Almost a year ago, we put out a guide on how to create your very own LCD screen to output some basic system information. That project did not cost much, but it required some knowledge of soldering and piecing together different wires.
With the rise of interest in these LCDs, companies went to the drawing board and have put out numerous pre-configured devices. One of them being the L.I.S. LCD kit from VLSystem. L.I.S stands for Lost in Space, a company based out of Korea. Jab-Tech was kind of enough to send us a test unit to play with, we'll see what it can do.
Here are some features of the unit:
Various information of PC hardware and System can be displayed on this LCD.
Serial communication provides safe, stable, and fast output.
USB Power allows easy connection.
Fast full 8bit mode in order to use graphic equalizing function of winamp and splendid information.
The LIS Main Software is compatible across many PC platforms (WinXP, 2k, 98, ME)
The LCD is built into a silver bay insert with four brass screws securing it. Two buttons are positioned to the right for Power and Light. The finish on the unit is one of the best I have seen. Top notch design.
The box comes with the unit itself, a serial/USB combo cable, business card CD and a manual. The cable that's included helps power the unit by using the 5V splice from the USB plug. It probably won't be easy organizing the wire, but it is an innovative way to get the 5V. The 9-pin serial connector plugs into any of your COM ports. The software on the CD will let you set numerous options to start you off.
The back of the unit contains a few adjustable settings for the user. The blue resistor allows you tweak the contrast of the on the LCD. To the left of the blue block is a jumper block, with the last 2 pins jumpered. This is used to set the color on the LCD, for our unit it is set to the last position because it is supposed to display blue. Different voltages are needed for the Red/Blue/Green colors so setting this to anything that your model can not support will most likely cause the unit to malfunction.
Above and below the jumper block is the 2 pins for the Power and Light buttons.