Ambitiously automated dorm-room


21 Responses to “Ambitiously automated dorm-room”

  1. grimc says:

    Note: Low is currently a freshman, and UC has already been jerks and told him he has to take BRAD down.

    • Um, maybe that has to do with the fact that Low monkey’d with his room’s wiring while it was live and without consent, placing himself and all his guests at risk of electrocution. Note the switch hanging out of the wall.

    • Petzl says:

      How’d UC find out? Yo, don’t be snitchin’!

  2. tedrock says:

    A friend of mine got kicked out of the dorms for messing with the electrical system to do something just like this – but that was in the late eighties.
    Perhaps he can find a way to automatically keep his camera in focus. He could call it, and I’m just spit balling here, ‘AutoFocus’… Also, in my experience, the chicks REALLY love disco balls as a way of setting a romantic mood. 

  3. bumblebeeeeeee says:

    so, the lights turn on and off and the blind closes. 

    • swimsy says:

      not quite — there seems to be some kind of roommate-removal functionality. perhaps the disco ball and strobe scared him away. 

    • bumblebeeeeeee says:

      it’s just off-the-shelf budget store plug and shite. the delay on the response would make it faster to just hit the switch. 

  4. YouPorn Jude says:

    Sweet room. Blacklight in a Dorm Room in the vicinity of a Bed seems like a really, reaaaaally bad idea though. 


    One man’s superfluous gadgetry is another man’s essential civilized convenience.

  6. digi_owl says:

    The love tune from Lion King and a disco ball is his definition of romantic?

  7. Vanwall says:

    I think “The Prodigious Hickey” episode from Public TV’s Lawrenceville Stories had a steampunk-ish version of the automated dorm room.

  8. efergus3 says:

    The good news is: “I’m moving out the dorms in two weeks and moving the entire setup to my own apartment,” Low said. “The whole system is quite mobile, actually, so that won’t be too difficult.” I also expect he’ll get a lot of jobs fixing up other people’s  rooms/apartments with all this free publicity.

  9. Andy Kerr says:

    All that gadgetry, and he hasn’t figured out how to focus a camera?

  10. jamesmcwilliams says:

    I think this guy just “borrowed” the idea from Zack Anderson:

  11. TheFool says:

    The original, AFAIK: 

    The guy has some other great projects on his site too.

  12. mhsenkow says:

    We used to do stuff like this at Michigan Tech. One guy had an entire system in which his bed would rise and fall at the touch of a button. Then people started worrying about fires/etc. and students aren’t allowed to do that anymore. 

  13. grumble-bum says:

    I’m assuming that no actual partying ever went down during Party Mode.  Auto-open blinds wouldn’t be a very good idea, nawmean?

    That said, my one-time college buddies & I were always dreaming up dorm rooms like this.  Except we were on acid.  Plus, the user-friendly interface tech would have been almost science fiction at the time (mid 90′s).

  14. Kevin Walton says:

    Needs “The Clapper”

  15. Itsumishi says:

    As a bonus the sound from the blind opening is loud and maddening enough to get anyone out of bed!

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