Open-Source Universal Data and Power Interface

The open-source universal data and power interface (OSUDAPI) is a small magnetically coupled connection type that uses fiber-optics at the point of transfer for data and also has two dedicated pins for ac or dc power transfer that is negotiated by the data channel before power tranfer begins.

This connection type replaces all home and auto power outlets coming in two household sizes and a third industrial size to accomodate higher power transfer rates. The same protocol can also be used for gasoline pumps at fuel stations to ensure that only the correct fuel type is dispensed. It can also be used in medical facilities for IV’s and in any other situation where ensuring the right connection is essential.

The data specifications remain the same for all sizes. This data connection type replaces USB, Thunderbolt, audio jacks, VGA, HDMI, RCA, and essentially all other data cables, including SCSI and other cables that are typically internal to the computer.

This enables using the same cable for serial, parallel, analog and power, but could easily lead to confusion with multiple wires in use all with identical heads. So these cord have a matching serial number printed at each end as well as two to four multi-colored strips of varying widths that provide over 1000 different easily distinguishable patterns so you can easily trace cords.

For each cord that is plugged in the devices perform a handshaking routine through the data channel to determine the capabilities of the device at the other end. For example, a phone is plugged into a power-source the phone sends info that it is able to both send and receive power at certain specs, but that it is currently low on power. The power source then responds that it can provide power. Later a headset is plugged into the same port and the phone send the same info, but the headset responds that it requires power but can provide audio input and output.

The physical make-up of the connector is such that magnetic portion is male on the left and female on the right. So that either end of a cord can be plugged into any port simply by rotating correctly, and any two devices can be connected.

The data and power transfers that any pairing is capable of is determined by the handshaking process. For devices that are not powered or have fully drained batteries. The handshaking protocol specifies that a small amount of power should be provided if no response is made to initial requests. This enables even non-powered devices to handshake.

As part of the roll-out of this connection type, adapters for every type of connection will be sold. The more popular ones will be sold in kits. Adoption will be accelerated by using the profits from the sale of adapters to subsidize the switching costs for manufacturers.

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