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Open-Source Robotic Toys

The Open FURBY Project Lets Consumers Personalized the Toy Bird

— February 9, 2016 — Tech
The robotic bird toy Furby was a popular childhood plaything in the early 90s, and now the device is making a modern comeback with the Open FURBY project that allows users to fully personalize the robotic gadget with a slew of commands and functions. Now players can enjoy having the robot react to human command and interaction for a more customized playing experience.

Originally the Furby toy was designed to circulate through a series of pre-programmed commands and functions with no player interaction. The Open FURBY project seeks to change the experience with the integration of open-sourced technology so the device can be controlled via a computer and allow for human-robot interaction. This means players can have a more personalized experience with the toy as it responds to their commands.
Trend Themes
1. Open-source Robotic Toys - The Open FURBY Project allows users to fully personalize a robotic toy with commands and functions, disrupting the traditional model of pre-programmed play.
2. Human-robot Interaction - Integrating open-source technology in robotic toys enables personalized experiences and responsiveness to human commands, paving the way for more immersive interactions.
3. Customized Playing Experience - Open FURBY project's integration of open-sourced technology empowers players to have a fully personalized playing experience and engage with the toy on a deeper level.
Industry Implications
1. Toy Manufacturing - The integration of open-source technology in robotic toys disrupts traditional manufacturing practices by allowing consumers to personalize the functionality and experience.
2. Consumer Electronics - Open-source robotic toys offer an innovative opportunity for disruption in the consumer electronics industry by combining advanced robotics with personalized, interactive experiences.
3. Education - The Open FURBY Project's human-robot interaction capabilities open new avenues for educational toys, enabling personalized learning experiences and fostering interest in robotics.
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