Why Graduate?

Gizmodo reports that Berkeley freshman Derek Low has created what appears to be the most awesome college dorm room ever. As Andrew Liszewsk explains:

[Low] converted his boring dorm room into what he dubbed B.R.A.D.—or the Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm.

Awesome doesn’t even begin to describe Low’s effort. Everything in the room—from the curtains to the lighting to the music—can be controlled from either a wireless remote, an iOS app, or through simple voice commands processed by his laptop. Motion sensors automatically bring the room to life when Low enters, and voice commands shut it all down at the end of the night.

Apparently the room has different modes (romantic mode, party mode, homework mode, sleep mode) with different features. Low shows off his room, on the fourth floor of Griffiths Hall, here:

Low apparently spent “several hundred dollars” setting the thing up.

It’s pretty impressive, though under conventional rules for college dormitories, however, he’ll probably have to take this all down by the time he leaves for the summer and return it to Berkeley just as bland as he found it in the fall.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer