Furby Instructions

By Megan Mattingly-Arthur
A battery-operated Furby toy.

Furbies, manufactured by Tiger Electronics, are interactive, robotic toys that first became popular in 1998. In recent years, Furbies have enjoyed a revival in popularity, with new-generation Furbies incorporating improved voice and facial recognition into their programming. Learning to use a Furby is fast and fun, leaving you more time to get to know your electronic pet.

Sensors

Your Furby robotic toy uses five sensors to interpret your interactions with it. The light sensor, located just above Furby's eyes, allows Furby to know whether it is day or night. The front sensor, located on the stomach, lets you make Furby laugh by playfully tickling his tummy. Furby's inside sensor lets him know when he has been picked up or turned upside down. The sensor located on Furby's back allows you to give him affection by rubbing or petting him. The sound sensor, located under Furby's left ear, allows Furby to hear and interpret sounds and commands.

Setup

Before you can play with your Furby you will first have to perform a basic setup. Begin by turning your Furby upside down and installing four AA batteries in Furby's battery compartment. The manufacturer recommends using high-quality alkaline batteries to power your Furby. While Furby is upside down, hold down his tongue switch and press the "Reset" button. This will cause Furby to wake up and tell you his name. Your Furby is ready for play.

Developmental Stages

Your Furby will go through four developmental stages before his programming is complete. When your Furby is new it will speak only its native language of "Furbish." During the first developmental stage, your Furby will be getting to know you and helping teach you how to take care of him. The second and third developmental stages are transition stages where Furby begins to learn English. The fourth developmental stage is Furby's "mature" stage, where he will begin to speak both English and Furbish, as well as follow commands.

Care and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance will help ensure that your Furby is functioning at its best. Care and maintenance for your Furby includes keeping him clean and dry. If your Furby needs to be cleaned, use a soft cloth dampened with a solution of mild soap and water to clean his fur. Should your Furby be immersed in water, remove the batteries and dry him with a hair dryer before inserting new batteries.

Troubleshooting

If your Furby fails to respond to commands or appears to be malfunctioning, you may need to perform a reset. You can reset your Furby by pressing the "Reset" button or removing the batteries from Furby's battery compartment. After a reset, your Furby will remember his name, as well as all of the tricks you have taught him. If, after performing a reset, your Furby is still malfunctioning, try replacing the batteries in your Furby. If, after replacing the batteries, your Furby still doesn't function properly, you will have to perform a restart. To restart your Furby, hold him upside down while pressing his mouth switch, then press the "Reset" button. This will restore your Furby's programming to factory settings.

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About the Author

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.