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Daily News Round #2 for October 20, 2004

Daily News Round #2 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages for October 20, 2004

By Steve Dougherty | Oct 20, 2004 06:57 am CDT

- VIA Showcases Robotics Innovations at RoboNexus 2004

Here's a rather interesting and inventive concept I must say. VIA have today issued out a PR introducing "The Prodigies", 2 young students making up their official team for the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 autonomous vehicle off-road race to take place soon. They've constructed an all-terrain autonomous vehicle stamped "The eXpeditor" which makes use of a VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard as it's brains behind the navigation system. Prior to the DARPA Grand challange of which first place dishes out $2,000,000 USD in prize money (fwoar!), you will be able to see The eXpeditor on display at VIA's booth (#310) during the RoboNexus event which runs from Oct 21 to 23 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in the states. Full details within VIA's supporting PR.

Santa Clara, California and Taipei, Taiwan, 20 October 2004 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today unveiled The Prodigies, VIA's official team for the DARPA Grand Challenge 2005 autonomous vehicle off-road race. The Prodigies and their robotic vehicle, the eXpeditor, will be in attendance at the VIA booth #310 at the RoboNexus event Oct 21st to 23rd along with new commercial robots from White Box Robotics and RoboDynamics at their own booths respectively.

The Prodigies is made up of two extraordinary young students Nicholas Hoza and Christopher Medrzycki (15 and 20 years old) who have built from the ground up their own autonomous vehicle using a VIA EPIA Mini-ITX mainboard as the PC brains for their vehicles navigation system. eXpeditor which will be on display can drive and navigate on its own and has been designed to conquer the hazardous off-road conditions that will make up the trail of the coming DARPA Grand Challenge which offers US$2million in prize money to the winner. Be sure to visit booth #310 to see eXpeditor first hand.

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