Build a DIY Clapper to Hone Your Electronics Chops

By Jason Fitzpatrick on February 7th, 2011

If you’re looking for a fun electronics project to hone your tinkering skills with, this fun project guide shows you how to build a Clapper to control gear around your house.

For those of you that missed out on the awesome commercials of the 80s and early 90s, The Clapper was a device you plugged into the wall between something you wanted to turn off and the main current–the commercial usually featured a lamp. It relied on sound to shut the device on or off, “Clap on!” and “Clap off!”. Check out the video below to see a DIY model in action.

How to Make a Clap-Clap on / Clap-Clap Off Switch Circuit! [Instructables via Hack a Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/7/11
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