Here’s a Mac app that brings back memories of late night TV commercials. Remember The Clapper?
It was a sound activated electric switch that would toggle on and off to the sound of your claps. Clap On! would turn on the lamp. Clap Off! would turn the lamp off.
Hello! The Clapper lives on as Mac app. It’s not the official Clapper, but iClapper works on the same principle. Control your Mac by clapping your hands.
That’s right. Clapping your hands.
iClapper listens to the sound in your Mac’s built-in microphone. You assign specific actions to specific number of claps.
To start, you’ll have to calibrate iClapper so it recognizes your hand clapping. Apparently, not all hand clapping is the same.
What do you get for your clapping efforts?
When you clap, iClapper will perform certain functions, like turn on the screensaver, or play something in iTunes, or shut down your Mac.
It’s smart enough to trigger custom AppleScript actions, too.
iClapper has built-in Growl notification support and a simple tutorial to get started with the calibration and setup.
iClapper works at least as well on your Mac as The Clapper did for lights in the bedroom or living room.
I tried setting it up to handle finger snaps, and that worked, too.