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Berkeley Freshman Ridiculously Transforms, Automates Dorm Room
By Anthea Quay, 04 May 2012
UC Berkeley freshman Derek Low set out to create the most ridiculously automated dorm room in his school ever.
After building for three months and spending several hundred dollars, he completed ‘BRAD’, which stands for “Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm”.
BRAD is outfitted with automated lighting, mechanical curtains, and motion detection sensors—all of which can be controlled via a wireless remote, an iPhone or iPad, and voice commands.
When Low enters his room, lights are automatically turned on.
Curtains can be pushed open with a mere push of a button; and lights can be switched on with a verbal command.
When an alarm is set, BRAD is programmed to open the curtains and play Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ really loudly—annoying Low into getting out of bed.
The room also has various modes—such as “Romantic mode”, “Party mode”, “Sleep mode”, and “Homework mode”.
In ‘Romantic mode’, the lights turn off, curtains close, a disco ball turns on and starts to slowly spin, and ‘Can You Feel The Love Tonight’ song starts playing through the room’s speakers, for you to get into the mood.
When the ‘emergency party’ button is hit for ‘Party mode’, BRAD transforms into a night club—strobe lights, disco ball, thumping music and the works.
Low’s automated dorm room cost him about US$300, and can be found at Unit 2 of Griffiths Hall #402.
Watch the video below to see BRAD in action:
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