Intel wants to sell you a 3D-printed DIY robot

You can print out your own Jimmy the robot, and buy the non-printable parts online
Intel wants to sell you a 3D-printed DIY robot

Look! It's Jimmy the robot, or Intel's insidious attempt to plant itself permanently in your living room. We're kidding about the last part but Intel is promoting what it calls a 21st century robot that you can print from freely available schematics.

But Intel's selling a kit with all the things you can't make with a 3D printer like the battery, motors, and wire all for US$1,600. Not cheap but Intel says the robot is fully customisable so your robot won't just look like something off the assembly line.

The robot even has a manifesto: "A Robot Is: Imagined first. Easy to build. Completely open source. Fiercely social. Intentionally iterative. Filled with humanity and dreams. Thinking for her/him/itself."

Do you want to build a robot?

What is running the robot? Well, to keep prices low your robot kit will depend on Intel Edison which is the equivalent of a low-cost computer on a chip. But there is a research version running on an Intel Core i5 but that costs nearly US$116,000. But Intel thinks that eventually people will be custom-making their own robots for less than US$1,000 within the coming five years.

The robot is also open source so developers are free to build apps for the robot, with users getting the freedom to pick and choose what software they'll run on their own little robots.

At the recent Code Conference, Intels' futurist Brian David Johnson demo'd his own custom robot, making him walk, talk and even Tweet (at @21crobot in case you're curious).

Johnson likes the idea of making robotics accessible and fun, helping you do useful things like translate languages or perhaps learn to get you a cold one from the fridge.

We can already have robots to stand in for furniture, do our laundry or walk our dogs, so having a robot beer buddy sure sounds good to us.

Stay up to date on what's happening with Jimmy or keep an eye out on what Intel will be selling for him at the 21st Century Robot website.

[Source: Recode]