/// Intel Futurist Shows How You’ll Download and Program Your Own Robot Next Year
So here’s a crazy idea that when you think about it a bit really isn’t so much anymore. If you could build your own robot, what would you have it do? If you’re the type who’s into building stuff and coding, you may soon get your chance, courtesy of an interesting project coming from the labs of chipmaker Intel. The company’s futurist, Brian David Johnson (who I interviewed a couple years ago ) is here in New York this weekend at the Maker Faire . He’s here to show off Jimmy, an open source robot assembled from parts fabricated on a 3D printer. He showed off Jimmy — or at least a non-working model of Jimmy — on CBS’s Saturday Morning today. (Video below.) Once assembled, Jimmy — or whatever you choose to name it — would be as readily programmable as a smart phone. You could also download and install apps that other people make as easily as you would install them on an iPhone or Android device. Johnson said the plan is to create a kit that would be available for purchase for less than $1,000 no later than May of next year. He said he hopes to get the whole cost down to under $500. And if you’re in New York he’s also giving away copies of a book called 21st Century Robot that contains the open source files for printing the robot parts. (The image above is a screen grab from a page eight of that book.) It turns out Jimmy’s sort of popular at the Maker Faire, as you can see from a picture Johnson shared on Twitter . (By the way Jimmy has his own Twitter account too .) More from #makerfaire ! Jimmy @21CRobot is getting really popular #21centuryrobot pic.twitter.com/LHpnNklYcm — Brian David Johnson (@IntelFuturist) September 21, 2013 Here’s the video from Johnson’s CBS interview.