Geoffrey Wiseman

Nice to see something like, both because it allows people (makers / hobbyists) and startups to build USB devices, encouraging innovation, but also because it's fun to see bureaucracy defeated by its own rules.

I'm sure the USB-IF can make an argument for why it's important to have a unique vendor id and how their $5,000 fee is for the great good, but it's also pretty clear that that makes it harder for small projects to experiment with USB devices before they're ready to commit serious cash to the project.

I don't need a USB product id code, but I'm glad to know that if I did, there's a way to get it without paying $5,000 while I'm still in the experimentation / hobby stage.