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Displaying data with analog gauges

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Hello, I'm sorry if this has been asked before. I've been searching but couldn't find any topic on this.

I'm brainstorming a case mod for a custom water cooled pc I'm planning, based on a B17 flight engineer's station. I'm planning on covering the facia with servo driven gauges for things like CPU speed, voltage, and temp, pump speed, etc.

Could I use AIDA64's display options, after being fed through a microcontroller, to do this? I'll be using Aquacomputer's Aquaero products, as well, including Aquasuite.

Thanks for your time.

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It would be a quite complicated project :) First of all, you have to develop the hardware + firmware to drive the gauges using a microcontroller. Then you have to connect each gauge to your PC via a standard interface. Considering you would have multiple gauges, using USB, LPT or RS232 may not be the best idea, unless you drive multiple gauges from a single connection. But, even after you've solved the hardware side, you would have to develop a Windows driver and software as well, to process the data coming from AIDA64 and send it to the gauges.

Regards,

Fiery

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That certainly sounds detailed. I've found a couple projects that could drive a couple gauges, built using an open source lcd display, the use of which is detailed below. I found an Arduino expansion board on adafruit's website that can drive 16 servos, and scales up.

Arduino project: http://www.uchobby.com/index.php/2008/02/12/arduino-analog-gauge/

Original: http://web.archive.org/web/20080204005006/http://www.diylife.com/2008/02/02/show-pc-stats-on-analog-gauges/

LCD Smartie: http://lcdsmartie.sourceforge.net/

Wish me luck

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