At MIT a group of students used their technical expertise in order to turn our dorm room allow for complete control of the entire room. There are automated blinds, music controls, and lighting controls. The system allows the whole room to be controlled from a single panel. The designs for this room are online and can be found at: http://web.mit.edu/zacka/www/midas.html This page details how the system is built and how to do it yourself.
On top of the complete control, various ‘mood’ settings can be set, and the different components of the room operate in together to create specific ambient background. The speakers will play music according to the mood, the blinds will open or close as needed. The lighting will adjust in brightness. It is even possible to active a ‘party mode’ which turns the dorm room into an instant party.