Intel has unveiled a walking, talking robot called “Jimmy”, made from 3D-printed parts, at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

The 60cm-tall Jimmy was brought on stage by Intel boss Brian Krzanish, who got the robot to wave at the audience and introduce himself to the audience.

Intel plans to release the open source plans for the robot online for free, and hopes that it will find partners to sell the non-printable parts of the robot, such as the motor, as a ‘home robot-making kit’ along with the Intel Edison processor that gives the robot his brains.

The home-made robots will be customisable, with owners able to program theirs to perform specific unique tasks, such as fetching drinks from the fridge, answering the door, or sending tweets.

The company hopes that the DIY robot could find the same creative ‘maker-movement’ userbase that currently hacks items like the RaspberryPi to perform a vast array of tasks, when the price of such kits comes down to less than $1,000 (£600) by 2020.



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