PocketC.H.I.P. Community Projects: a Pokémon Go Trainer Bot, a Drawing Robot, & a Brick-Built Stand

Build your own Pokémon Go Bot by following these instructions!

Build your own Bot by following these instructions!

Pocketeers are busy each and every week installing software, hacking hardware, and artistically adventuring with PocketC.H.I.P..

Some of this week’s highlights include a Pokémon Go bot that plays the game for you, a drawing robot controlled by sound, and a PocketC.H.I.P. stand fit for any home office.

As always, send us a picture or write-up of what you’re working on via Facebook or Twitter, and join in on the PocketC.H.I.P. conversation in the forums.

Are You a Better Pokémon Go Trainer Than a Bot?

At first, Giannoug wasn’t sure what project to try with his brand new PocketC.H.I.P., but then he found a Pokémon Go bot in Reddit’s r/pokemongodev/. With a bit of software installation, Giannoug got the Python-based Pokémon Go bot running on his PocketC.H.I.P..

The Go bot, created by the PokemonGoF, will visit Pokéstops and do other automated things for you in the game. But as Giannoug points out, don’t be a jerk and use it to torment gyms or other trainers. This should be used only for investigating how bots work.

If you do want to experiment with the program on PocketC.H.I.P., head over to Giannoug’s website for instructions. Make sure to setup the Go bot with a secondary account, and if you need help finding Pokémon, try this DIY PocketC.H.I.P. trainer project.


PocketC.H.I.P + Drawbot = Art

BrianTheBuilder attached his PocketC.H.I.P. to the TRS Drawbot to create robot-drawn art.

The TRS Drawbot is the work of Sean Michael Ragan and Mikal Hart. Plug an audio source into the Drawbot, play a specially designed audio file, and Drawbot will actuate servo motors and draw. See it in action in the the video above.

Using an audio signal to control a robot works because servo motors are driven by a series of pulses. Typically these pulses come from an integrated circuit, but it turns out you can use Ragan and Hart’s special software to create an audio track that will control them too.

Drawbot’s software converts an SVG image file into a WAV audio file. And since PocketC.H.I.P. can easily playback WAV files, it’s the perfect little device to control Drawbot. Though the audio file isn’t something you’d want to listen to, the Drawbot servo motors love to move to its beat. Ragan has a great write-up about the technical details and a brief history of using audio signals to drive motors. It’s definitely worth reading.

Random Note: This combo brought a smile to my face, since I worked behind the scenes on the Drawbot project. It’s clear that BrianTheBuilder is a patient man — the Drawbot can be challenging to configure. It’s one super cool, but finicky robot artist!


PocketC.H.I.P. Stands at Attention

Custom PocketC.H.I.P. stand by Steve Combs

Custom PocketC.H.I.P. stand by Steve Combs

And finally, Steven Combs turned a set of bricks he got with his Google Fi cell phone into a classy stand for PocketC.H.I.P.. He has taken plenty of nice close-up shots of the stand and posted them on his site, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to reverse engineer. Afterall, sometimes pencils and pens are needed for writing, not propping up PocketC.H.I.P.!

But that’s not the only cool thing about the setup on Combs’ desk. He’s using a Logitech K400 Plus, the exact same model I use when I need a wireless mouse and keyboard to work with C.H.I.P. or PocketC.H.I.P.. I’ve been really pleased with this accessory and you can find it for around $25. If you’re looking for a nice keyboard-mouse combo, consider the K400 Plus.


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Make sure to share your projects in the forums, on Twitter, or using Facebook. And while you’re sharing, be sure to mention how you’re planning to use PocketC.H.I.P. next.

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