New Direction for Effects Pedals?

I’ve long thought that it would be really slick to instrument some of my guitar effect pedals with a couple of PIC chips to add in some nice computer control capabilities. Being able to to control the volume, tone and sustain all in sync on a Big Muff pedal all while playing some whacked out Chrome-esque riffs would be truely sweet.

I’ve heard of other doing things similar to this on various DIY forums and such, but it looks like Guyatone is getting in on the game with some nice (though not cheap) commercial models.

The signal path is all analog, with digital circuitry to control the analog components (a bit like a modern Moog synth).

Music thing: Guyatone Optical: Huge, expensive, analog effects