Forgotten Passions: Electronics, IOT & Multimedia

Hello World

It has been a while, where was your boy lost? He got a job in the middle of a pandemic and got busy learning, Angular (*sigh*) for work. Did I think of writing new blog posts for my loyal following (*awkward silence *)? Yes, many times, but I was having issues in deploying my website on Netlify which was caused due to an outdated plugin I was using for fonts on my Gatsby site.

Enough excuses, to make up for all of this I'm releasing some unseen footage of the most epic way of turning on a lamp. Yes, you read that correctly, I will show you guys the only way people should be opening lamps in the modern world where everything is connected to the internet. Give me one good reason why we Homo Sapiens, the most intelligent life form known to ourselves, should be walking upright and using our finger to turn off a primitive technology such as a lamp.

At this point you might be wondering, what does that bizarre rant have to do with the title of this blog post, "Forgotten Passions: Electronics, IOT & Multimedia". This blog post is dedicated to my passions of past, interests I used to have during my undergraduate studies pursuing Electronics and Computer Engineering. Perhaps this blog post is a foreshadowing for what is to come next. During my undergraduate studies, I wrote a review paper on Smart Home technologies which is based on the concept of Internet of Things (IoT). This gave me an insight into the endless possibilities of what could be achieved by using small tiny sensors and microcontrollers to make our everyday lives even more simpler. For my final year project, I explored the possibility of integrating blockchain with IoT to overcome the security issues related to these small resource constrained devices. Depending on the consensus algorithm used in a such a network, factors such as reliability, security, privacy and robustness of the system can be vastly improved.

Well here is the video I mentioned earlier. Only one person besides my family members has laid eyes on this gem, a person I was trying to impress back in the day. Video effects inspired by G-Eazy and Halsey's slick music video for the song Him & I, together with the song track Lights Out by PHFAT. Enjoy my contribution to society.


Coming back to the point I was making earlier about why would anyone open a lamp using the internet, I would rebuke myself by saying that firstly not everyone is physically capable of carrying out certain actions around the household such as the elderly or disabled people. Second, scientific curiosity is more about exploring the possibilities of what can be achieved by using the power of imagination than standing still and not exploring the possibilities at all. I'll quote someone with more credibility on these matters than myself.

“Invention is the most important product of man's creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs.” -  Nikola Tesla, My Inventions

With that thought provoking bombshell its time to end this blog, thanks for reading :)

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Tune in next time where I possibly try to make my dumb car, smart ?

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