There are a LOT of different options that one can employ in an LCD Smartie setup, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what it is capable of. I’ve done a little XBMC-centric programming, just to get the display working with media. As of this writing, I have 3 different screens that activate based on whether media is playing or not.
The main LCD screen is a simple date/time display. On the second line of this screen, XBMC’s currently highlighted menu item is shown.
When a media file is playing, XBMC displays a pre-formatted text string depending on the type of media (TV, Movie, Music). Underneath, the time and duration are indicated.
When a media file is paused, the screen changes to a flashing “PAUSE” indicator that I put together.
I’ll be playing more with the screens and programming them for more functions as I add more to the setup, but for now, this will serve most of my needs.