Spot is a busy dog and while we gained a lot of learning from this experiment we are putting it on pause for the moment.
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When is Spot available?
Spot will be available to play Monday - Friday from 7 am to 7 pm PDT. We encourage you to come back when Spot’s available.
Spot should be up but I still can’t get in the queue?
As you might expect we can experience very high volumes. If the wait gets extensive we will close down the queue for new participants. Additionally, there are sometimes where Spot just doesn’t want to cooperate and chooses to take a nap in the middle of the day. Spot needs rest too!
Will I be able to share the experience with others?
Yes! We will record a part of your session and provide you with 4 video clips to review and share after your session is ended. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PlayWithSpot
Can anyone participate?
Yes, this experience is open to everyone.
Can I walk Spot?
Nope. Formant’s software allows full control of Spot, however for this experience, you are able to move and pose Spot in place. He is on a leash (power cord) and needs to stay put. Heel!
How long can I play with spot?
Each session is 90 seconds long. Want more time? No problem just get back in the queue and do it again.
How do I control Spot?
Formant’s teleoperation interface is very intuitive. You can use the on-screen controllers via touch (mobile), mouse (computer), or keyboard (W,A,S,D + Arrows). We have created a short training video to help familiarize users.
Why are you doing this?
We want to expose the power of robotics to a wider audience and in doing so we are testing our teleoperation performance to improve the experience of our platform for commercial customers.
What if my connection Isn’t great?
If you are experiencing delays or loss of signal in the video your single strength may not be strong enough. We suggest you play with spot from a wifi connection.
Can I use my phone to control Spot?
Yes, in fact, we encourage you to do this from your phone.
Can I use a joystick to control Spot?
Formant does support the use of joysticks, but depending on your set up you may encounter issues. We suggest you use the keyboard or mouse for this experience, but if you want to use a joystick you can try testing it to give you a better chance of success. To check go here.
Can Spot see me?
Negative, Spot just wants to be played with. This is a one way relationship.