So I plan on augmenting a USB drum pad with some additional buttons/encoders and want to add an LCD/display of some sort. I basically use a laptop with my laptop off to the side and dimmed and that's perfect, but for this particular extension/device I'm building, I will switch between sample banks and need to know what I'm doing as I have 50+ banks and can't possible memorize all that.
I was planning on using an Arduino and hacking it into the same enclosure then hopefully using a mini USB hub internally so I only have 1 USB cable coming out of the device, but I remembered all the problems I've had when using serial devices in max. I don't want to welcome crashes and/or kernel panics, not to mention needing to select/mount the specific serial port every time being a pain in the butt.
SO, is there a way to get text data (like a 2-3 line 10 character LCD display amount of information) out of Max without using a serial connection? Can class compliant MIDI over USB send text? To an Arduino?
There's also a more expensive route of using an old ipod touch but that's expensive, difficult to mount, I'd have to worry about batteries/charing etc...