One of the more impressive desktop 3D prints at the Faire was the early prototype of Jimmy, part of Intel’s Tomorrow Project experiment in using science fiction as a tool for both directing creative design and identifying strategies for taking real-world robotics technology evangelism into the mainstream. Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson could be seen in a number of venues at the Faire this year speaking and sharing about Jimmy, and those who approached close enough to see and touch Jimmy were impressed with both the design and execution of the toddler-scale robot.
Jimmy was designed in 3D and printed by the talented Wayne Losey of Dynamo Labs based on concept drawings from years of development at the Tomorrow Project initiative. Losey is a longtime veteran of the toy business, and while his technical ability to complete the project was never in question, he certainly earned his 3D Printing Skill Badge with Jimmy. This relative newcomer to desktop printing produced multiple full-build-envelop pieces almost flawlessly for an assembled prototype on his new desktop printers that I would argue looked better than professionally produced parts.
Learn more about Jimmy and the project Jimmy initiates here :
Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson presents Jimmy, the robot. Jimmy was born in science fiction, but he’s open source, he’s 3D printable, and he’s made to interact with humans. What’s more, he’ll be walking and talking by this November.