The LCD Smartie Kit 20X4 White on Blue with USB/UART Interface is a module that can display all kinds of stats, data, text, and characters directly from your PC and the Internet.
The LCD.exe program (Under the Resources tab) can directly interface to the LCD and display whatever 4 line by 20 character wide message you'd like to put on it. The same message will also display in LCD.exe program on your desktop. To configure your LCD with this program just right click the display that appears on the set it up to your corresponding COM port and character display (20X4) and then input whatever text you'd like to display.
Use the open source LCDsmartie program (for Windows) to display realtime data such as RSS feeds, Computer hardware statistics (CPU temperature, fan speed, memory usage, etc.), Winamp data (song titles, time remaining, etc.), Network stats (speed, bytes transferred, etc.), Gamestats for games such as Quake III and Half-life, email data, and more.
There are a bunch of RSS feeds supplied but feel free to paste in your own links and watch the LCD scroll your favorite feeds. In order to configure the LCD in the LCDsmartie software just choose the 'matrix.dll' plug-in and configure it to the COM port that the display module shows up as (ex: COM3, 9600). Inside the software you can also freely adjust the LCD contrast and brightness from the LCDsmartie software with a quick and easy slide bar.
Another bonus feature is that this module is a very affordable serial-parallel LCD interface that comes with a 20X4 LCD!!!
Be aware that to use this module with your PC you'll have to install the SiLabs CP2102 driver which allows the module to serially communicate with your PC via USB.
To display system and other editable information
Version No.: Edition I
Software: Compatible with LCD Smartie only
On-board Components: USB-to-TTL serial port converter CP2102
Ports Available: 1. USB mini B, US