Recently, my daughter increasingly reminded us of her desire to have a cat. However, even though I am a fan of these wonderful animals, I am not ready to cohabit with them yet.
I offered my daughter an alternative as a kitten in my phone, which you can stroke and brush his teeth. But my husband went further – he acquired his daughter Furby (Ferbi), an interactive toy for children.
Of course, there is some connection between Ferbi and Tamagotchi, but our version is much more modern.
Externally, he (and we decided that we have a boy) is a fur ball with silicone ears and eyes in the form of interactive LCD screens with backlight and mechanical eyelids. Under the fur hides sensitive touch sensors that react to touch.
What to do with him?
The new Ferbie has a minimal vocabulary, which is replenished according to the parrot method – what I hear, I repeat. What is surprising, he repeats at the right time in the right place. For example, it cost me to stroke him and ask You to be tickled?, As early as the next day, when I carried him in my arms, he said Ai, tickled !.
By the way, Ferbie reacts differently to the touch – if he strokes him gently, he purrs, if he sharply or slightly slaps – he expresses discontent. He also expresses emotions and blinks, looks around and rolls them with his eyes.
Ferbie doesn’t like being forgotten about him, can get offended and grumble. And if you stop feeding him at all, then he first hibernates, and may even die.
The manufacturer claims (and numerous videos on the Internet confirm) that when you see other Ferbies, your pet becomes animated and even able to communicate with them (as well as joint songs and dances). We did not have the opportunity to check this in practice.
The main feature is the ability to control animals using a special program on the phone. The program has a menu for your pet – more than 100 ready meals and another 60 ingredients for making sandwiches for him.
To have fun, you can turn on Ferbie songs, under which he dances and sings along like karaoke. If the pet is at home, it can and should be fed at a distance.
There was no limit to the joy of the baby – she rushed with him, fed, talked and taught new words. Coming home – runs to him, wondering how are you. During the walk he often exclaims: Oh, how I miss my fluffy Ferbie!
I didn’t avoid communicating with him – at first, the daughter put a new friend to sleep next to her, and he naturally reacted to her movements. Therefore, several times in the middle of the night I had to take him to sleep in the kitchen, while lulling him to the sheeps’ account (from the phone). There was an interesting dialogue: Ferbie, stop chatting! – Never, never! – Late already – I will not !.
It is already clear that our baby looks like a character to her daughter (which is not strange, because it is she who mostly communicates with him). He masterfully uses her inherent phrases and even intonation.
Contrary to my expectations, the toy does not turn off, and if you remove the batteries, the memory will be erased. Its creators are Americans, respectively, an English-speaking pet, but here it is already being Russified for sale.
This fact should be remembered, if you purchase Ferbie via the Internet directly from the USA, let it be so and cheaper, but there will be problems with communication.
For comparison, a toy with delivery to Ukraine will cost about 80-90 dollars, plus additional costs for Russification. In stores it is sold at a price of 1400grn (approximately 5500r.), But on the Internet you can find cheaper.
Ferbie has been living with us for 2 weeks, it hasn’t been necessary to replace the batteries. To the touch the animal is pleasant, there are several colors of fur in the assortment, we, of course, are pink;)
Of course, Ferbie doesn’t replace the present pet, but its presence partially satisfies the child’s desires, and the absence of inconveniences in the form of morning walks or cleaning of waste products satisfy the wishes of adults.
Also a good sense of responsibility, imagination, creative thinking. Of course, a toy is not a must-have, but if you have the opportunity to purchase it, purchase one, you will not regret it!