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Intel introduces walking, talking, tweeting robot

Robot made from 3-D parts unveiled at Re/Code conference on Wednesday

Jimmy is described by Intel's futurist, Brain David Johnson as being like a smartphone with legs.
Jimmy is described by Intel's futurist, Brain David Johnson as being like a smartphone with legs.

Intel unveiled its walking, talking and tweeting robot at the Re/Code conference in California on Wednesday.

Made from 3-D printed parts and costing around $1,600, Jimmy will be available to consumers later this year.

Brain David Johnson, Intel's futurist said that he wanted to design a robot that owners could personalise for their own purposes. Functions include singing along with users, translating languages or delivering cold drinks.

"It's like a smartphone with legs," he said. "Your robot will be completely different from mine; you customise it and program the artificial intelligence, not by having a PhD in robotics, but by downloading apps."

The robot is also open source, allowing developers to build their own apps and users to download whatever software applications they want to run on their machines.

The kit will go on sale at 21stCenturyRobot.com and includes everything that can't be printed such as the motors, wires, battery and processor.

Intel expects that consumers will be able to build custom robots using its technology for less than $1,000 within the next five years.