Antique Second Life: Smart Home Wall Mount Rotary Phones & Bluetooth Toasters!

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Phonos – A Wall Mount Phone retrofitted with a C.H.I.P. to Voice Control your Smart Home.

Hardware hacker jezra has two rad C.H.I.P. projects primed for a weekend build: a Bluetooth toaster and a wall mount rotary phone for smart home voice commands.

Hacking hardware with C.H.I.P. is a favorite Next Thing Co. past time, from C.H.I.P.py Ruxpin to the Alex ‘n Say to pretty much anything PocketC.H.I.P. There was a collective woooweee passing through the NTC office when we came across forum user jezra‘s recent C.H.I.P. projects: a voice control input system housed in a wall mount rotary phone and a Bluetooth speaker disguised as an antique toaster. While they may seem like surprising choices for a hack, we can’t find any fault with his reasoning.

“All devices eventually speak, and they always say the same thing. Sometimes their words are a deafening roar, and sometimes they whisper ever so softly, but their message never changes. Take me apart! Who am I to ignore such a plea? :)” Well said indeed, jezra.

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Robot Arms, WetterBot and Pocket Operators!

Meet WetterBot.

Meet WetterBot.

The C.H.I.P.ster community continues its 2017 hot streak with Jan Van den Brink’s C.H.I.P.-powered Robot Arm, @RobertKatzki’s WetterBot and a PocketC.H.I.P. + Pocket Operator Collaboration by @emdkay. Let’s dig deeper!

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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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Build Your Own C.H.I.P.Station Portable

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Readers with a sharp eye will notice that this PlayStation Portable (PSP) is rocking a C.H.I.P.ster logo. But this isn’t a fancy PSP desktop wallpaper, this PSP isn’t even really a PSP at all, this is a C.H.I.P.Station Portable (or CSP for short).

The latest work of C.H.I.P.ster JKW, C.H.I.P.Station Portable uses the stock PSP buttons, screen, and case, but replaces all of the other electronic guts with a C.H.I.P. and a custom DIP. You don’t have to wait in line for this custom console, it’s all open source, so you can build your own!

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This C.H.I.P.-powered Art Project Can Read Your Mind

Inhibition, a C.H.I.P.-powered electroencephalogram (EEG) headset, is the latest work of Marinos Koutsomichalis, a creative technologist and scholar interested in the interplay between humans and machines.

Commissioned by Onassis Cultural Centre and Ars Electronica for the Hybrids group exhibition, the piece is on display in the Athens, Greece through the end of January 2017.

EEG is traditionally known as a medical test for the human brain that’s been around since the 1920s. Electrodes are placed on the head to monitor and record voltage fluctuations between neurons in the brain. Doctors use this data to help diagnose abnormalities in brain functioning that could suggest preconditions for epileptic seizures or indicate the patient has sustained a head trauma. It’s a medical technology that reveals fundamental brain health, but recently there is a crop of new applications for EEG, such as Inhibition .

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