Anxiously waiting to give the “USB and Open Source” presentation at the Open Hardware Summit 2012. The presentation covers the history and conflicts between USB and open source.
Ian tried it out in a previous video, but since then we’ve refined and illustrated the presentation. You can download the latest files (Open Office Presenter, or PDF) from our SVN.
Every product using a USB connection requires a USB ID, which consist of 2 numbers. One is the Vendor ID (who made the hardware), the other is the Product ID (what product is it).
USB IDs are issued by the USB Implementers Forum, a group of manufacturers and software companies that agreed on a standard for USB. For $2000 you get your own USB Vendor ID with 65 thousand unique Product IDs.
This isn’t a lot for a big company or moderately well funded startup, but it’s crippling for hackerspaces, robotics clubs, or the kit maker trying to sell their first 20 projects.
The presentation defines the problem and looks at some of the solutions that have been tried in the past. The OHS presentation will be filmed and posted on the OHS site eventually, we’ll post a link when it’s online.