A colleague picked up something very similiar (the same?) as this component: http://www.lc-led.com/View/itemNumber/351
She got it at Creatron, here in Toronto. I can't find any resources that explains documents the interface. There are twelve pins on the back of it, and the the link above has a partial datasheet that seems to explain how the LED segments are numbered, but nothing else. I have to head out now. I'll just start experimenting with it later tonight, but if anyone has better documentation of these things, would totally appreciate any pointers.