The Furby was inspired by the Tamagotchi. After seeing Tamagotchi for the first time, Hampton and Chung designed an electronic companion that you could pet, unlike the Tamagotchi, which is only digital. It was originally called “Furball,” and spoke in several different languages Hampton had used in the Navy. We have a secret love for Furby, considering we pretty much grew up with the toy. Nevertheless, it’s one of those weird inventions that surprised us with its success (Bustle).