I recently purchased BCN3D Epsilon printer. With current firmware, connecting to the printer is not possible via serial interface. Instead the printer is remotely controlled via BCN3D cloud using http api calls.
I investigated would it be possible to create Octoprint plugin to control the printer, but as far as I can see, the current plugin api does not quite lend itself to this. I think that several manufacturers are going to this could direction, so should we think some kind of plugin or core changes to Octoprint to support this in generic way?
The Octoprint UI would lend itself without too much modifications. In addition to local and SD-card file lists new type of cloud file list should be added. Manual controls and terminal tab should be possible to disable because at least BCN3D does not support these. The major change is that instead parsing status and sending commands via serial port, the communication would be by polling HTTP api.
I have done very little development for Octoprint so I'd like to hear community input on would there be interest for these kind of changes and how would you design it?