Robot tab

The files stored on the robot can be viewed whether the ZBOS Control is connected locally or when connected via the cloud. However, certain options are only available when connected locally (e.g. uploading files directly to the robot).

Tap the tab 'Robot' in the multimedia-page while ZBOS Control is connected to the robot using the local wifi or hotspot:

  1. Tap the icon or thumbnail to show the file on the tablet/smartphone (1)

  2. Tap the name of the file to rename the file

  3. Tap the icon md cloud upload to upload the file to the cloud

  4. Tap the icon md download to download the file (2)(3)

  5. Tap the icon md trash to delete the file from the robot

  6. Use the buttons 'Select files' and 'Upload' to upload files (2)(4) to the robot

  • (1): This option is only partially available when connected using the cloud, and is only available fo video- or image-files.

  • (2): This option is only available when connected to the robot using the local network.

  • (3): The file will be downloaded to the folder 'Download/ZBOS/Media'.

  • (4): Multiple files can be uploaded at once.

Navigating the list

The list of media-files will be retrieved in separate pages (up to 50 items per page). Swipe the list up or down to proceed to the next page, the previous page or to refresh the list.

Next page

Swipe down to view the previous page


Previous page

Swipe up on the list to view the previous page


Refreshing page

Swipe up on the first page to refresh the list of items in the list:


Differences between cloud and local connection

The following options are changed when viewing the files when connected via the cloud (e.g. when using the website):

Local Cloud
robot local view
differences cloud local
  1. Previews will only be available if the files has been synced with the cloud

  2. The download-button is no longer available

  3. Uploading files directly to the robot is no longer possible

Use the sync-feature in the Cloud tab to store files on the robot.

Viewing the media-file

  • Thumbnails will only be availabe for video- and image-files.

  • The preview will change based on the type of media to show (e.g. video-controls for a video-file ).

  • For video- or audio-files, tap the settings () and then tap the option 'Download' to download the file.

Tap the icon/thumbnail to show (or stream) the media-file from the robot to the tablet/smartphone:


A new modal will be shown displaying the file:

  • Tap the icon in the top-right corner of the modal to close it.

  • Tap the download-button md download to download the file to the folder Download/ZBOS/Media on the tablet/smartphone.

Renaming a media-file

Tap the name of the media-file to edit the name of the media-file:


A border will be shown, indicating the filename will be edited.


Enter the new filename and tap outside modal to apply the change.

The file-extension (e.g. .mp4, .mp3, …​) can’t be edited using ZBOS Control.

Upload file to the cloud-account

This icon will only be shown if the file isn’t available on the Cloud-account.

Tap the 'Upload'-button to send a file to the currently connected account:


A message will be shown in ZBOS Control showing the file is being uploaded to the cloud-account:


The following message will be shown once the file has finished uploading to the cloud:


Download the media-file

Tap the icon md download to download the file to the tablet/smartphone.


The file will be downloaded to the location Download/ZBOS/Media. After the file has been stored, the following message will be shown:


Deleting a media-file

This may cause some content to not be displayed (e.g. in kiosks, compositions, surveys, …​).

Tap the button md trash next to the media-file to remove the file from the robot.


Upload file(s) to the robot

This option will only be shown if ZBOS Control is connected using a local network to a robot.
SVG-files can be uploaded, but previews are currently not supported.

Tap the option 'Select Files' to select a multimedia-file stored on the connected device:


Select the file(s) to upload to the robot in the shown explorer-window. The file-name will now be shown in the bottom bar.

A warning will be shown if the uploaded image is too big. This could cause the image to load slowly. Reduce the file in size and/or quality and try again.


Select multiple files to upload (optional)

If multiple files need to be uploaded, tap the bottom bar to display an additional modal showing the file(s) to be uploaded:

The currently selected file(s) will be shown in the list.

Tap the button 'Add files' in the modal and select another file to upload in the shown explorer-window.


This file will be shown in the list in the modal. Tap the icon to close the modal:


The selected files will now be shown in the bottom bar (separated by ' + '):


Upload file(s) to the robot

Tap the 'Upload'-button to upload the files from the tablet/smartphone to the robot:

The file-upload will be shown for each file separately.

Special files (local upload only)

There are 2 special file-types that can also be uploaded *using a local connection*, specifically:

  • ZIP-files

  • APK-files

Uploading a zip-file

The zip-file can only contain multimedia-files. Multimedia-files in a folder-structure or non-multimedia files (including zip-files) will not be processed by the robot.

A zip-file containing only multimedia-files in the root (e.g. exported zip-files from kiosk- or survey-datasets) can be uploaded in one go to the robot. Tap the upload-button to select the zip-file and upload it to the robot.

Once the upload finishes, the zip-file will be unpacked and the multimedia-files will be shown in the multimedia-folder. There could be a little lag between the upload and the media-files being shown in the list, depending on the size of the content in the zip-file.

If a multimedia-file already exists on the robot, it will be overwritten.

Uploading an APK-file

To install applications on the robot without using the store, an APK file can be uploaded to the robot to run it.

Tap the upload-button and select the APK file on the connected device. Tap the Upload button to upload the APK to the device. This will show the installer on the robot where the user can choose to install the software on the robot.

It is highly recommended to only upload one APK-file to the robot at a time. Otherwise, multiple installation modals will be stacked on top of one another.