3 Community Projects to Add to Your PocketC.H.I.P. To-Do List

PocketChat running on PocketC.H.I.P.

PocketChat running on PocketC.H.I.P.

Forum users Groguard, Clockworkplanet, and BrianTheBuilder are expanding what you can do with the PocketC.H.I.P..

From a chat client written from scratch, to a sewn slipcase that protect PocketC.H.I.P., to even building a GPIO-based keyboard light, you’ll want to add all of these to your PocketC.H.I.P. project list.

If you have a hardware, software, or non-electronic PocketC.H.I.P. hack, make sure to share it with the rest of the community. The best place to share is by joining the conversation in the NTC forums. There’s always a new post, and it’s the best place to see C.H.I.P. and PocketC.H.I.P. hacks before the rest of the internet sees them.

PocketChat for PocketC.H.I.P.

Groguard wrote PocketChat, an IRC-like chat client, that let’s you talk to other PocketChat users, won’t take too many system resourcesis, and is completely open source. First announced in July, Groguard has been busy testing, adding features, and rewriting code.

Currently, the software supports creating a unique username, joining a channel, and chatting with other users. Minimal but useful! Groguard has plans to develop private messaging and transfing files between users, but hasn’t hinted at a release schedule yet.

To try Groguard’s work for yourself, just install a few packages and open port 5000 on PocketC.H.I.P. — the port is used for the chat clients to communicate over.

    • Install the Software

1. sudo apt update && sudo get install python3 python3-tk git
2. git clone https://github.com/Groguard/PocketChat.git

    • Open port 5000

3. sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp --dport 5000 --jump ACCEPT
4. sudo iptables-save

    • Run PocketChat

5. cd PocketChat
6. python3 ./PocketChatV0.6.1.py

Groguard is looking for user feedback to help improve PocketChat, so make sure to join in on the conversation in the forums and let him know what you think.

Make a Pocket for PocketC.H.I.P.

DIY slip case for PocketC.H.I.P. by

DIY slipcase for PocketC.H.I.P. by Clockworkplanet

Clockworkplanet shows that PocketC.H.I.P. projects don’t always have to be hardware or software based. Using an inexpensive sewing machine from IKEA and a pair of old track pants, Clockworkplanet sewed a slipcase for PocketC.H.I.P., which ought to keep it safe from routine dings and dents around the house. Plus it looks pretty rad!

What’s your setup to keep your PocketC.H.I.P. protected from the elements? Got any strategies to keep it safe in the rain, like a PocketC.H.I.P. umbrella attachment? ☂ (Hint, hint someone please make one.) Whatever you use to keep PocketC.H.I.P. safe, share your story in the forums, and send us a photo of what you’ve made via Twitter or Facebook.

Take 5-minutes & BuilD this DIY Keyboard Light

Put a light on it!

Put a light on it!

BrianTheBuilder doesn’t let low lighting conditions stop him from using PocketC.H.I.P., but he does still want to see the keyboard. He could have purchased an inexpensive USB-keyboard light, but that wasn’t quite his style.

Instead, BrianTheBuilder lived up to his handle and built a crafty, Chip Clip-based keyboard light that took him only around 5-minutes to create. Even better, the components in the project are not pricey, and you might already have them in your electronics DIY bin.

To craft your own light, you’ll need two wires, a 470Ω or 1kΩ resistor (depending on if you make a 3V3 or 5V light), and some hot glue or epoxy. Then browse over to BrianTheBuilder’s forum post, which has all the details for constructing your own light.


Be it software, hardware, or something that requires no electricity at all, it’s great to see community members using their skills to customize PocketC.H.I.P..

A great place to share your skills or pick up new ones is in the NTC forums, where all of these projects are from, and where a larger conversation takes place about how to use C.H.I.P. and PocketC.H.I.P.. Make sure to browse on over and add your voice to the mix.

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