Remember The Clapper? It’s that sound activated light switch. Clap on, clap off. Maybe, some day in the future, we’ll be able to control all our household appliances using Siri on iPhone, iPad, or iTV. In the meantime, you can control your Mac using iClapper Pro.
Yep, you guessed it. iClapper Pro gives you control over the Mac when you clap your hands. I’m serious.
iClapper Pro uses the Mac’s built-in microphone to record your claps and calibrate the sound and then to match the claps to specific actions.
The app captures your specific hand clapping and room acoustics (with additional controls). There are built-in actions for things like triggering iTunes or the screensaver, or to run any AppleScript action.
iClapper Pro has two action triggers. One for multiple claps, and one for clap combinations (claps with a pause). There’s even notification sounds so you know iClapper Pro understood your claps correctly (plus support for Growl notifications).
It can shut down your Mac, put the Mac to sleep (but not wake it up, of course), even play music in iTunes and launch other Mac apps using a simple script.
In my tests iClapper Pro actually works quite well, especially when you calibrate the claps. The only real problem is remembering what your specific claps are supposed to do, and that there are limits to the number of actions iClapper Pro can execute.
Until Siri shows up as the ultimate Mac app launcher and assistant, we’ll have to clap hands to make things happen (or, do it the old fashioned way– hands to keyboard, hands to trackpad, hand to mouse).