If Intel has anything to say about it, by next year, their 3D printed, two foot tall robot intel-1named Jimmy will be available to the public. It may take a little assembly, but the vast majority of the robot does in fact originate from plastic filament extruded from a 3D printer.
Last September, Intel revealed to the world that they were working on this project at Maker Faire in New York City. That’s when Intel’s futurist, Brian David Johnson, gave a few key details about the project. Here we are eight months later and another wave of information has emerged about this 3D printed machine.
Today Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich was on hand at the Conference’. This is where he revealed Jimmy, showing off some of its capabilities. It was also revealed that Intel expects to sell the kits to make these robots sometime next year, at 21stCenturyRobot.com, starting at just $1600. The kit will include all the electronics and non 3D printed parts needed to construct Jimmy, as well as an Intel Edison ‘computer on a chip’, which will act as Jimmy’s brains. Intel will also offer pricier kits which include more powerful processors. This includes a $16,000 version which will use an i5 Core processor to control Jimmy. … (Read more)