This Furby speaks Alexa and its horrifying
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If youre a millennial, you probably grew up with the robotic furry critter toy known as Furby. Its gone through a lot of iterations, and now somebodys tinkered with one to make it speak using Amazons Alexa. It is quite frightening and disconcerting to hear Alexas adult lady voice come out of Furby, which is known for speaking disjointed English and gibberish.
Zack, from Howchoo details how to hack your own Furby using Amazons open-source Alexa Voice Service running on a Raspberry Pi and custom Python scripts. Zack says the entire project cost him $50, which includes all the materials, plus an old Furby off eBay. The process is a bit fiddly, involving soldering, disassembling the toy, and some programming. The result is a kind of…