Meet BRAD: the Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm room. AKA: the coolest dorm room ever, or the nerdiest nerdcave in nerdtropolis.
Brad was designed and put together by UC Berkeley electrical engineering student Derek Low. Via his phone, tablet, laptop, voice and even the big red 'Emergency Party Button,' Low can control the lights, curtains, and even the music in his room.
When BRAD is in 'romantic mode' for example, Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" fills the room. Awwwww, yeah.
In 'party mode,' techno music starts thumping, laser light bounces off the walls, a black light comes on and the strobe light from Unit 2, Griffiths Hall #402 can be seen from the courtyard below.
Here's the thing: Low didn't get permission to do this, and even though he says he's followed all the university rules about altering the structure or putting holes in walls (all of his components are attached with tape and other non-hole making fasteners), there's a chance he might have to take it all down. The university has asked him to appear at a hearing today.