SyedTips – Short tidbits from my knowledge and experiences

Hey Makers & Readers,

‘ve been thinking for a long time to share quick tips and tricks (and lessons learnt) from my daily experiences of being a Tinkerpreneur (aka Hacker tinkering with anything I can lay my hands on) and would use the hastag #SyedTips (Yo 😛 )

I have so much “useless” knowledge in my Brains which I’d like to dump off and recover some free space.

I’ve been inspired by my Ustaad Shaikh Yawar Baig, who through his daily short and sweet Fajr Reminders audio podcasts have shared massive knowledge, lessons and life experiences, management tips, business lessons, Entrepreneurship lessons, advice, etc etc etc which now is a coveted treasure and is easily now many thousands of podcasts hours combined.

I’ve also recently signed up for Adafruit’s daily tip newsletter ( and love those daily tips.

I’ll be tipping on a lot of topics and will start categorizing them as this thing grows. You’re encouraged to point out any mistakes I make and/or add in your extra tips as long as it revolves around that particular tip’s context.

I might also jump off into video tips, though that will take some time (and will feature on my YouTube channel).

Read my first #SyedTip here 🙂

Disclaimer: Most of my Tips will be from my experiences and knowledge (and may occasionally be incorrect or outdated). Please advise caution when using some of these tips and do the necessary background research/work. I take no responsibility, whatsoever for any damages/destruction arising out of my Tips. #StupidNecessaryDisclaimer




Selecting the right IoT platform

I came across this minimalistic Whitepaper on evaluating and selecting an IoT Platform (very generic without any references to actual platforms, though nice overview)

Download a copy here:

Building IoT Devices – From Prototype to Production – India

This was a small talk I gave on World IoT Day (April 9th, 2016) at Collab House about my experiences and findings of IoT Prototype –> Production in Hyderabad, India.

I don’t have much info in the Slide Deck itself and hope to do a detailed writeup sometime. This should serve as a brief Intro.

Android/Hardware Integration Projects, et al

I’ve made, tinkered and played around with hundreds of Android Projects in my mayhem “Android” days (early 2012 ~ mid 2015) on my beloved Nexus One before I finally had to let go of it. I loved (and still do) building Apps that mostly interacted wirelessly with Hardware (mostly Arduino) either through Bluetooth/WiFi.

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Wireless gesture control of Arduino using LeapMotion and ESP8266

After having played around with Wirelessly Controlling Arduino with LeapMotion through Bluetooth 2 years back, I didn’t get an opportunity to tinker more with LeapMotion and Arduino. I installed a couple of Apps from the App Store and played around.

When the call for project submissions for India’s first Mini Maker Faire opened, I decided to re-do this project, albeit use the popular ESP8266 WiFi module instead of a Bluetooth one. Continue reading “Wireless gesture control of Arduino using LeapMotion and ESP8266”

Proxying WebSockets on NodeJS running off Apache

Disclaimer: I’m not a WebServer Admin/Pro and only tinker with stuff found around, so please excuse my ignorance or wrong jargon used here.

I had this terrible problem where a NodeJS app running on port 3000 on an Apache Server would refuse to proxy the incoming Web Sockets to the Node App. After almost two weeks of battling it out (including Server upgrades and losing out the entire app :), we finally managed to get it running). I’ll start off with my setup and then come over to the solution. If you’d like to directly jump to the solution, please scroll down. Continue reading “Proxying WebSockets on NodeJS running off Apache”

Part 0: Getting started with AWS IoT and Arduino (+ESP8266)

[7/June/2017]: I came across this post: I haven’t tried it yet. Pls let me know in the comments if this worked for you.

[31/July/2016]: I’m very Sorry. I couldn’t get the ESP8266 talk with the AWS IoT platform due to the ESP’s limited ability to support TLS 1.2 which is required by AWS IoT.

If you’re comfortable using the ESP SDK, something exciting just came up: –> an MQTT example with AWS IoT + ESP8266.

I’ll wait till someone builds a wrapper/library around it.

I’ve been thinking of using the Arduino MKR1000 instead with the AWS IoT. Let’s hope this get’s done quick 🙂

Pre.Scriptum: (Edit: 21, Dec, 2015)  Amazon released the AWS IoT suite of applications and services a while back and I now feel it’ll be more helpful if we base our tutorial on the AWS IoT platform. It’s a TODO for me and hopefully I’ll have something up and running.

I’ll be doing a series of posts on getting started with building IoT applications using an AWS EC2 Instance and an Arduino with ESP8266 WiFi Module. We’ll eventually delve into Raspberry Pi, MongoDB, Node.js, Dashboards etc as  the journey continues. Continue reading “Part 0: Getting started with AWS IoT and Arduino (+ESP8266)”

Buying Raspberry Pi 2 in India, Hyderabad

I get most of my Raspberry Pi and related stuff from PotentialLabs (where I also consult on Tech stuff). If you guys are looking at buying the Raspberry Pi 2 at a reasonable price, you can buy it off from here: Continue reading “Buying Raspberry Pi 2 in India, Hyderabad”

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 35,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks dear readers/makers for your support

It’s been more than a year since I originally wrote those (in)famous articles on Directly Accessing the Raspberry Pi (Article 1 and 2). My site has seen an average of 50+ visitors and 75+ page views daily. I’ve never expected such a huge response:

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