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

Posted by in DIY, Hobbies, Technology

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

Learn to code people!

Posted by in Events, Technology

Hourofcode.com offers a simple one-hour introduction to computer science. This would be a great resource for people interested in learning to code. Sign up today for Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15, 2013) at http://hourofcode.com/.

5,000 Raspberry Pi being donated by Google to help students in Japan

Posted by in Inspirational, Technology

Google is handing out 5000 Raspberry Pi to help out 25,000 students in Japan and partnering with CANVAS to help teachers teach. In a Google+ post, Eric Schmidt wrote… I read an article a couple of years ago in which a Japanese executive explained why he thought software engineering wasn’t popular in Japan. “A samurai would never write software,” he said. The idea was that Monozukuri, or the proud Japanese tradition of making things, wasn’t as relevant when it came to creating relative intangibles like software and services. Japan’s math…read more

Peachy 3D Printer – $100 3D printer

Posted by in Technology

After sharing my last post, a friend of mine shared a link to, what I think, is the most awesome 3D printer out there. I say it’s the most awesome 3D printer, not just because it’s just $100, but because of how truly amazing the concept behind it really is. The creator has successfully funded this project through kickstarter and indiegogo. Check out the kickstarter page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117421627/the-peachy-printer-the-first-100-3d-printer-and-sc