I’m trying to solve a problem with lights automation in my wife’s office. We have a motion sensor installed so the lights come on when she enters and go off when there is no more motion (after 10 minutes).
The challenge we are running into is that she often sits at her computer working or watching movies and doesn’t move enough to trip the motion sensor.
I’ve tried using a power monitor on the computer as a virtual presence sensor (i.e., when the computer monitor is drawing > 5W power, assume she is sitting at the computer). This works somewhat but we find scenarios when the computer monitor is off that the outlet draws significant power (such as if the backup process is running and turning the hard drives), so I’m looking for an alternative.
I’m curious if anyone knows of an application for MacOS that monitors Away From Keyboard (AFK) or Sleep activity on the computer and can then report an event out to ST, either directly or via IFTTT or Stringify type integration. I’ve looked at some of the motion detector apps like iSentry but they only seem to be able to detection motion (not lack of motion) and only seem to send email or audible alerts.
My final alternative is try and build a multi-sensor detector zone but was hoping to find a solution directly on the Mac rather than adding more hardware to her office.