162. The Clapper

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If you have two hands, you can’t help applaud the original Clapper. First sold in 1985, worked with a lamp or any other electric . You plugged the Clapper into an outlet. Then plugged your lamp into the Clapper. By clapping , you turned the lamp on or off. It a convenient gadget that also became popular with people. TV commercials showed grandma lying in bed . She put her book down, clapped twice, and to sleep with a big smile on her . She didn’t have to reach for the lamp or get out of bed and turn off wall switch. The only problem with the original was that your barking dog, or your neighbor’s , could also turn your lamp on or off.
current Clapper works with two lamps or other , such as radios and TVs. TV commercials show reading in bed while the TV is on. puts the book down, claps twice to turn the TV, and claps three times to turn the lamp. Then she goes to sleep with big smile on her face.
Clapper Plus is big hit, too. It can be adjusted to to the loudness of your clapping. It has light to indicate if you are clapping loudly . It has an “Away” setting for security; when ’re not home, Clapper Plus will automatically turn on light or the TV if it detects a . The light or TV should help scare away . Clapper Plus also comes with a remote control, that if grandma is extra tired, all she to do is click the remote. The two sell for about $20 and $30.
A $40 might be in stores next year. Because many feel that clapping or clicking is “a lot work,” the company is developing a voice-operated Clapper. ultimate goal, said a Clapper spokesman, is a -operated Clapper.