Welcome to Laboratory@Home – Derek Low’s science and technology playground.


Lab@Home is a home laboratory site which showcases the projects and experiments I’ve done in my free time.


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Projects in Progress


None  – on a hiatus to travel the world: wheresderek.net





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The Story


A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Bagehot (1826-77)


Laboratory@Home started off in late 2006. I had just completed secondary school education with the Cambridge O-Levels examinations and found quite a fair amount of free time on my hands.


Earlier in the year, together with a friend of mine, Shaun, I decided to embark on one of the most bizarre projects, the Oil PC. We were inspired computer fanatics and overclockers at that time, and were also impulsive enough to submerge a high-performance computer in a dielectric liquid – because it looks cool. We forked out quite a lot of money for the project in order to purchase a fully functional PC, while being partially funded and supported by a extraordinary teacher, Mr Chiam, to carry out such a ridiculous and meaningless experiment in school.


Long story short, the project turned out to be a little disaster and much of the money was literally washed down the drain, along with decomposing oil.


After my O-Levels examinations, I decided to revive my experimenting ways that seem to be based on doing things for the purpose of not making any goddamn sense.


Today, Lab@Home has grown into a full-time hobby which I dedicate myself to showcase what one is able to achieve with science and technology in the comfort of your home. And that nothing should interfere with your education – including statutory laws and parents.


Disclaimer: All experiments and projects presented here are highly dangerous and purely intended for educational and experimental purposes only. Do not attempt them at any rate.