Intel, usually satisfied with developing processors, seems to have gotten bored with what the rest of us are doing with their tech. At a recent press event, chief executive Brian Krzanich showed off a pair of robots that the company and Trossen Robotics have been cooking up behind the scenes. The more charismatic of the two goes by the name Jimmy, and is designed as a research platform for professional roboticists. Jimmy's unnamed little brother, on the other hand, is designed to give anybody with a 3D printer a customizable robo-servant of their own.
If you've got the funds and a good deal of programming know-how, the $16,000 Jimmy is a pretty sweet little contraption. Equipped with an Intel Core i5-4250U fourth generation Haswell chipset, 4-16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 32GB solid state drive, Jimmy's got more brains than your mamma's desktop. It's equipped with wireless, Blueteooth, USB and HDMI so that you can choose how you interface with him, and can run for about an hour before needing a recharge.
The unnamed little guy, though powered by a less impressive Quark chip, does come at a marked discount. For $1,600, you can get your hands on a walking talking robot of your own. The robot's skin, face and hands can all be customized and replaced with parts you print on your own desktop 3D printer, and while you likely can write your own programs for it, the robot is designed to work with an app store, so you don't need a programming degree to get it on its feet. All we're asking for is an app for doing our laundry for us.