Learn How to Diagnose Your Car’s Performance, Control a Drawing Robot, or Even Chill with Kodi

PocketC.H.I.P. is a versatile handheld Linux computer. Whether it’s diagnosing car trouble, drawing custom pen and ink prints, or helping you kickback and relax, there’s always a fun use for PocketC.H.I.P.!

These are just 3 of the most recent projects created by the community and shared in the NTC forum.

DIY Car Repair with PocketC.H.I.P.

These aren’t the RPMs for Linux

Way back in April, slipcougar bought a new car and figured PocketC.H.I.P. would make the perfect handheld tool to stay alert of any maintenance needs.

Using nothing more than PocketC.H.I.P., an OBD-II adapter, and pyOBD, slipcougar is able to review the car’s engine computer unit (ECU) codes which cover everything from vehicle speed to engine RPM. While this project won’t do the manual labor of the repair for you, it will tip you off to what parts will need a bit of elbow grease next.

Here’s how to set up your PocketC.H.I.P. to read your car’s ECU. Just remember, don’t use PocketC.H.I.P. while driving!


Robotic Drawing

Sketching with PocketC.H.I.P.

JKW, most well known for a number of C.H.I.P. DIPs he makes, turned his attention to the finer things in life: robot drawing.

In his setup, JKW uses PocketC.H.I.P. to control a CNC machine by streaming G-code to move the X, Y, and Z-axis of the gantry. Each print takes about 2 hours to complete and you can see more of his build and his robot’s drawing skills here. And don’t be shy, post any questions you have about the project in the forum thread.


PocketC.H.I.P. & Chill

And finally, Pocketeer krnr shared details on how to install and set up Kodi, a wildly popular entertainment center software package. Kodi makes it easy to stream videos directly to your PocketC.H.I.P. from a variety of different services.

While krnr details the setup for a particular a service called Zattoo, you can set up whichever one you like. Once Kodi is installed, click on the Video tab, then Add-ons, and then Get More. After a few moments, you will see a long list of the available add-ons for Kodi. Select the one you want, install it, and get ready to relax.


Got a use for PocketC.H.I.P. you haven’t seen covered on the blog? Head on over to the forum and share your story. And don’t forget to send us photos of your project on Twitter. We love to see what you’re working on!

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