The process Zach took to replace Furby’s terrifying soul with Alexa’s helpful and slightly less terrifying soul is complex.
Essentially he replaced Furby’s operating system with a Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer used to teach programming and robotics. You can learn about his process in more detail here.
Alexa can be run through a Raspberry Pi because Amazon open-sourced Alexa for this specific purpose.
Essentially, Amazon is all in on people building their own weird Alexas! Other developers have even put one into the a singing Billy Bass fish toy.
It took Zach a whole year to figure out how to do it.
And multiple Furbies! Zach admitted that he accidentally killed a few Furbies along the way. Please tell us there is no such thing as Furby ghosts because NO.
He was worried that it might catch on fire.
Zach worried that because he was putting in a new operating system which got much hotter than Furby’s original system and Furby is covered in fur, it might catch on fire. To be sure it wouldn’t, he did some very scientific tests where he burned the skinned pelts of Furbys in his firepit. Anyone have marshmallows!?
He calls his creation Furlexa and it totally works!
Through a lot of trial and error Zach was able to create a working Furby-Alexa hybrid, retaining the original movements of Furby but now with the voice and technical abilities of Alexa. All your nightmares have come true: Furby, once restricted to indecipherable babbles now has a voice! And can take commands, or maybe eventually give commands and rule over human society? Just a conjecture.