Intel Futurist Shows How You'll Download and Program Your Own Robot Next Year
Johnson said the plan is to create a kit that would be available for purchase for less than $1,000 no later than May of next year. He said he hopes to get the whole cost down to under $500. And if you’re in New York he’s also giving away copies of a book called “21st Century Robot” that contains the open source files for printing the robot parts.
I think the challenges are price ($1000?! That's more than an iPad!) and differentiation from all the other robots out there available to purchase.
As with 3-d printers and Google Glasses, fun for early adopters but most consumers will wait.