Widespread adoption of smart homes—in which everything from the refrigerator to the light switches are networked together to allow for energy efficiency and resident customization—are still on the technological horizon.
But a Berkeley student's high-tech dorm room demonstrates the benefits that can come from smart living. In the video below, Derek Low shows off BRAD (Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm), which he outfitted with motion detectors, curtains that open and close with the help of a smartphone app, and, of course, a “romantic mode” including a disco ball and music. What college girl doesn’t love Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
Prediction: Low will try to leverage the viral stardom from his automated-dorm video to get funding for a smart-home startup.