says:

    For some reason I was unaware there was subtitles.

  8. tempmj says:

    Wow, that Furby sure appeared to like her taking his covering off… can’t say that i blame him. Although after everything’s said and done, i could do the same effects with a furby… just throw it in a bucket of water and I bet it would sound the same.

  9. xrazorwirex says:

    Holy crap; that’s one of the sexiest Hako irons you can get.

  10. Necromant says:

    epic win

  11. autylocus says:

    Why can’t there be more girls like her in the States? Beautiful and into electronics/hacking as opposed to watching the latest episode of “Jersey Shore.” Win-win.

  12. DarkFader says:

    “Don’t ask why she’s wearing a maid’s uniform — it doesn’t really matter”
    It seems like Gizmodo doesn’t care about the maid at all.. They’ve lost a credit there.

  13. Dennis says:

    At 6:47 it looks & sounds like he got shocked.

  14. Bob says:

    Why is that if this were made by a Japanese man, it probably wouldn’t have made it on hack-a-day?

  15. ZeroCool42 says:

    @Bob: Yeah… all the projects on here are made by women… Oh wait…

    @Pete: Congratulations on being a racist bastard. I hope it’s working out well for you.

  16. Ivan says:

    Dressing like a maid is some kind of weird japanese fashion. Check this out http://www.kirainet.com/english/meido-kissa-メイド喫茶/

  17. Drackar says:

    Guh. Will these things never die?

    Funny story. I went to school with Dave Hampton’s son. I had to put up with those damn things about a year before everyone else on the planet.

    I want them all to die. Horrible, evil, loathsome creatures.

  18. gr00ve says:

    And it’s a goner.

  19. alan says:

    1:24 – “You should penetrate without any problems”. You’re the boss love…

  20. Gene says:

    Fashion? Not so much. It’s a fetish. The meido kissa’s in your link are shops that cater to the fetish.

  21. Olivier says:

    @Ivan: yeah… it’s also a “fashion” in porn movies…

  22. ferdie says:

    that furby talk no speak it sound like random noice to me
    and why she dont take out the batery first than take it apart.thats the 1e thing whit hacking take te power off

  23. twopartepoxy says:


  24. UltimateJim says:

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaam shes cute

  25. Anonymous says:

    Keep it clean boys, she is probably only 14. I know you are all sex starved, so maybe it’s time to move out of mom and dad’s basement.

    I kid ;-)

  26. Catur says:

    it’s kind of cruelty show when she is peeling furby skin while it was on and it sound wheening, why don’t she turn it off before.

  27. Johan says:

    Damn, some serious nerd angst going on here!

  28. D_ says:

    Oh My. She skinned and eviscerated that little creature while it’s heart was still beating. Mind your manners around the girl boys. Toward the end I think I heard the furbby do a Woody Woodpecker laugh Sometimes it sounded like a radio tuning across the band quickly. The subtitles, ouch! no wonder why user manuals for made in Japan, are such treat to read.

  29. Drone says:

    You will NEVER see this posted on the Adafruit Blog!!!

  30. SaMiga says:

    Cute.. I think, reFurbish , stragne word though..

  31. SaMiga says:

    Who is the Furbie ??

  32. Andrew says:

    @Drone: That’s funny because the people writing the Adafruit blog most likely read this blog. their main income is resale anyways!

  33. tronic says:

    despite being an interesting hack, it was quite lacking in details. The best description they gave was “I’m going to solder these electric wires to the pcb and these switches.” no explanation on any theory behind it.

  34. Squirrel says:

  35. ChrisE99 says:

    What?! No tentacles?

  36. xorpunk says:

    Japanese girls in a community of mostly boring white suburban guys..marketing FTW..

  37. alexdcd says:

    “you should penetrate without problems”

    damn right!!!!!!!

  38. MG says:

    That would be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  39. KnightFire says:

    @MG Zowies! You’re right there. She’s obviously not a hacker, just some pretty thing going though the motions – tell me what hacker takes so much time to put a set of batteries it… you can almost see the cogs turning… flat end to the spring… flat end to the spring.

    @Anonymous No, I don’t believe she’s 14, I lived in Japan for a year, my girlfriend was 20, took me a long time to get use to the fact she was “much” older than she looked.
    Took six months for the rose coloured glasses to come off – I use to say it took me six months to see my first ugly Japanese woman.

  40. the noise says:

    She looks like Sakuya, except with dark hair.

    Torturing a helpless Furby! Why would you do a thing like that?

  41. Oliver says:

    @KnightFire Lived in Korea for a year myself. 6 months sounds about right. I think asian facial features are so different that it takes us a while to see past the obvious differences. Mind you, I wasn’t upset with every korean woman I saw being beautiful.

  42. chango says:

    @MG: Now if the Furby were powered by a potato…

  43. Matt says:

    she’s a singer :)

  44. DeadlyFoez says:

    The chick is hot. And she can solder too. Kind of like Carie from mythbusters. Any chick that is hot and can use tools is my dream girl.

  45. jesse says:

    Why link link whoring to Gizmodo and not directly to the actual video?

  46. swink says:

    I know a good dutch word for this


  47. DormantPsycho says:

    To hell with the Furby, I wanna know more about the maid!

  48. IJ Dee-Vo says:


  49. PH says:

    It would be cool to make a furbie sing like a mogwai.

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