Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is planning to launch a fully customizable 3D printable robot kit to market by the end of the year with a consumer version starting around $1,600.
The hardware designs will be available online and would allow anyone with access to a 3D printer to generate and assemble the basic parts.
The kit will be going on sale at 21stCenturyRobot.com and will include everything that can’t be printed, including motors, wires, batteries, and processors. The consumer model will run on Intel Edison, which is a low-cost computer on a chip. A research version with an Intel Core i5 processor will cost around $16,000.
Within the next five years, Intel is expecting consumers to be able to build custom robots using its technology for less than $1,000. The robot is open source and will allow developers to build their own apps.
The 3D printed robot is known as “Jimmy.”