Intel unveils 3D printed robot that serves beer

Intel has made a walking, talking robot 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 (£960).

The company’s CEO Brian Krzanich was accompanied by “Jimmy” on stage at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The white 2ft-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 kits.

Owners of the robots will be able to program them to perform unique tasks. They can then share the programs with other owners as downloadable apps. Jimmy can be programmed to sing, translate languages, send tweets and even serve a cold beer.

Intel hopes the price for the robot kits will fall below $1,000 within five years.

Under Krzanich, who took over a year ago, the chip maker is trying to be an early player in emerging technologies such as 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.

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