Good news everyone! A new free and open source USB stack is now available for PIC microcontrollers. Today we finished testing and prepared a simple echo test that works with PIC 18F and 24F. We hope a demo release will get more developers involved. A release package and overview are in the forum. As always, thanks to Honken and JTR for making this possible.
Microchip has a free-as-in-beer USB firmware for the PIC microcontroller, but it can’t be redistributed. For a project like the USB IR Toy, we can give you our source code but not the USB source. You have to get that on your own from Microchip. It’s not a huge problem, but it is a barrier for people new to PICs. We used the Microchip firmware because it works great and there wasn’t an alternative.