Here you can find the description of the Service USB plus, the variable USB interface for Apple Macintosh
It has an integrated wide range power supply and can be used all over the world on every power outlet.
The digital outputs can directly drive lamps, relays and motors up to 15 watt. The inputs can retrieve the status from switches and push buttons as well as the analog value from sensors in the range of 0-5V.
The scope of delivery includes a lot of Software, so that you can use the Interface of nearly every Macintosh-Program.
Where to use
Service USB plus has been proven in professional implementations for industry, tradeshows and entertainment. It can be used for example to drive special effects such as flashes or fog machines directly from Macromedia Director MX for concerts or tradeshows.
Further examples for using Service USB plus include complex measurement value logging with temperature, liquid, pressure or light sensors as well as remote control of slide projectors, relays, step motors, switches or push buttons. By combining multiple Service USB interfaces, up to 800 input and output channels can be handled by a single Apple Macintosh computer.
With Service USB plus, real-world devices can be controlled directly from standard Macintosh applications and programming languages such as AppleScript, Runtime Revolution, RealBasic, DirectorMX, 4th Dimension, FileMaker, Ragtime, MaxMSP, Scratch, C, C++, Cocoa, Java, Carbon and the UNIX-Shell. Service USB ships with a complete SDK including drivers, sample applications and documentation.
For connecting external devices, Service USB plus offers eight digital input, eight digital output and two analog input lines. The state of connections is displayed on 26 LEDs providing a visual control during operation. Service USB plus ships in a compact and robust aluminum case including 21 cable clamps for connecting control lines, a 25-pole standard connector replicating all signals and an RS232 interface for controlling additional devices.
In the case that Service USB plus does not match to your needs, we can develop special version for you.
Service USB plus is a standard interface and a technology. Standard interface means, that there is a box with some digital I/O which will solve a lot of customers tasks. Technology means that we can create other interfaces, made to customers needs. In the past, we made a lot of custom designs on this technology, like different kinds of motor control, film positioning and exposure units, scientific instruments and so on.
A Macintosh with USB and or OSX 10.5 to 10.8 is required to operate Service USB plus. For using the 12V/1,3A power outputs you must connect the interface to a 115 or 230V power outlet.
The Service USB Driver is universal binary and supports both Power PC- and Intel-based Macintosh computers. Up to 100 Service USB plus units can be controlled out of one Macintosh.
Here is the detailed description of all connectors and lamps.
The CD contains a generic driver, many examples and support for the following programs and frameworks:
USB interfaces - overview
|Product||Service USB plus||Service USB classic||Service USB core||Service USB RS232|
|Power supply||built in 115/230V||external plug 115/230V||from USB||from USB|
|Housing||Aluminium||Plastics||open frame||Sub D 25 connector|
|Intended use||Complete box for professionals||fischertechnik®||Base for self developed electronics||
USB/RS232 converter Receipt printer
On the picture you can see all four Interface models (from left to right)
Service USB RS232 - Service USB plus - Service USB classic - Service USB core