WHAT?! You Can Now 3D Print Your Own Robot?!
Calling all Jetsons and Wall-E lovers: You will soon be able to 3D print your own adorable robotic companion. His name is Jimmy. Hot on the heels of Gaël Langevin’s InMoov, Brian David Johnson, a futurist at Intel, has released files for a 21st century social robot you can 3D print and customize to your liking. Rather than being a task-oriented bot (think Roomba, Droplet or Grillbot), Jimmy is designed to interact with you. Finally, a friend who’ll never get tired of hacking with us.
Being Intel’s on-staff futurist, Johnson’s job is basically to dream up cool new technology. And then to make it happen. (How can we score that gig?) At the moment, about 50% of Jimmy can be 3D printed, and Johnson aims to jump that figure to 100% by the end of the year. Well, except for the really techy parts like motors, circuit boards, etc. But the plastic parts? Have at it.
Johnson’s visions are all based around the robot manifesto: “A robot is: Imagined first. Easy to build. Completely open source. Fiercely social. Intentionally iterative. Filled with humanity and dreams. Thinking for him/her/itself.” Pretty cool. And to temper everyone’s doomsday fears about a robot that can think for itself, Johnson decided Jimmy had to be cute and nonthreatening (i.e., small). He developed his Jimmy through years of writing sci-fi short stories. Cue us nerd-ing our hearts out.
Jimmy will come with apps to hook up to your social media accounts. For example, you can link him to Twitter, tweet a joke and then tell him to laugh at it. Major score for bad joke tellers everywhere.
Jimmy is pretty revolutionary, seeing as you can truly make him yourself, even without robotics knowledge. Johnson believes “the future is for everybody,” which means the robot of the future is accessible and affordable. Once he’s completely 3D printable, the price of building the robot should be under $500. You can already download Jimmy’s book, which includes Johnson’s stories. An upcoming version will include design files.
Access to Jimmy’s design files means everyone will be able to personalize him to their tastes. Johnson specifically wants it to be a tool for people with autism. For example, the robot’s face is left intentionally blank. This allows people with autism to interact with him without needing to decode his facial expressions. Cheap, open source, adorable and inclusive. We’re totally on board with Jimmy.
Ready to print your own robot buddy? Or this all a little too Terminator for you? Let us know below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)