PocketC.H.I.P. Keyboard Mods, Mini Apple II, and Dial-a-Grue!

Very Impressive PocketC.H.I.P. Keyboard Cover by Dichstudios!

Very Impressive PocketC.H.I.P. Keyboard Cover by Dichstudios!

The first C.H.I.P.ster projects of 2017 look great! Dichstudios has created a fantastic new PocketC.H.I.P. keyboard case (we have one on order!). Cupcakus created what may be the smallest Apple IIe ever in existence. Pneumatic is porting Zork, the classic text-based adventure game, to be played with only voice interaction, all encased within an old rotary phone! Let’s get to it!

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All that Good Pre-Order Shipping Info!


Pre-orders are shipping soon and we’re just as excited as you (this post assumes that you pre-ordered and are excited).

UPDATED: For more up-to-date shipping information and estimates, please visit the NTC forum.

Pre-order shipments are scheduled to begin on June 25th!  Address confirmation emails will be sent over the next 48 hours. If for some reason you do not receive the email, you can confirm your address at track.getchip.com.


  • Address confirmations are necessary.
  • We’re shipping by order number, in batches over the next month.
  • Orders with PocketC.H.I.P. may be delayed slightly.
  • Shipping takes 2 weeks on average and is trackable.
  • Customers outside of the US may be subject to duties and taxes.

Now for detailed information in larger than fine print…
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How I Became a Hacker Using PICO-8 on PocketC.H.I.P.

Playing the PICO-8 game Celeste on Mega PocketC.H.I.P.!

Playing the PICO-8 game Celeste on Mega PocketC.H.I.P.!

To be completely honest, I didn’t get PICO-8 the first time I saw it back in October of 2015. At first glance, it was difficult to see why I’d love game developer software.

Now it’s June 2016, PICO-8 ships for free on PocketC.H.I.P. and I can’t stop playing with it.

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So Shiny, So Chrome – The Brand Spanking New C.H.I.P. Flasher!!!

C.H.I.P.s come pre-flashed with an operating system because we felt it should be usable out of the box. Installing an operating system can be an arduous process, especially when you’re raring to get started. We’ve definitely felt it ourselves…heck, even our own C.H.I.P. flashing process was arduous…until now!

Howie and Tina took to the challenge of a simple C.H.I.P. flasher and came back with our new C.H.I.P. web flasher for Google Chrome, now available in its Alpha Release. So what’s that mean?

You can now replace the operating system on your C.H.I.P. from your computer directly from the Chrome web browser. Just head to flash.getchip.com, and follow the on-screen instructions. All you’ll need is a C.H.I.P., a micro USB cable, a jumper wire or a paper clip, a computer with the Chrome web browser, and around 7 minutes. Keep in mind, this will replace the ENTIRETY of your C.H.I.P.’s storage. If there’s anything you want to keep, back it up before flashing.

The Flasher has 3 options: the C.H.I.P. boot repair tool, Debian on C.H.I.P. with GUI by Crunch (our most up-to-date factory flashed image), and Debian on C.H.I.P. without GUI by Crunch.

We’re super stoked to release this. It’s a vast improvement over our previous flashing process and the most exciting thing is it only gets better from here! Can’t wait to show you what else we have in store!

Let us know what you think in the forum. What works. What doesn’t work. It all helps us move forward.

Stay Tuned and Get Flashing!


Everyone at NTC especially Howie and Tina (and Barry Allen)

Thanks to Howie, flashing is relaxing!

Thanks to Howie, flashing is relaxing!

PocketC.H.I.P. Goes Tintyping

Gus and PocketC.H.I.P. (also pictured: me, ruining a perfect photo) Photography by Patrick Demmons

I made a ridiculous claim the summer after our Kickstarter campaign.  I would not shave until we started shipping C.H.I.P.s.  Committed, my appearance slowly got out of hand.

Gus was also growing out his facial hair, in preparation for a grizzled drivers license photo.  We joked we both looked like Civil War veterans. After months of talking about it, we took a half day to take period photos in period costumes.  We also brought PocketC.H.I.P..

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