OK... The Idea...
I was thinking that it would be nice to have a Microcontrolled LCD, that could also work with LCDinfo. ie; stick a micro between the LCD and the computer. This micro would have some data aquisition functions, a few Analogue inputs, a few more digital inputs (with timers of course), and possibly even the ability to access add-on data aquisition hardware via a serial interface.
The Micro would be one of these all-in one micro's with everything needed. The embedded software should contain a number of drivers for LCD's, and code with which to set these up. The LCDinfo driver/plug-in should of course become the setup interface. The analogue and digital inputs would be mapped to general plug-in variables. The plugin could be setup to scale the analogue input, taking into account any voltage dividers that are in circuit, as well as have a digital calibration setup. Possible space could be provide to upload either a startup graphic or a screen config for the LCD to display while power is connected, but LCDinfo hasn't taken control yet.
Anyway.. thats the basics... As for the details... well... I can help with hardware, wiring, schematics, and the concept (I like to think I'm an idea's man
). When it comes to software, at the moment, I'm very limited. I know it is all possible... I know it will take a reasonable amount of fiddling, testing, playing and refinement, but it's still all possible.
I was thinking one of the higher end PIC processors would be useful....
And well, the uses? Hmmm lets see... Apart from the obvious PSU voltages and fan speeds, and even temps. It could also be used to measure external sources, and not just related to the PC that drives it. It could be connected to door sensors, security alarms and anything else your imagination could come up with... It would provide a reasonably universal plugin for a number of differant tasks.
As you can see, in this idea, and in other I have posted (such as the Text reader plug-in idea) I am very much for making plugins that can be used for a multitude of uses, not just specific to one peice of software. While I do see the need for the plug-ins for specific software, they are very limiting, and time consuming. If you are going to take the time to program something, think about usage efficiency.
Make it usable for a multitude of purposes.
I realise that this project would be time consuming to develop, but I feel the outcome would be worth it, and once done, plans and code could be released for enyone to produce. Or... It could be sold as a kit through LCDinfo, to raise funds for future development, webhosting, and other worthwhile enterprizes.
Anyway, said my piece.... You all know what to do.