I'm designing part of a machine for my final year engineering project and I could use some help figuring out the right parts for a circuit i'm trying to create as part of it. Basically what I intend the circuit to do is is have the input to the circuit connected to the computer controlling the machine and the outputs to the circuits as a series of switches. what I intend the circuit to be capable of doing is to accept a binary signal as an input and to then break up the signal and distribute each 0 or 1 to its repective switch e.g. the first binary digit will go to switch 1, the second digit will go to switch 2 and so on. the number the switches recieve will tell it to be on or off. it's a fairly simple circuit as far as I can tell but I'm having trouble getting information for the parts I'd need, so any help or suggestions would be apreciated. I did consider using a series of microprocessor chips from hobbyist stores to break up the signal until it was in individual digits but that seems like an over-complicated solution to me.