10 gadgets to turn your dorm room into geek heaven

When I was in college, I worked part timeto afford an apartment because the on-campus dorms were expensive and generallyterrible. Still, I regret missing out on that experience. Maybe it would be different if I could have decked out my dorm room the following awesome gadgets.

Bacon Alarm Clock

Bacon alarm clock
Have to be up early at 1 p.m. for an exam?You can rely on the BAKON Alarm Clock. This DIY project requires an old bakingoven, a timer, high-temp car paint, a pig keychain from Party City, sparebottle caps, 10-gauge solid wire, some googly eyes, a screwdriver and a Dremeltool. Once built, it will wake you up with the sizzling sound, delightful smelland delicious taste of bacon. Instructablesvia That'sNerdalicious

Marshall guitar amp fridge
It may look like a Marshall guitar amp,but this is actually a 4.4-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer that you can fillwith beer and pizza rolls. It evenfeatures an homage to Spinal Tap, in the form of knobs that actually go to 11.Most dorm parties only go to 10, so that means you'll be partying oneharder. $300 — MarshallFridge via That'sNerdalicious

Brew Cave

Brew Cave walk-in beer cooler
So the guitar amp fridge was cool andall, but the dorm fridge of your dreams would undoubtedly be the Brew Cave walk-in beer cooler. In addition to offering four inches of insulation, the cooleralso boasts shelf space for up to 30 cases of beer, room for four kegs, and abuilt-in tap. Of course, I think this cooler has more square footage insidethen the dorm rooms at my old college. $6,349 — Kegworksvia That'sNerdalicious

Smart trash can
While I doubt that many students thesedays will be using a typewriter in their quest to stretch two pages of text into therequired five, this smart trash can will still do a great job of catching yourgarbage on the fly. It uses Microsoft Kinect, a motorized wheelbase and a heckof a lot of coding to track your flying wads of paper and ensure you hit thatthree-pointer every time.

BRAD automated dorm
University of California at Berkeleyfreshman Derek Low spent three months creating what he calls “the mostridiculously automated dorm room in the school ever.” Dubbed “BRAD” (BerkeleyRidiculously Automated Dorm), the system employs motion sensors to detect whensomeone enters or exits the room, and it has the ability to control the lights,window shades, and music via voice controls and mobile apps. An emergency red“party mode” button was also provided, which closes the shades, turns on dancemusic and replaces the overhead lights with flashing neon lighting and strobes.CubicleBot

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Zelda Mural

Giant Legend of Zelda wall mural
The giant Legend of Zelda wall mural isan opportunity to decorate your dorm room with something nerdy and elaboratebut surprisingly inexpensive. It's an 8-foot-by-3-foot fabric map of the entire Zeldaoverworld that will only set you back around $40. Plus, when it's laundry day,you can take it off the wall and wear it like a toga. That's what I callversatility. Etsyvia Nerd Approved


Lightsaber chopsticks
You may be a freshman eating Ramen, butat least you're doing it like a Padawan with these fancy light-up lightsaberchopsticks. Indeed, the blades actually glow thanks to LEDs that can beactivated with the push of a button. $17.99 — BigBadToyStorevia That'sNerdalicious

Podtime Tubes

Podtime tubes
Privacy and sleep are two things that arehard to come by while living in a dorm. These Podtime beds could provide asolution to both of those problems. With a shell made of "practicallyindestructible" polycarbonate, Podtime tubes can be stacked on top of oneanother like bunk beds so they won't take up much space. They can also becustomized with entertainment systems, LED lighting, storage and an alarm. $2,158and up — Fireboxand Podtime


An electronic beer pong table
For many college students, a good beerpong table is a crucial piece of furniture. If you have the resources and theambition, you could make something similar to the version featured in thisvideo from Auburn University. While there doesn't appear to be any details onthe building of it, some engineering student has clearly put his new found skills totheir ultimate use. Break (video)

Iron Throne

Iron Throne
Every dorm room needs a good chair, butif I had all the money in the world (as opposed to wondering how I would affordbreakfast from the Dollar Menu), I would eschew comfort in favorof this "Game of Thrones" Iron Throne replica. This official life-size seat is nojoke either. It stands at 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide and weighs 350 pounds. It also costsa whopping $30,000 — HBOvia Nerd Approved

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