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All I have to say is... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209801)

crip crappity nappity.

I'm sure... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209802)

I'm sure the parties will be rocking!

TAKE THAT CALTECH (5, Funny)

Electroly (708000) | about 9 years ago | (#12209806)

So while Caltech is traveling across the country to put up balloons, MIT students are building a kickass USB-controlled disco floor? I think we all know which school knows where it's at.

Re:TAKE THAT CALTECH (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209832)

Caltech enacts a series of amusing, though not all that great, pranks.

MIT responds by building a dance floor for a fad which hasn't been popular in 25 years.

Oh yeah. Geek fight!

Re:TAKE THAT CALTECH (3, Funny)

mr_tommy (619972) | about 9 years ago | (#12209909)

HA! And they were so smug with those balloons....

Re:TAKE THAT CALTECH (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210000)

And those baloons were initially for "super elastic" condoms... ;)

Re:TAKE THAT CALTECH (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210010)

Granted, this is pretty cool. But it still does not count as a prank of any sort. We're gonna have to wait til next week to see the true counter-attack.

Re:TAKE THAT CALTECH (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210022)

and while MIT students are building a dance floor they'll never use, USC students are making good use of their non-USB-controlled beds with their model girlfriends. End discussion.

And they STILL can't dance (4, Funny)

joelethan (782993) | about 9 years ago | (#12209808)

We geeks should give up now.

The girls always go for John Travolta, not Poindexter

/joelethan
Do a little dance, make a little love - get down tonight!

Re:And they STILL can't dance (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209837)

Actually, what they don't say is the Disco floor will light rhythmically to DDR steps, allowing even the REALLY geeky to appear as though they have a mild amount of dancing talent!

wow (2, Insightful)

TheKidWho (705796) | about 9 years ago | (#12209810)

that is really awesome, they should sell some of those things :-D I would love one of those in my house with some touch sensors too so the floor can light up when I walk on it!

Disco is dead (5, Funny)

thedogcow (694111) | about 9 years ago | (#12209812)

Screw that disco crap. I can see a better use for it.

A Giant Tetris Board. Think of it. You've got the grid-like squares that Tetris has.

Re:Disco is dead (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209878)

How about (very low-resolution) DivX movies on the floor?

That way we nerds can brag about having sex on the floor every night... :)

MIT parties are interesting (5, Funny)

Dancin_Santa (265275) | about 9 years ago | (#12209819)

I had the opportunity to go to several parties in Boston a few years back. A couple at Harvard and a couple at MIT and a couple near BU. Needless to say, the quality of the parties was inversely proportional to the U.S. News and World Report rankings of these schools. Not to take anything away from the homely girls and stereotypical MIT men, but MIT parties were only slightly better than the Harvard parties in terms of fun. However, Harvard edged out MIT in terms of attractive women (much to Mrs. Claus' chagrin).

Boston U had the best combination of attractive women and fun parties, though the "talent" pool in Boston left much to be desired.

What would be nice is to have this floor shipped over to Caltech or CMU where the attractive and successful Californians can take full advantage of it. The MIT geeks can still control the floor remotely from their dorms in Boston.

Re:MIT parties are interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209896)

In that case wouldn't they be better off installing web cams instead of a bundle of leds in the floor? Create a website, pay for their education, all while they bone up on their biology.

Re:MIT parties are interesting (4, Interesting)

wan-fu (746576) | about 9 years ago | (#12209988)

CMU is in Pittsburgh unless you mean their west coast extension, in which case, there are just a bunch of unattractive Ph.D. students hanging out there. Caltech has even fewer women than MIT and they are also less attractive (yes, this sounds impossible, but it's true). In summary, while many Californians are attractive, they are not at Caltech or CMU.

Re:MIT parties are interesting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210024)

Claremont McKenna is in Cali.

Re:MIT parties are interesting (4, Interesting)

Somnus (46089) | about 9 years ago | (#12210119)

MIT has really gone down hill on this front since the late 80s (link [http] ). I caught the tail end before that Krueger kid drank himself to death in '98. Since then, the administration has leveraged the event to change the student landscape: more "well-rounded" admittees, tighter alcohol controls, and less housing choice -- a more Ivy League-like model. I think it's a shame ... you can fix the problems (e.g., real-world competence) without making MIT less distinctive and fun. As a prelude to my graduate education, MIT was perfect.

As for the women, those at MIT were fit, sharp, non-skanky, and often quite beautiful -- no other campus I've visited/attended matches up. (De gustibus non disputandum, etc.)

Wow! Just imagine.. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209822)

Just imagine a Beowulf cluster of these things!

*ponder* (3, Funny)

Duncan3 (10537) | about 9 years ago | (#12209823)

MIT... dancefloor...

There is a joke in there somewhere, I just know it.

Re:*ponder* (-1, Flamebait)

John Seminal (698722) | about 9 years ago | (#12209887)

MIT... dancefloor...

There is a joke in there somewhere, I just know it.

I don't get it either. This is not some fancy trick that requires great intellect. It is 2 by 4's and lights. My roomate in college had something far more impressive. Using various christmas tree lights, on different timers, he stapled them into the ceiling. Turn on one set, you got boobs to look at while relaxing on the bed. Turn on another, and you got the perfect mood to any Jimmy Buffet song. It was a work of art.

And we got much more use from those lights than these kids will get from theirs. There are only so many hours in a day you can dance. But we, me and my roomate, we were drunk all the time.

I dunno, maybe I expect too much from MIT. I figured if they were building something, it would be really cool, using the latest technology or using older technology in ways nobody imagined. They should go back to lock picking. At least that sounds impressive. Disco is not.

And if that student at MIT ever becomes my boss, Woe to him. The intellect myth has been busted.

Re:*ponder* (0, Flamebait)

wenzi (6465) | about 9 years ago | (#12210017)

Look, the school is MIT. Not known for creativity. They are what they are talented geeks.

Now a talented artistic geek, that would be me

Re:*ponder* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210088)

Not known for creativity. Right..

Re:*ponder* (3, Insightful)

jay-be-em (664602) | about 9 years ago | (#12210041)

So your friend putting up a bunch of xmas light strings in shapes with different timers is more impressive than a usb controlled _programmable_ disco floor with 20k hand soldered connections?

No. It isn't.

Re:*ponder* (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209985)

There are!

Unfortunately, Dance Dance Revolution jokes are almost to the point of cliche.

If only (5, Funny)

dark grep (766587) | about 9 years ago | (#12209824)

If only I had thought of that 20 years ago when disco was 'in' and I was a uni (college if you live in the US). There may have been some chance of spending nights with a real girl in stead of a cold, cold terminal. On the other hand. Probably not.

Re:If only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209946)

If only I had thought of that 20 years ago when disco was 'in' and I was a uni (college if you live in the US). There may have been some chance of spending nights with a real girl in stead of a cold, cold terminal. On the other hand. Probably not.

Definitely not, no usb then ;)

Re:If only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210115)

Unless USB stood for Unusually Sexy Bodies?

Re:If only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209974)

Disco was hot in 1985? Where? Korea?

Wow with all that hand crafted soldering (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | about 9 years ago | (#12209828)

I bet they are having to beat hot babes off the dance floor now to make sure all the hotties get a fair chance to show their goodies.

There's only one style of dance for geeks... (3, Funny)

datafr0g (831498) | about 9 years ago | (#12209855)

The Robot! old skool geeks, word to ya mammas

Re:There's only one style of dance for geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209957)

I have a funny feeling they do the Humpty, pronounced with an umpty.

interesting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209857)

..now if they could just learn how to dance.

Tetris (and other ideas) (4, Insightful)

FleaPlus (6935) | about 9 years ago | (#12209869)

Any bets on how long until a Tetris clone is implemented for this?

Apparently the panels also have pressure sensors on them -- that's so cool. It sounds they have the hardware they need for an awesome game of massively-multiplayer Twister or Mosh Mosh Revolution [megatokyo.com] . Variants of pinball, pong, or arkanoid could also be fun, with virtual paddles drawn wherever there were two nearby pressure points (i.e. feet).

Re:Tetris (and other ideas) (2, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 9 years ago | (#12210134)

Play twister, but have the colored points move around to your advantage.

No more stretching and trying to make yourself uncomfy. Just make sure you always have a nearby color.

But hey lookee here, the gals have to have one foot here, and stretch the other wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy over there.

Mit students are too cool for skool.

Brilliant Work....but. (1)

WhatsAProGingrass (726851) | about 9 years ago | (#12209870)

Wow, they did such a good job with the floor. The party looked ok, except for the rather slim pickings for girls.

my question is this....How come they could only compress the .mov file to 28 MB?

Dance Floor (1)

kangpeh (875381) | about 9 years ago | (#12209872)

That's pretty cool. Does anyone perchance have instructions/directions on how one could go about building one for themselves? Such an idea could be taken to a higher level and placed within a nightclub. At that time, the USB controller could be used to literally "follow the music" which would enhance the nightlife quite a bit. If worst comes to worst, the lights could all be aimed and pointed at a cute girl too ;)

hmmm... (4, Funny)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 9 years ago | (#12209875)

I see this, sitting in my dorm room at 4:30AM and I say to myself, wow, if I were more productive I'd be building something like this instead of reading slashdot. Then I realize that I'm lazy and stop this line of inquiry before it makes me want to actually get up and do something, maybe next week......

Re:hmmm... (1)

fuzzhead (750413) | about 9 years ago | (#12209900)

Final exam season for you, too?

Re:hmmm... (1)

Anubis350 (772791) | about 9 years ago | (#12209908)

yeah, getting there :-P Actually, laziness aside, I will be building stuff soon (a carboard and duct-tape boat for a race on campus for one). But for now I'm being lazy and putting off studying/paper writing.

Tetris anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209883)

Looks suitable enough as a screen to me (-:

Vertigo? (3, Funny)

op12 (830015) | about 9 years ago | (#12209888)

How long do you think you could stare at the floor before falling over/vomiting/having a seizure? I'm going with 15 minutes.

Re:Vertigo? (5, Funny)

syzler (748241) | about 9 years ago | (#12209958)

Dude, was something in the punch, because I think the floor is spinning and changing colors.

Marketable idea (1)

valkoinen (81260) | about 9 years ago | (#12209889)

I'm sure this technology could be marketable to some night clubs. Imagine a larger version of this where the patterns change smoothly or can even play commercials or music videos. The floor is like a giant LCD screen.

Of course to withstand the stress of night clubbing the floor would have to be tested thoroughly. Spilt drinks would not do much good to all those hand soldered leds. Some kind of coating or modular easily exchangeable sealed floor tiles maybe.

Re:Marketable idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209901)

yeah! i bet they already thought of that though..

Let's all make the same joke (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209893)

about MIT students partying, or some variation on that theme

Pressure Sensors? (1)

Mage Powers (607708) | about 9 years ago | (#12209899)

what are they for? Construction and FAQ didn't mention, and I'm too young to have caught the disco era...

I so want to build one of these

nice work boys, but... (4, Informative)

mezzman (652612) | about 9 years ago | (#12209907)

...someone else beat you to it:
http://www.lightspace.biz/

Re:nice work boys, but... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209931)

except theirs cost about 30 grand for this size. This cost $2500.

Re:nice work boys, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209960)

I have a rather large suspicion that you are either one of the MIT students who made this, or one of their friends. I feel this way because no one else on here would ever give two shits enough to defend this project that fails to include any sort of information as to how the finer mechanics of this was achieved. I am sorry, but you'd think some MIT students who worked feverishly to get this done could type up even a rudimentary analysis and review of their technique.
Ciao.

Re:nice work boys, but... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210075)

"The Lightspace(TM) patent pending technology"...

Whoops. :P

nice idea, where is the howto (1, Troll)

nietsch (112711) | about 9 years ago | (#12209910)

If You RTFA, you'd have noticed that they are so busy patting their own backs, that they forgot to post a real howto. where are the schematics, the PCB layouts, the blueprints for the design? Nowhere to be found, but you can sure see who is the ueber disco geek.

Why is this on /.? Some geeks wanking their dicks?

Re:nice idea, where is the howto (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209917)

maybe they're considering marketing the idea and making shitloads of money. good call, ass.

Re:nice idea, where is the howto (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210044)

If you actually read the site, they mention that they are too busy to write up a real how-to, but they will gladly answer your questions. MIT students have enough written work to do as it is, and the hardware is way more fun on something like this.

Notes: (1)

Omkar (618823) | about 9 years ago | (#12209924)

1. Funny how the average distance between dancers was like 5ft. 2. Pressure sensors => Tetris where you tap to rotate, and have to run and follow you piece down.

Uggos on the video... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209929)

After watching the video, my first thought was, "Surely they could find some attractive girls who actually knew how to dance for this..."

Then I remembered who was responsible...

Wow.. (5, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | about 9 years ago | (#12209937)

Seeing cool stuff like that makes me wish I was smart.

Well, back to studying for my Caltech entrance exams.

Anyone here know how to blow up a baboon?

Music in the video (1)

Dr.Opveter (806649) | about 9 years ago | (#12209951)

Since when is DJ Shadow geek music?

Re:Music in the video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210038)

When it's a track that sounds like it came straight out of an NES.

Re:Music in the video (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210073)

A NES doesn't produce a sound with so much body.

Napoleon Dynamite? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209954)

Is that Napoleon Dynamite on the Construction Photos? YEAH!!!

http://web.mit.edu/storborg/ddf/photos.html
htt p://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374900/

well? (1)

djxploit (748198) | about 9 years ago | (#12209956)

did it get them laid?

Re:well? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209986)

yes, actually.

-disco dude

Re:well? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209990)

make that two...

-Disco Dude #2

Re:well? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210058)

Umm, guys... Hate to mention it to you, but when you left there were still the same number of girls in the room.

Knew we should have left the lights on...

-Disco Dude #3

Re:well? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209995)

Dave: Almighty Disco Floor, mayhaps you can give us the laying?
Disco Floor: Sorry Dave, I can't do that.

Ever slashdotted a disco floor? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12209970)

You can even send the floor an email, though it might not write back.

I don't see the part about emailing the disco floor (unless it's in the video which I haven't seen yet.) You can email the creators [mit.edu] , but not the floor itself.

Movie is worth watching. 1 question (1)

Absolut187 (816431) | about 9 years ago | (#12209996)

They mentioned pressure-sensitive resistors, but the things seemed computer-controlled.

Does it respond to a persons weight?

That would be cool. Every time you step down, color emanates in circles from your feet.

They should really start a company making floors for rave clubs.

Re:Movie is worth watching. 1 question (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210006)

The pressure sensors are still a work in progress. Everything in the video is computer controlled.

Geek Power! (1)

Elenthalion (854567) | about 9 years ago | (#12210001)

This thing in friggin' awesome! I love it! This just goes to show that we geeks can come up with some wicked cool stuff that the general tech-ignorant populace can appreciate! (How often does that happen? Seriously) Way to go fellas!

It's cool, and sturdy! (5, Funny)

AndyChrist (161262) | about 9 years ago | (#12210016)

Seriously, I saw one girl in there who was apparantly there to test the floor's durability.

Email for the DDF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210034)

If the email is for sending images to display on the dance floor, I just hope no one will send a picture of the goatse guy.

Sounds very American (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210108)

Flashy
Expensive
Over-complicated
still doesn't get you laid

Something Missing... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210110)

Where's the pole?

Don't look into the light! (1)

oDDmON oUT (231200) | about 9 years ago | (#12210114)

<tinfoil hat>
Of *course* the documents from the 1970s CIA sponsored mind control experiments via the use of multicolored lights were destroyed!
</tinfoil hat>

Geek Chics! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12210128)

So that's what MIT chics look like... ...Run away! Run away!

hmm.. (0)

mdrjr (833705) | about 9 years ago | (#12210129)

USB Connection + 12 Bit Big Led Display + 30fps == Paris Hilton pr0n on the floor..
HEHE.. nice.. i want one of those shits.
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