The WebUSB API grants USB-connected devices direct access to web services. The draft API was recently published at WICG and the creators are open to feedback on GitHub. While the API is not a universal solution, it could have major implications for the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Microsoft has begun to roll out developer kits for Internet of Things, but it is doing it slowly. API Strategy Conference Early Bird registration ends August 8. Plus meet Breach the hackable web browser, and an Australia Hackathon offers $100k in prizes.