[PATCH] Support for OWI/Maplin USB Robotic Arm

Maxin B John maxin.john at gmail.com
Tue Oct 9 03:52:56 UTC 2012

Hi Greg,

On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 7:55 PM, Greg KH <gregkh at linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 08, 2012 at 05:29:43PM -0400, Maxin B. John wrote:
>> Hi Greg,
>> This driver helps us to control the OWI/Maplin USB Robotic Arm device.
>> I have tested this driver in my x86 Laptop and it works as expected
>> (Some clean-ups and modifications are in the pipeline, though).
>> After review process and the life in staging,I hope this driver will
>> find it's place in "drivers/usb/misc/" :)
>> The userspace utility program is available from the below URL:
>> https://github.com/maxinbjohn/robotic_arm_driver
>> OWI/Maplin USB Robotic arm is available from:
>> http://www.maplin.co.uk/robotic-arm-kit-with-usb-pc-interface-266257
>> http://www.owirobots.com/cart/html/owi-535pc-robotic-arm-kit-with-usb-pc-interface-assembled.html
>> Please let me know your comments.
> Very nice, but are there any real requirement to have this be a kernel
> driver, and not just be driven from userspace through libusb/usbfs
> instead?

Thanks. A number of people are using the libusb based userspace
applications to control these devices. This was an attempt to remove
the libusb dependency and control the device easily like:
# echo 1 > /sys/bus/usb/drivers/robotic_arm/5-1:1.0/led

> thanks,
> greg k-h

Best Regards,
Maxin B. John

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