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How to build a motion-controlled fan

With this setup, you'll never have to turn on your fan again.
With this setup, you'll never have to turn on your fan again. (Jeremy S. Cook/)

With summer in full swing in North America, finding a way to keep cool is a must. If you’re someone like me who relies on a fan to keep yourself from soaking your clothes in sweat, you’ve probably forgotten to turn it on, or simply wished it’d activate automatically the moment you walked in the room. Fortunately, with a bit of electronics hacking, you can get those fan blades whirring without having to flip a switch.

It’s a fairly simple project, too: just hook an Arduino Uno up to a motion sensor and an electronic switch called a relay, then plug in your fan, and you’re good to

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