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FIRST Announces ‘Game-Changing’ Technology Platform for use in Worldwide Student Robotics Competitions

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FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international not-for-profit K-12 organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, today announced that one of its four K-12 robotics programs, FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) targeted to middle and high-school students, has selected a game-changing technology platform beginning with the upcoming 2015/2016 season.

The new platform features robot and driver-station controls based on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, which is new in the large robotics competition arena. The new system will be demonstrated at the FIRSTChampionship in St. Louis, April 22-25, 2015.

The platform, which consists of handheld devices, will be powered by Snapdragon 410 processors from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, a FIRST Strategic Partner.

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