Introducing Formant’s New Free Tier

We have some big news: we’ve launched a new free tier of Formant!

This slimmed-down version of our enterprise-grade offering enables individual users to upload live robot data to the cloud and control their robot in real-time.

Here’s what you can do on our free plan:

  • Connect devices to the browser-based Formant platform using our agent
  • Stream data and video from ROS devices with minimal setup
  • Configure one dashboard per device with up to 12 modules
  • Teleoperate devices (with a 2-minute limit per session)
  • Easily ssh into devices, right from your Formant dashboard


Formant free tier dashboard

Starting today, those interested can sign up, copy one line of code, and immediately view real-time data or drive their robot – from anywhere in the world.


Why a freemium tier?

Since being founded in 2017, Formant has gained traction as the data platform of choice for robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) companies, with fast-growing companies like Canvas, Blue River Technologies, and Burro all leveraging Formant’s platform to manage field-deployed robots. 

Our new free tier is built for a slightly different user: the individual roboticist or early-stage founder.

The decision to release a freemium product was based on our experience working with robotics startups over the last five years, during which our team saw a number of patterns. One pattern is that successful robotics companies rarely build everything themselves. Instead, these companies leverage off-the-shelf solutions (both hardware and software) to get to market faster.

We hope that companies using Formant can spend more time-solving robotics and customer problems, instead of trying to build non-differentiating tools in-house.


What to expect

Initially released for ROS systems, Formant’s free tier will let engineers easily monitor ROS topics and key metrics from their devices out of the box. Users can also send commands to the robot, or even enter into full teleoperation mode to remotely control their robot, all with minimal setup time.


Formant free tier teleoperation experience

Formant’s free tier provides any roboticist with a fast and reliable cloud-based data infrastructure and teleoperation feature for their ROS-powered robots. It’s limited to a single user (and teleop sessions are capped at 2 minutes) but has no restrictions on the number of robots or data bandwidth.

We’re excited to offer the power of Formant’s platform to teams or individuals of any size, stage, or budget.

To learn more and explore our free tier, visit

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