I've seen this type of LCD many times in weigh scales, calculators, gauges, micrometers, etc. I know it's a fairly traditional display but I really like its compactness, simplicity, and maybe it even costs less, versus TFTs or smartphone-type touch displays.
[What is it called? Answered by @kevlar1818 and @stevenvh: "Seven-segment display"]
I would like to work with this type of LCD, for example, I just found this 8-digit one called VIM-878 from the Digikey catalog; here is its datasheet.
How do I interface with it? I would like to know what would be a good/common way of interfacing with it from a simple AVR microcontroller like an Atmega8 -- preferably with interfacing circuitry/parts that aren't too physically large.
- I presume some sort of driver or multiplexer would be necessary? I guess I'm looking for some beginning perspective from others who may have better experience interfacing with this type of LCD.