The RICOH THETA USB API is available on all RICOH THETA models, including X, Z1, V, SC2, and S. It is based on the PTP/MTP standard for interfacing with cameras over a USB cable. The USB cable can power the camera indefinitely. On Windows desktop, MTP extensions are popular. On Mac and Linux, gPhoto2 and ptpcam are widely used.
The most common compute platforms are Raspberry Pi and NVIDIA Jetson due to the low cost of the computers and the ability to handle robotic control functions on the same device.