Intel showed off its totally customizable, 3D printed Robotic kit – Jimmy, at the Code Conference on Wednesday. Intel says it plans to bring Jimmy to the plug by the tip of the year, with a price tag beginning around 1,600 USD.
Intel’s futurist Brian David Johnson debuted the 3D printed robot Jimmy at the Maker Faire in the NY, USA last year. According to Brian D Johnson, Intel started the project around 10 years ago. “Imagine if you may produce your own robot with the help of 3D printing. What would it not look like? What would it not do? This project aims to let anyone produce robots, and alter them and share them in on-line communities, sanctioning them to be 3D printed in varied styles.”
Intel will supply schematics and AI code free on-line, so folks can 3D print their own robots. The kit includes everything that cannot be written, like motors, wires, battery, processor etc and can be bought on-line at 21stCenturyRobot.com.
The consumer model runs on Intel Edison, an inexpensive laptop on a chip, in line with Re/Code. If it were to be equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, it might amp the price to somewhere near 16,000 USD. Intel hopes that eventually buyers are able to build custom robots for fewer than 1,000 USD in about 5 years from now. Also the robots are open source, thus users will be able to alter the code according to his or her own functions. Developers can also build programs and apps, creating artificial intelligence accessible and fun. These Robots are able to walk, dance, sing and do things like tweeting, translating languages or even serving cold brew.
Johnson explains that it’s not totally different from a smartphone with customizable apps. “It’s sort of a smartphone with legs,” he said. “Your robots are utterly and totally different from mine; you customise it and program the substitute intelligence, not by having a PhD in artificial intelligence, however by downloading apps.”
The company eventually plans to supply alternative robotic kits, and launch an app marketplace at 21stCenturyRobot.com.