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WORKSTATION INCORPORATING A USER MOTION SENSOR

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000027753D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-09

Publishing Venue

Xerox Disclosure Journal

Abstract

Disclosed is the use of an infrared motion sensor to control power to a computer workstation. Placing the connected sensor nearby allows a switch contained therein to activate and deactivate electrical power to the workstation. The power activates whenever an operator is nearby. Conversely, workstation power deactivates approximately 5 to 15 minutes after the operator leaves the area. When the operator returns the sensor detects body heat and again energizes the workstation before the operator sits down at the terminal. The sensor may be added to existing workstations without affecting the hardware or software to provide a yearly saving in energy costs.