PROFILE: Derek Low & BRAD (Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm)

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Berkeley Ridiculously Automated DormBerkeley College Freshman Derek Low is a decided to make his dorm room as automated as possible, with pretty hilarious and amazing results. He’s got automated drapes, an automated romantic mode, and an automated “Emergency party mode.”   He’s also got voice control, an app, and a fog machine.

Derek grew up in Singapore, and has apparently lived quite an exciting life.  He blogs about his travels all over the world (and he claims to have freeloaded internet bandwidth from dozens of people in countries around the world.

Stand Back, I'm Going To Try SCIENCEDerek is now at Berkeley studying computer science and other stuff , and of course continuing his work of creating projects that don’t make any sense, but are cool to do.  Or as his blog/log of experiments states,

“Lab@Home has grown into a full-time hobby which I dedicate myself to showcase what one is able to achieve with science and technology in the comfort of your home. And that nothing should interfere with your education – including statutory laws and parents.”


Read a CNET article about Derek and BRAD

Visit Derek’s website, where he posts about his experiments, including electronics, pyro, chemistry, and lots of other stuff.

Derek is also an inveterate traveler, and you can find journals about all of his adventures online at

See the YouTube Video that shows off BRAD in all of its geekified glory.

Find out more about how Derek constructed BRAD:


 Adam Gertsacov is the co-founder and co-organizer of Digital Family Summit.  He wears many hats, including those of a professional clown, an author and publisher, an artist/educator, a non-profit administrator, a P.T. Barnum impersonator, a flea circus impresario, and the esteemed hat of the Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland.  

In his copious freetime, he blogs at and, as well as a few other places.
You can find out more about his clown work at
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