Hey! I’m Kyle Machulis aka qDot. I maintain a ton of different open source externals for Max/Pd for interactive hardware, from haptics to EEGs to vibrators to whatever other hardware finds it’s way into my hands. My externals page is at
Once that’s nice and tested, I plan on spinning it out into another repo, and possibly making a C version. I really don’t understand why ANT went the free-as-in-beer route with their stuff, ’cause I’m totally just reimplementing what’s on their page.
Keep an eye on http://www.openyou.org for more info about the ANT stuff, as I’ll probably post there as well as on my personal blog, but openyou is focused on sports and health hardware work.
I’m not quite sure yet. Part of the OpenYou project is to see if I can’t make a generalized ANT+ pickup off of an SDK or sparkfun board, and then just use that to talk to whatever device via protocol classes. So the Max/Pd external will probably be able to pick VID/PID for the USB so we can switch between whatever stick you may have, assuming all of this works. Right now, all I’ve got is a fitbit. I’m supposed to get getting suunto and garmin stuff soon though.