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Arcade room turned on by Motion Sensor?

By DumbRecords

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Hello, I'm trying to think of a way I could turn on all the machines in my arcade via motion sensor. Currently I have 10 games that are turned on by 2 surge protectors. Basically you have to squeeze between the games to flip on the 2 surge protectors. I was wondering about making it easier by connecting to a motion dectector so basically all you have to do is walk into the room and everything turns on.

    My arcade is open to the public but I figure there are a lot of days of infrequent use, and I would like to save energy if the games aren't being played.

    The closest thing I've found so far is this thing on amazon. It's almost perfect except I want a timer that lasts at least an hour before everything shuts back off. So far the timers on these things only go up to 20 mins.

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    The other challenge is the motion sensor needs to be a good distance away from the wall outlet so it can actually positioned to detect motion of someone walking into the gameroom.

    I'm also hoping to not use a smart phone app to control it as I figure that will come with its own reliability challenges over time and make the solution more complicated than necessary.

    Hoping someone has an idea on how to tackle this.

    #2 1 year ago

    Lots of different ways I’m sure. I use Wemo’ s and Alexa...when I walk in the game room I say, turn on game room and it all comes on. I’m sure a solution could be worked out using Insteon outlets and motion sensors. You basically are going to want to have a WiFi outlet, and then find a system that also has motion sensors. I know Phillips HUE has a motion sensor, but I’m not sure if they have outlets. Almost all these setups run from your phone, so having one that hooks to an app is going to be a necessity more than likely.

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