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Intel robot ready for its close-up—makers welcome


The UpTake: Intel may be best known for powering up PCs and tablets, but as consumers look to bring the power of computers everywhere, it is also working with makers and entrepreneurs who want to tinker in wearable tech, the Internet of Things and yes, even with their own customizable 3D printed robot.

From a wearable tech jacket that lights up to 3-D printed robots that are powered by mobile apps, Intel is building up its rep not just as the company that enables your PCs, tablets and servers, but as a tool for tinkerers and the makers' movement.

Intel futurist Brian David Johnson, a self-described "geek" and science fiction fan who has been thinking about building a robot for 10 years, first publicly introduced Intel's 2-foot-tall robot "Jimmy" a year ago. Tomorrow, it will be available for purchase as of 10 a.m. ET, to celebrate this weekend's World Maker Faire in Queens, New York, where Intel is a sponsor.

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