Imagine you’re attending a lecture just before summer break:
Sun is shining in all its splendor and it’s just a bit too warm to feel comfortable, but as soon as someone walks in the classroom, the fans start spinning and you feel a welcoming breeze. A few minutes later, all that heat leads to storm clouds forming and leaving you in the dark, but suddenly lights go on, automatically, and you start to take notes soon again. Then, your teacher remembers he has a few slides prepared to help you understand that equation you can’t master just yet, he approaches the video projector and connects his laptop. The projector starts doing it’s job and lights dim, again, in an automatic way. After this, you can’t help but to think “There’s no other classroom I’d rather be.”
This is what we’re trying to achieve through the smart classroom project, here at University of Colima, with an array of sensors and tiny computers (called Arduinos) controlling the environment so you focus on what really matters: learning as much as you can.