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Intel Corp has built a walking, talking robot made from 3D-printed parts that will serve you chilled beer from your refrigerators. The robot to be available to consumers at a cost of around $1,600 would be available later this year.
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.
Christened as Jimmy, Intel claims the robot can be programmed to sing, translate languages, send tweets and even serve you chilled beers. Intel also wants 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 programme them to perform unique tasks. They can then share the programmes with other owners as downloadable apps.
Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, hopes the price for the robot kits will be around $1,000 within five years.
Separately, entrepreneur Bill Gross announced plans for a 3D printer that would sell for $149, far less than devices that now typically sell for $1,000 or more.
Sources said, 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.
The company’s strategy includes engaging tech-savvy do-it-yourselfers and weekend hobbyists working on everything from internet connected baby blankets to robots and drones.