Intel has introduced a walking talking robot that can be assembled from parts of a $1,600 (£960) 3D-printed kit.
The robot, named Jimmy, joined Intel’s Chief Executive Brian Krzanich on stage during the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Wednesday.
The white 2-foot tall robot shuffled onto the stage, introduced itself and then waved its arms. It can be programmed to sing, translate languages, send tweets and even serve a cold beer. The product aims at tech-savvy geeks, do-it-yourselfers and weekend hobbyists working on everything from Internet-connected baby blankets to robots and drones.
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 programme them to perform various tasks. They can then share the programmes with other owners as downloadable apps.
Under Krzanich, who became Intel's CEO a year ago, the chipmaker is trying to become an early player in emerging technologies like smart clothing, after coming late to the mobile revolution and making little progress in smartphones and tablets.
Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, hopes the price for the robot kits will fall below $1,000 within five years.