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Looking for an object that will move just frequently enough to continually trigger a motion sensor.
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My job is one I can do largely from home. Officially, I'm not required to come in at all, but some of my bosses nonetheless prefer that employees be physically present in the workplace.
My office has frosted glass windows, so my bosses' only clue as to whether I'm physically present is whether my light is on or off. However, I can't just leave the light on all the time so as to appear to be present, because it's on a motion sensor timer and will turn itself back off when I'm not there. I'd like to fix that.
What device can I install in my office that (1) will move continually, preferably on a programmable schedule, (2) will trigger the sensor, and (3) is a perfectly plausible, innocuous object to keep in one's office?
When the lights time out, I have to wave my hands above my head a little to trip the sensor again, so it's not exactly a hair-trigger.
Ideas so far include a Roomba or an oscillating fan, though I don't think either would move enough to trip the sensor, and the Roomba would be a weirdly suspicious object to have in one's office.