5 Essential Projects For Every PocketC.H.I.P. Owner To Build

3D Printable D-Pad makes gaming more comfy

3D Printable D-Pad makes gaming more comfy

With PocketC.H.I.P.s shipping all over the world, here are 5 of our favorite projects to get you started. Most won’t take you more than 30 minutes to finish, and they will make your PocketC.H.I.P. the coolest device around. You’re in for some fun. Happy hacking!

1. Install Quake II

Get Quake II on your PocketC.H.I.P. today!

Get Quake II on your PocketC.H.I.P. today!

Follow Pocketeer Anthk’s instructions in the forum and you’ll be playing Quake II on PocketC.H.I.P. in no time. You’ll need to install a few required packages and compile Quake II from source code. But the compile time doesn’t take too long and the payoff makes it worth it!

2. Ditch the Headphones & Add a Speaker

It's quick and easy to add a speaker!

It’s quick and easy to add a speaker!

Jose, one of the NTC electrical engineers, added a speaker to PocketC.H.I.P. in about 5 minutes. You don’t need a degree in electrical engineering like he has to build this project. But plan about 20 minutes of build time to add the speaker and ditch your bulky headphones.

And if you’re looking to crank this the speaker hack to 11, check out the forum thread where Pocketeers added a speaker switch to toggle them on or off.

3. Host a DOOM LAN Party

Doom LAN party battle of the Stands: Team Pencil versus Team Pen

Doom LAN party battle of the Stands: Team Pencil versus Team Pen

Call your Pocketeer friends and make plans for a 90s-style Doom LAN party!

Follow our guide, and you’ll learn how to configure a Doom server that runs directly on PocketC.H.I.P. and can host connections from all your friends’ devices –PocketC.H.I.P. or any Doom playing devices (so basically anything). Happy fragging!

4. Get Turn-By-Turn Navigation

Turn-by-turn navigation with navit

Turn-by-turn navigation with navit

With a GPS module and a few minutes of hacking, transform PocketC.H.I.P. into an open source TomTom-like dashboard navigation system. Installs in seconds. No pesky automotive wiring necessary. Pencil stand not suggested (on your dashboard).

Here’s how to install the hardware and software to get PocketC.H.I.P. to tell you how to get there.

5. Add a Bigger Screen

Tony showing off his hacked PocketC.H.I.P.

Tony showing off his hacked PocketC.H.I.P.

Pocketeeers MarekLew, Kilrah, and cmspooner’s all contributed to adding a large display to PocketC.H.I.P. and documenting the process. They figured out a compatible display, discovered the necessary software configurations, and shared their findings in the forum as they went.

We’ve synthesized the information into one easy-to-deploy configuration file, check it out.


The post might be over, but the projects are not. Make sure to join the forum conversation with other Pocketeers, share tips, learn tricks, and document how you’re using your PocketC.H.I.P..

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This is all very nice. For us beginners, how about a nice, easy to understand manual. Also, you should sell USB A to USB A cables. I can’t find them anywhere.

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