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Flexiv Brings ROS 2 Compatibility to Its Robotic Range

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Flexiv announce the launch of its ROS 2 driver, making it easier than ever for developers to take control of Flexiv’s range of Rizon robots.

The Robot Operating System 2 (ROS 2) is a popular open-source framework allowing customizable robotic control solutions to be created.

Featuring an extensive software library including drivers and state-of-the-art algorithms, ROS 2 provides developers with the world’s most advanced free-to-use robotic toolkit.

With ROS 1 being released in 2007, the Open Robotics team was able to draw on over a decade of experience to create ROS 2. Built from the ground up to be industry-grade and used in production, ROS 2 is more reliable and has increased functionality compared to its predecessor.

Open Robotics, the developers of the ROS 2 Humble Hawksbill software, state that:“The purpose of ROS 2 is to offer a standard software platform to developers across industries that will carry them from research and prototyping through to deployment and production. ROS 2 builds on the success of ROS 1, which is used today in myriad robotics applications around the world.” ROS 2 is supported and tested on Linux, Windows, and macOS, allowing seamless development and deployment of on-robot autonomy, back-end management, and user interfaces.

Currently, Flexiv’s ROS 2 integration supports features related to motion planning. This means ROS 2 users can directly control the position, trajectory, speed, and torque of a Rizon robot in real-time.

Flexiv is committed to supporting full ROS 2 integration, and work is already in progress for updates which will include GPIO control, robot and system status viewing, plan execution and more.

To download the latest version of the Flexiv ROS 2 driver, please visit ROS 2 Driver documentation.


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