I’ve been wondering about a DIY project to build a USB switching box that would work for people who have teletype, ansible and grid. The idea would be to have a socket accepting external USB power, a socket for the teletype keyboard, a socket for grid, and sockets for ansible and teletype. Then on top would be a big switch that would connect the grid to either ansible or teletype (with the keyboard being disconnected whenever the grid was routed to teletype). Whicher position the switch was in, the power line from the USB power would be routed to the grid, bypassing the need for power from the modular environment. The point would be to allow you to easily use teletype grid ops and ansible at the same time without having to constantly juggle usb cables.
In my head, this all sounds pretty easy (hah!) but I’ve never messed about with USB stuff before and I wondered if any of you have any advice on things to look out for when switching sources like this. Ideally I’d want this to be entirely passive, but I guess if that’s not going to work, there might be some kind of microcontroller-based solution?
(Incidentally, I’ve not really kept track with the various monome-designed USB power and switching solutions, but I think none quite fit this use case with the teletype grid ops. Correct me if I’m wrong though!)