The Remote Light Switch

A device, allowing students to remotely control their lights, that retrofits onto existing light switches without the need to modify existing circuitry. This project was devised in response to the prompt “Design a device to improve the quality of life”. Our research revealed that 75% of Dartmouth students found that beds in dormitories were always placed far away from light switches, meaning that once the lights were turned off, navigating to one’s bed was inconvenient and potentially hazardous. A remote-controlled device that could interface with existing light-switches (since students are barred from tampering with the lights or the electrical installation directly) was the most effective solution. Collaborators: Aravind Viswanathan, Andrew Ceballos, Robert Moss, Jon Landress

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