Tuesday, April 19, 2005

MIT Students Party Like It’s 1977

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some of the brainiacs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are putting down their books and picking up their platform shoes.

Residents of the East Campus dorm building have constructed a 128 square-foot illuminated disco dance floor in their dorm lounge that’s a near replica of the floor that hosted John Travolta’s gyrations in Saturday Night Fever.

Around 40 students helped build the foot fever-inducing floor, sawing wood, soldering 20,000 electrical connections and creating tinfoil reflectors for the 1,536 LEDs. Two electrical engineering students designed the software that powers the pulsing disco lamps.

Junior Schuyler Senft-Grupp, who came up with the idea for the floor and serves as DJ at disco dance floor parties, says students are literally mesmerized when they see the flashing lights.

He says music with a strong, distinct beat is best at setting off the sound-sensitive floor’s 4096-color lighting spectrum, citing Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” as a top choice.

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