Give Your Old Electronics New Life with These 3 C.H.I.P. Projects

The electronic guts of a wireless speaker project that use C.H.I.P.

The electronic guts of a wireless speaker project that use C.H.I.P.

If you’re like most of us at NTC, you have a bunch of old electronics that lack Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. Here are 3 projects that use C.H.I.P. to upgrade these old dust collecting devices and give them a second, more connected life!

C.H.I.P.Play Wireless Speaker

Don’t spend hundreds of dollars to get an AirPlay speaker, just use C.H.I.P. and upgrade the bookshelf speakers you already own. C.H.I.P.Play speakers are a great DIY introduction to C.H.I.P. and who doesn’t want to make their own wireless speakers?!

Apple’s AirPlay technology lets you seamlessly stream audio from your Apple laptop or phone right to AirPlay compatible speakers. But these types of speakers aren’t cheap, it’s Apple after all. Fortunately, with C.H.I.P. and a little help from Ben, you can transform any speaker into an AirPlay compatible C.H.I.P.Play speaker.

You’ll need a C.H.I.P., a 3.7V LiPo battery (to make your speakers more portable), an audio cable, and old speakers or amp. The project takes around 30 minutes to complete and is excellent for C.H.I.P. noobs. You can find Ben’s full instructions for the project on Hackster.io.


Wireless Speakers For All Platforms

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Not a fan of Apple AirPlay, no problem. Peter has you covered with instructions to turn your wired speakers into WiFi capable speakers.

Peter configure his C.H.I.P. to act as a Music Player Daemon (MPD) server, one half of the MPD client-server protocol for streaming audio. Unlike AirPlay, MPD is not proprietary, and there are tons of cross-platform clients available: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and most desktop operating systems. Here’s the full list of MPD supported clients and plug-ins. Yeah, there are a ton!

Since Peter is a huge audiophile, he also added a few extras to the project like a decent amp and a dedicated hard drive for more of his music. While not required, they add that extra bit of polish that makes this project rewarding to build. Expect to spend about a half an hour building and many hours more listening to these WiFi connected speakers.


Read All The Things with C.H.I.P.py Ruxpin

Why buy a new Teddy Ruxpin, when you can hack your old one? C.H.I.P.py Ruxpin, the terrifying brainchild of Langley is the perfect project to build and gift this holiday season.

C.H.I.P.py is powered by C.H.I.P. and runs software to actuate its mouth, control audio output, and even hosts a web server where you can log in and tell C.H.I.P.py exactly what to say. Have writer’s block? Configure C.H.I.P.py to read a Twitter feed and sit back and enjoy. Trust us, life with C.H.I.P.py can get kind of weird.

C.H.I.P.py explained

C.H.I.P.py explained

Expect to spend close to 3 hours wiring and configuring C.H.I.P. for this project. You’ll also need about $50-$70 worth of parts, including an H-bridge circuit that’s wired between Ruxpin and C.H.I.P. and used to control the motors in the bear’s eyes and jaw. Langley has all the instructions, plus the parts and tools required for the project posted on Hackster.io. C.H.I.P.py is one project that’s definitely worth the time to make!


How are you using C.H.I.P. to upcycle old electronics? Let us know in the comments below, share your build instruction in the forum, and post project pictures on Twitter. We can’t wait to see what you’re making!

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Nice to see these projects brought to the fore again. They’re cool.

You guys scored on that Teddy Ruxpin. I’ve tried finding them on the Intertubes and they are rare and fairly expensive. And you guys found that one in great condition for so cheap!!!

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