RANCHO PALOS VERDE California (Reuters) -
Intel Corp introduced a walking, talking robot on Wednesday made from
3D-printed parts that will be available to consumers later this year, if
they are willing to assemble it with a kit that costs around $1,600.
The company's Chief Executive Brian Krzanich was accompanied by
"Jimmy" on stage at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes,
California. The white 2-foot tall robot shuffled onto the stage,
introduced itself and then waved its arms.
Intel describes Jimmy as a research robot, but the company intends
to make 3D-printable plans available without charge for a slightly
less advanced version, and partners will sell components that cannot
be 3D-printed, such as motors and an Intel Edison processor, in
Jimmy can be programmed to sing, translate languages, send tweets
and even serve a cold beer.
Under Krzanich, who took over a year ago, the chipmaker is trying to
be an early player in emerging technologies like smart clothing,
after coming late to the mobile revolution and making little
progress in smartphones and tablets.
Its strategy includes engaging tech-savvy do-it-yourselfers and
weekend hobbyists working on everything from Internet-connected baby
blankets to robots and drones.
Owners of the robots will be able to program them to perform unique
tasks. They can then share the programs with other owners as