Almost 30 years ago there was a sound activated electrical switch called The Clapper. The way it worked was simple enough and millions were sold.
Plug The Clapper into the electric outlet, plug in a lamp, and clap to turn the lights on or off. For a whole lot less money Mac users have a similar option, though not with the living room lamps. Yes, friends, there’s an iClapper Pro for your Mac.
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The way iClapper works is rather simple (though there’s plenty of technology going on behind the clapping). Clap, and something happens on your Mac.
iClapper runs in the background on OS X and uses the Mac’s built-in microphone to “listen” for clapping sounds.
Each clapping sound can be set to trigger an action. Multiple claps trigger different actions. Pauses between claps trigger still other actions.
iClapper Pro comes with a bunch of pre-defined actions for things like your screensaver and iTunes control.
The preferences include built-in tools to adjust the sensitivity of the listening to match your Mac’s environment. That calibration should be done first (to match your hand clapping sound).
After calibration all you need to do is set up the trigger options and the actions.
MacBook users will appreciate the presets for different locations (clapping sounds in one area may not have the same sound as another area) with different actions.
iClapper also features a Confirmation setting, and there are standard Growl alerts for the actions.
iClapper Pro comes with a long list of actions to be triggered by clapping. There’s a free version called iClapper with limited functions so you can try it out.
Isn’t this just a bit gimmicky? The answer is yes, of course, but there is value in performing certain functions without having to use the Mac’s keyboard, trackpad, or mouse. Your mileage may vary a bit, too, based upon how your hands clap, how loud the clapping is, and the ambient environment of the room.
It’s fun, though.