Pocket C.H.I.P

Originally touted as the $9 computer. that excluded the display and keyboard integrated in an optional case called the Pocket.

C.H.I.P was was made by a start-up called Next Thing Co. founded in Oakland, California by Dave Rauchwerk, Gustavo Huber and Thomas Deckert in 2013.

C.H.I.P was the fruit of a successful KICKSTARTER campaign in 2015. The first units started shipping in May 2016 although alpha units were available in September 2015. By March 2018, Next Thing Co. had entered insolvency.

Important note, never turn it off. Well at least mine has a problem that the screen doesn’t come on after a reboot. All of the forums say to reflash the C.H.I.P every time but I find that by turning it on and off many times it comes back to life.

Original Kickstarter promo video
  • 3000 mAH battery for up to 5 hours of use
  • 4.3″ resistive touch display at 480 x 272 pixels
  • full QWERTY keyboard
  • injection moulded shell
  • Fully open source
  • Allwinner R8 SoC with ARM Cortex-A8 1Ghz
  • 512Mb RAM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Onboard 4Gb NAND storage
  • Debian Jessie
  • GPIO breakouts

Original Kickstarter images

these are the images from the original kickstarter campaign.

2021 Unboxing of my new in box Pocket C.H.I.P

R8 Version of C.H.I.P
Pocket C.H.I.P opened
Software update not going as planned.

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