VIAM REGISTRY

Easily add new
functionality to any smart machine

Leverage the power of Viam’s open-source architecture to make smart machines interoperable with any hardware or software.
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We can’t foresee every piece of hardware you might want to add to your smart machine.  Nor can we predict which services you may want to give them - which may include anything from SLAM and computer vision to move them around to Linux tools and basic software to make them function.
So we created a system that makes it simple to future-proof your machines and build whatever they need.

Modular smart machine creation & customization

Viam’s modular platform makes it simple to create, publish, use, and share custom drivers for hardware and services with the wider developer community — or keep them private if you prefer. This ability to incorporate any kind of hardware, algorithms, or tools you need into your machine without a custom solution saves the effort and time needed to get your machine’s features just right.
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Viam’s Modular Registry is an open source marketplace with modules for any hardware component or service you want to add to your smart machine.
Write a module in any language for the functionality you want your smart machine to have, or use what developers have already shared.
Viam’s APIs enable modules to be deployed on any machine running Viam with a few clicks in the Viam app.
BENEFITS

Build or enhance the machine you want without integration headaches

Add any hardware component or service to your robot without tons of manual or custom work

Viam’s modular system allows you to integrate customized resources into any smart machine running on Viam by implementing a simple interface.

Write a plugin for any bespoke component or service with Viam’s Modular Registry

Viam’s cloud module registry allows developers to write a plugin for any component, publish it in Viam’s cloud, and deploy it to support any hardware as well as custom services like ML, SLAM, motion planning, and computer vision.

Save resources by utilizing a component or service another developer made

Modules for particular components created by other smart machine developers are freely available for you to use as part of Viam’s modular registry, with full information available about the module’s current usage, configuration and creator for full transparency.
FEATURES

Making smart machines more composable and versatile

Built-in resources supporting most common hardware or services

Viam comes with out-of-the-box resources and drivers for creating smart machines using the most common types of hardware and services.

Resource discovery and creation

Bring the power of open source to hardware. If a component or service is not part of Viam’s built-in drivers, you can easily add custom functionality to your smart machine using a module from the Modular Registry or use a Viam SDK to supply what you need.

Public or private module sharing

Users can share the modules they create in Viam’s Modular Registry to bolster the open-source community of developers, or keep them private as modules only shared within an organization.

Automatic Module Updates

Automate the upload of new versions of your module on release as part of a continuous integration workflow using GitHub actions, or update manually using the Viam command-line interface.

Rapid configuration and testing

Once you have configured a modular resource, you can test it from within Viam and swap out other resources on the fly as needed. It’s as simple as changing a few lines of configuration and testing it from the Viam app’s Control tab.

Resource monetization

Viam’s Modular Registry gives you the tools to share the customized resources you create, and you will even be able to turn them into revenue streams when other developers use them in the near future.

Use Cases

Add new features to machines
Code deployment
Machine testing and iteration
Extending machine lifespan
Machine learning
ROS module deployment

The power of a
unified platform

Viam Registry is part of a holistic platform that removes the need for complex integrations of various point solutions. By taking advantage of a comprehensive platform, Viam Registry customers are able to plug in and swap out different hardware components and services as needed to easily augment and supplement machine functionality in conjunction with the other solutions in the Viam Platform.

Viam Build

Add new functionality, components and services to your smart machines for simple testing and iteration.

Viam Mobility

Add any SLAM, navigation, or mapping algorithm to help your smart machine get where it needs to go.

Viam Machine Learning

Add any machine learning algorithm from any developer to your machine using the Modular Registry.
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An introduction to the Modular Registry

Viam CEO Eliot Horowitz provides an overview of Viam’s Modular Registry, the open source principles that underpin its marketplace, and its promise to greatly expand the volume and diversity of smart machines that can be created.
read the blog →

Further resources

Documentation - Extending Viam with modules
Don’t waste valuable resources on data that won’t enhance your machine’s performance - capture only the data you need and apply it to your ML model.
READ THE DOCUMENTATION
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Blog Post - Bringing the power of open source to hardware
Learn more about how Viam is partnering with leading hardware manufacturers like Nvidia to evangelize the power of ML on smart machines.
READ THE BLOG POST
The Modular Registry - Take a peek inside
See what modules are currently available for deployment to any smart machine, or create your own!
VISIT THE REGISTRY

Simplify smart machines now

Viam is an open source platform, and developers can sign up for free and get started right away.
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