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    I'm sorry, and you are....? frodobaggins's Avatar
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    Any interest in character LCD program ?

    Obviously I'm busy programming the FrodoPlayer, but I just wanted to test the waters and see if there is any interest in a character lcd based program. I have a serial 4x20 Matrix orbital here and I thought about doing a small player.

    So is there any interest ?

    And if so, what features would you like in a program like this.


    Also other LCDs could be added, but since I'm broke, and suck at soldering, someone would have to loan it to me, pre-wired.

    But if you have a 4x20 MO, we should be all set !

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    I would like to see it in there. I don't really get into having TONS of options on a character LCD. But mainly like the idea of first line scrolling "Artist - Song" and second line reading out "quality - playback time/total time". I am hoping to do a reverse lcd reflected in the windshield and so only the basic features would be really wanted.

    However wouldn't it be easier to simply right support for one of the major lcd drivers like LCDC? So that the end user can just choose from available info sent from FrodoPlayer and layout as they choose? I know LCDC costs but I thought there were some other free ones?

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    In all actuallity, I want the programming experience of directly controlling it, but that is an option I will look into.

    Any more suggestions peeps ?
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    Might come in handy with speed and other information from the gps on the character display, when running a fullscreen vis.
    Dunno how to calc these things, but i must be possible to do.
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    Originally posted by cvi
    Might come in handy with speed and other information from the gps on the character display, when running a fullscreen vis.
    Dunno how to calc these things, but i must be possible to do.
    /cvi
    I don't think you are understanding, this is for a character lcd ONLY program...
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    I think CVI is saying it would be cool to display the gps stats while the Graphical display was in use.

    Full screen vis running on graphics display, and Speed and heading info on the chacter display.

    Anyway - I have a 2x20 Matrix orbital serial VFD. I also have a parallel 2x40 LCD.

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    would be nice to see a player that supports the cheaper serial backpacks.
    wirz and seetron. one can buy matrix orb and crystal but they aren't cheap. surplus character lcds abound and a wirtz or seetron backpack lets you use the easily extendable serial port.

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    Originally posted by gizmomkr
    I think CVI is saying it would be cool to display the gps stats while the Graphical display was in use.

    Full screen vis running on graphics display, and Speed and heading info on the chacter display.
    I understood, that may be an option on future FrodoPlayer releases(hell release 1 is still delayed..)

    but mainly in this thread I want ideas for a character LCD ONLY application. No full screen lcds...




    Anyway - I have a 2x20 Matrix orbital serial VFD. I also have a parallel 2x40 LCD.

    frodobaggins - It's not pretty, wiring harness just kinda hanging off, but if you want it - say the word.[/B]

    Yes I would love to test them out and program for them, PM me and we can work out the shipping and the time for me to return them to you.
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    Originally posted by davesaudio2
    would be nice to see a player that supports the cheaper serial backpacks.
    wirz and seetron. one can buy matrix orb and crystal but they aren't cheap. surplus character lcds abound and a wirtz or seetron backpack lets you use the easily extendable serial port.
    Send me one and I'll look !

    but anyway, by the time you buy a backpack and and a surplus lcd, and them hooked it all up, you've spent about the same money with twice the work
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    I've definitley got some interest, as you know, I'm trying to learn by doing and come up with my own solution. If I do something though, it'll be very rudimentary.

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