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PIC as in Programmable Interrupt Controller, or PIC as a small embedded micro-processor?

For the interrupt controller part, you can't really do much more than what it's already doing. Re-programming it is likely to just hang your machine.

For the embedded CPU part, you need to hook it up to some I and some O. Switches (with de-bounce) and LEDs come to mind, because they are easiest, but micro-relays and various ADC/DACs can let you do all kinds of process control.

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If you mean the PIC micro, then you can do anything with it that you can do with an embedded microcontroller. Build a thermostat, a 'guess the number' or 'memory' type game with LEDs and buttons, use a few FETs to drive a stepper or servo motor... :)

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