22 Jul 2003 Timster   » (Master)

VIA I mentioned in some of my earlier posts, is taking a much more active role in the Robotics area this year. As with any company we follow the trends that lead us towards new business opportunities, and particularly in what is primarily the PC industry for VIA. This year with the messaging about our small and low powered VIA EPIA Mini-ITX series of mainboards getting quite a bit of attention, we've attracted a whole host of different device types and also the robotics community.

Between companies like SRI International and their Centibots project, and some "unable to mention as yet;)" partners, as well as the enthusiast community, we began to develop our strategy. It's a continuously evolving one but it allows us to explore a whole host of areas. The best part is that I get be a driving force internally:) wuhoo!

A couple of updates for those who are interested:

We're sponsors for LinuxWorld this year and together with SRI we'll be doing a demo of their Centibots.

We've sponsored Viriginia Tech's "Team AUVT" as the "PC Brains" behind their autonomous submarine in the upcoming competition put on by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Once again the EPIA Mini-ITX platform was a good fit.

We'll also be sponsoring a community website (sorry Robots. net :) that should be starting soon. I will continue to participate in the robots.net site, its just that Mobile Robotics gives VIA a little more flexibility and control in how we show our content, hopefully without sacrificing the integrity of the site. It would be nice if you would give it a look and feedback on how it should shape up.

We've also started to express our Robotics Initiative on our corporate site. Its not much at the moment, but look for it to grow.

My personal goal is to get on Robots.net weekly and give an update, as well as chime in anytime something interesting pops up that I can't keep my opinion to myself about.



Appropriate links:

SRI http://www.ai.sri.com/project/Centibots

Team AUVT be sure to visit their website: http://www.fbox.vt.edu/eng/aero/AUVT/index.html

The VIA Robotics Initiative http://www.via.com.tw/en/robotics/robotics.jsp

Mobile Robotics http://www.mobilelinux.com

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