Since we released TeleOp for ROS in June, this ability to control a mobile robot from anywhere in the world quickly became our users’ most used feature. We’ve listened to your feedback, stress-tested it in all kinds of situations and worked day and night to make it better. Today, I’m thrilled to announce the first major update to it, Pilot 1.5.
A faster and more reliable real-time connection for confident control
- Is 16x more stable in poor network situations,
- Increases frame rates by a whopping 48%,
- Reduces latency by 35% and making it 10x more consistent
Watch me control a Fetch robot located on the other side of the US:
Advanced gamepad control from anywhere in the world
The ability to control a robot arm from anywhere was highly requested. The improved connection also made it possible to control robot arms, hybrid service robots, and other actuated robots that needed more than a Twist message. We now fully support Joy messages through Pilot 1.5, enabling low latency, high frequency control of a robot arm.
Here’s me controlling a Fetch robot from my home (I only wish I had one ).
If you’d like to try this for yourself for free, we have a neat tutorial on setting this up, which will take you less than 10 minutes to complete.
We also increased made the app faster, reduced CPU footprint on the robot, released support for several maps at once, and a new & improved settings UI. I think our team is still letting folks try out the platform for 1 robot free for a year, so sign up and try it out!