Important Milestone and good news:
Over the years I've been in contact with several companies, asking them
to provide a Free software driver for their data acquisition. Now, I can
announce that I got for the first time a Free (*) driver to some data
acquisition system in electrophysiology. This is an important milestone,
as it shows that free software is also accepted in specialized areas and
by companies in the field of biomedical signal processing.
The driver is from Cambridge Electronic devices (CED) for their USB 1401
mk2 device (http://ced.co.uk/seu.shtml). CED is well known for their
high quality and high performance data acquistion systems in the field
of patch-clamp recordings and electrophysiology. I congratulate CED to
their decision, and my special thanks to Greg Smith from CED.
The code was send to me in a tar ball, under the the GPLv2 license, and
came with a note that the code is officially unsupported. So do not
pester CED with question. I cleaned up the code a bit, and make them
git clone http://pub.ist.ac.at/~schloegl/src/ced1401/.git
I guess this event should be used to think about the future of data
acquisition systems, and whether we can setup a completely Free data
recording system. If you have ideas, or want to help, please let me
know. Also, if you know of similar efforts and projects, please let me
(*) "Free" refers to the fact that source code is available, can be
used, investigated, changed and distributed.