Here’s Exactly How to Hack a Bigger Screen onto PocketC.H.I.P.

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

Tony showing off his hacked PocketC.H.I.P. with larger screen

Resourceful Pocketeers on the forums have banded together to figure out how to swap out the stock LCD screen on PocketC.H.I.P. for an even bigger, 5″ LCD capable of rendering at 800×480 pixels.

MarekLew was the first to connect the bigger screen to PocketC.H.I.P. and share the news in the forum. Kilrah completed the hack soon after and shared some great photos of the screen swap process. And cmspooner’s post explained how to calibrate the touchscreen using a config file.

This post synthesizes the information from the three threads into one easy-to-deploy configuration file. Plus, having everything in a config file means that even if you reboot PocketC.H.I.P., the settings with remain in effect.
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Modify PocketC.H.I.P. with These 4 Hardware Hacks

3D Printable D-Pad makes gaming more comfy

3D Printable D-Pad makes gaming more comfy

Over the weekend there was a flurry of PocketC.H.I.P. hardware hacks on social media. From keyboard modding to building a secret stylus holder to soldering in a microSD card reader, people are taking the PocketC.H.I.P. hardware and customizing it to be their own.

The best place to spot new hacks in the wild or show off your own is over on our forums. It’s a great place to meet fellow Pocketeers, ask questions, and learn from others. Now onto the hardware hacks.
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Add a Speaker to PocketC.H.I.P. in Less Than 20 Minutes

Adding a speaker to PocketC.H.I.P. is a great way to start extending its hardware. Jose, one of the NTC electrical engineers, completed the hack in about 5 minutes and got everyone in the office excited about adding a speaker to their PocketC.H.I.P.s.

Modifying a new computer with custom circuitry and solder might seem intimidating or risky, but this project is accessible to everyone. Parts cost around $5.00 and should take about 30 minutes to build if you’re a beginner. If you get stuck or have questions, make sure to post them in our forums and be as detailed as possible.

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