Few days back i bought an Arduino UNO board, this is my first Arduino Project and it was damn easy!! I can see the power that Arduino has to offer for hobbyist, i have worked on 8051 and few avr (without Arduino) before, doing stuff with an arduino is pretty easy and straightforward.
In this weekend project i am using a JHD162a (16x2 LCD) connected with Arduino UNO to display the name of the current song being played, i am running mpd on my machine so have used python-mpd to retrieve song info and pyserial to transfer the data over UART to UNO, the UNO just spits out the data received over UART to the LCD.
This is a copy of my earlier project which i did in my third year in college, but that was using a 8051 and i wrote a library (code available here) to control the LCD, currently i am using the LiquidCrystal Arduino library for that.
here is the demonstration
UPDATE -> song name, artist and time also added, video here
PS - you might also want to see the extremely cheap CNC machine being made by one of my friend