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Motion Sensors on Shabbos (Sources)
The popularity of Smart Sensors is on the rise. As more aspects of ordinary life are administered by electronic mechanisms, many practical questions are raised about how observant Jewish life is impacted by the new technology.
When the stairwell lights only turn on when sensing your presence, can you use them on Shabbos? What about the inadvertent motion that triggers a neighbors’ outdoor lights? Can you be present in a room that is monitored by closed-circuit surveillance cameras?
A summary and index of the major contemporary Poskim on this issue.
See also: “An Uplifting Shabbos” on the general issue of Electricity and Shabbos.
Query from a Shliach in Florida
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