Sufi Nawaz

I build stuff

Fitbit App to Control Wink Smart Devices

Posted by in DIY, Hobbies, Technology, Tutorials

On our first anniversary, my wife gifted me a Fitbit Versa smart watch and I’d been playing around with Fitbit Studio. While the Fitbit app gallery is far from mature, to my pleasant surprise, I’ve found the Fitbit developer studio very intuitive and easy to work with. Their SDK is also fairly well documented with some basic code examples (albeit not comprehensive by any means) to get anyone up and running to build their first app or clock face. One of the first app I wanted to install on my…read more

Weekend Hack: Put a Raspberry Pi in Lego 4200 Grand Prix Racer

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This weekend, my roommate and I put a Raspberry Pi Zero W in Lego 42000 Grand Prix Racer. Sadly, we had to remove the signature piston engine to fit an actual Lego motor, but the outcome was quite satisfactory. Items used: Lego 42000 Power Functions 8293 Raspberry Pi Zero W Jackery Bar Pocket-sized 6000mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor HAT for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit Miscellaneous lego pieces to fit motor to steering wheel 30RPM Geared DC Motor 8Bitdo NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Road trip across the United States: Part I

Posted by in Travel

On July 2nd, 2016, two of my friends and I set out on a journey from Vienna, VA to take on a bucket list item that I’d long waited for – to do a cross-country road trip across this fine country. We were soon accompanied by a 4th compadre who flew in from SFO to meet us in Chicago. This blog entry is aimed at documenting this road trip and hopefully accurately depicting the chain of events that made this journey an awesome experience for all of us. Our tentative…read more