Intel Will Let You 3D-Print Your Own Robot This Year

By Leslie Horn on at

Your very own Wall-E? It may not be too futuristic a prospect if Intel has anything to do with it.

The company just showed off a DIY kit at the Code Conference that will let you 3D-print your very own robot for around $1,600/£1,000.

The at-home robot maker will be available online at 21stCenturyRobot.com later this year, and will include the designs for the hardware that anyone can make if they have access to a 3D printer. It will also give you the moving parts you can't print, like motors and wires and processors and batteries. The cost is relatively low because Re/Code says it runs on Intel Edison—a cheap computer on a chip. If it were fitted with a better brain, like say an i5 processor, it would run more like $16,000/£10,000.

And the robot is supposed to get better from the thing you'll be able to buy in 2014—it's open-source, so developers can build programs and apps for it and 'bot builders can download them at will. Robots will be able to do things like translate languages, or delivering a beer. Anything you want! Your open source Intel-powered robot is your oyster. And for not that much money, relatively speaking. [Re/code]