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Motion sensor light switch tyranny

El GuacoEl Guaco Registered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
So my employers decided to install motion sensors in all the light switches here in our offices. I have the amazing privilege of having a private office. Unfortunately, this new light switch is positioned so that my PC monitors block the sensor's view of me while I'm working.

So here I am throwing up the GeekSignal hoping that someone will give me a brilliant, cheap idea that means I no longer have to stand up and wave my arms because the room went dark (as in I have no windows kind of dark).

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Move your monitors.

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    Liquid HellzLiquid Hellz Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Strategically placed continuous motion pendulum thingy.

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    bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Strategically placed continuous motion pendulum thingy.

    Usually these detect mass too so a dog won't activate them but a human will. Typically.

    Esh's advice is the best one. Short of doing jumping jacks ever few minutes.

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    DeebaserDeebaser on my way to work in a suit and a tie Ahhhh...come on fucking guyRegistered User regular
    edited January 2011
    +1

    Think geek has a lot of items that will fit the bill. I recommend this one :)

    usb_humpingdogs.jpg

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    IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    Depending on how sensitive the detector is, wouldn't it cease to see him if he is fairly still at his computer, even if the monitor wasn't in the way?

    Either way, getting up and moving is good for you. Learn some stretches and use it as a way to ward of back problems. Or install a large japanese bamboo fountain.

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    El Guaco wrote: »
    So my employers decided to install motion sensors in all the light switches here in our offices. I have the amazing privilege of having a private office. Unfortunately, this new light switch is positioned so that my PC monitors block the sensor's view of me while I'm working.

    So here I am throwing up the GeekSignal hoping that someone will give me a brilliant, cheap idea that means I no longer have to stand up and wave my arms because the room went dark (as in I have no windows kind of dark).

    Write management a new email every time the light goes off while you're working.

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    ashridahashridah Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    We've got light switches like these in our offices here. They work fine when i'm working, since they're sensitive enough to detect any movement whatsoever (it's a light switch, not a security alarm, so a little bit of oversensitivity is ideal, usually)

    Easy advice: move your monitors.
    less easy advice: Get a drinking bird, and something to get the drinking bird up to the level of the light switch.
    far less easy advice: get management to fix hte problem.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited January 2011
    This reminds me of an episode of Better Off Ted.

    The light in my lab does this. If I'm sitting still it goes off after about 30-45 minutes. I usually get up and wave my arms around for a few seconds (they aren't particularly sensitive), but it would get annoying to do all day every day.

    Before you spend money on USB dogs or drinking birds, try to work out how much movement you need to set it off, and where the movement needs to be exactly. One of those little toys *might* not be enough.

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    AtomBombAtomBomb Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Would a strategically placed small mirror work?

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    El GuacoEl Guaco Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Moving my monitors involves rearranging my office. Not a bad idea, really. It just means taking time out of doing real work to do it (says the guy chatting in online forums).

    After looking for some goofball toy or something online, there is really nothing out there that is big enough to do the job without being equally distracting. And the last think I want is some USB humping dog making a constant racket.

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