It’s been a busy week at NTC HQ with the launch of C.H.I.P. Pro and GR8, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t make time to keep tabs on the latest C.H.I.P. and PocketC.H.I.P. projects!
Here are three great community created projects that you should try: add El Wire to your PocketC.H.I.P., turn C.H.I.P. into a WiFi router, and upcycle your old parallel printer with a C.H.I.P. print server.
C.H.I.P.sters and Pocketeers are always busing making projects, mods, and writing up documentation. To stay up on all the latest content, keep your browser tabs pinned to the blog, forum, Hackster.io, and Chip-Community.org.
The absolutely coolest feature of 5T4RW1ND’s heavily modified PocketC.H.I.P. is the splash of hot pink from El wire. What’s not as easy to see about the hack is that it relies on a power inverter underneath a custom 3D printed keyboard enclosure!
Short for electroluminescent wire, El wire is a copper wire coated with phosphor, wrapped with a second wire, and protected within a transparent PVC sheath. When alternating current (A/C) is applied to El wire the phosphor illuminates in a neon-like glow.
But you can’t just directly hook PocketC.H.I.P. up to El wire. PocketC.H.I.P. uses direct current (D/C) from the 3.7 3,000mA LiPo battery, yet El wire requires A/C power. Fortunately, that’s a conversion that’s easily done using an inverter, and 5T4RW1ND wired one between PocketC.H.I.P. and the El wire.
Sharp-eyed Pocketeers will also notice this PocketC.H.I.P. also has a riff on Jose’s speaker hack project, a stylus sheath, and two custom feet for no-slip traction.
Yash Nayak is using C.H.I.P. as an inexpensive WiFi router to share a cable modem connection with multiple devices. You can read the full project instructions and it’s fairly easy to build your own version.
DNSmasq, a software package for setting up small networks, takes care of all the network routing and bridging. Nayak has all the steps covered to configured C.H.I.P. to broadcasts an SSID, making it appear to remote devices just like a WiFi router. In fact, it is.
Using C.H.I.P.’s flexible WiFi networking ability is a handy way to quickly create and extend a network. We used a similar setup with dnsmasq to create an ad-hoc network for RocketC.H.I.P..
Gerocortex had used an old computer to act as a print server for his ancient parallel port printer. But when the computer died, he didn’t throw out the printer. Instead, he used a Parallel-to-USB adapter and wired the printer directly to C.H.I.P..
Before your race out to buy the converter cable, make sure your printer is compatible with CUPS. Once you’ve determined if it’s supported, all you need to do is install CUPS, the Common Unix Printing System.
sudo apt install cups.
All that’s left is to do is plug in the Parallel-to-USB between C.H.I.P. and the printer, and configure CUPS using its web-based configuration tools. The full instructions are available on CHIP-Community.org, and it’s just one of the many helpful guides on the site.
If you end up saving your old printer with C.H.I.P., we want to see the old ink-spewing monster! Snap a photo and share it with the community on PocketC.H.I.P. forum section.
We want to see what you’re working on!