Intel Unveils Jimmy, A Robot You Can 3D Print At Home
Yesterday, at the Annual Intel Future Showcase in New York City, Intel Researchers introduced their 'Jimmy' robot prototype. The 45-centimeter-tall "social robot" that is set to hit the stores this September, will cost about $ 1,5000.
For now, this relatively affordable robot can walk, take pictures, and identify objects, but cannot move it's arms. According to the researchers over at Intel, 'Jimmy' is only the first in a line of printed Intel robots that will eventually be capable of many functions including walking, switching lights on and off, picking up newspapers, and even having basic conversations.
Intel claims that 'Jimmy' will be developed further to include a 3D depth-sensing camera, derived from Intel's 'RealSense 3D' technology which can map out movement, distance, and supposedly even emotion (whatever that means.)
According to Brian David Johnson, a "futurist" at Intel, designing arms, legs, and a face on the robot will help change the way that humans interact with them.
"Robots will be as common as the internet" Johnson says.
Who knows, maybe one day we'll be able to 3D print Jimmy's bigger, more advanced version that you can see in action below: