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What if the computer could see and hear you before sleeping?
October 22, 2012 in Utility
[prMac.com] Sao Paulo, Brazil - Independent developer, Marcelo Leite today is pleased to announce the release of Should I Sleep 1.0 for Mac OS X. Having the display dimmed when we're focused on the computer is certainly annoying. Staying alert to "press any key" and prevent (or worse, fix) that, is disturbing and counterproductive. And that may happen during many activities, such as a) carefully reading a web page, book or documentation, b) following the progress of a software operation, c) doing a presentation, training or demonstration, d) on a conversation, taking notes between intervals.
Should I Sleep will revolutionize the way your computer enters sleep mode to save energy. It uses a combination of unique heuristic sensors to check if you are actually at the computer before it sleeps.
When the display is about to dim (due to keyboard and mouse inactivity), Should I Sleep will start its sensors. Camera, microphone all other software processing will stay on for only about 3 seconds. After that (and depending on your sensor preferences), sleep will be allowed or prevented. No need to touch any button.
A heuristic approach:
Currently available sensors are Face Detection, Camera Motion, Sound Activity and External Display. The combination of sensors means that sleep can be automatically prevented in any of the following situations:
* Someone is facing the computer
* A moving object is captured by the camera
* Someone is talking close to the computer
* An external display is plugged-in
Should I Sleep was developed with a modular, extensible approach. We believe that the best sleep prevention is done by analyzing as many environmental elements as possible. That's why we'll be actively adding more sensors in the near future.
For the sake of completeness, we have also added the old-style timed sleep prevention. You just choose a predefined time period for the computer to be kept awake. This mode also prevents screensavers.
* Sleep prevention with unique heuristic sensors
* Timer mode for display and screensaver prevention
* Face detection - the most effective sensor - free
* Additional sensors available as affordable in-app purchases
* Blazing fast, 3-second, hardware-accelerated detection
* Mountain Lion's notification center integration
* Sensor sensitivity and accuracy fine-tuning
* Modular development approach (more sensors on the way)
* Mountain Lion 10.8.2 compatible
* Mac OS X 10.7.3 or later
* 64-bit processor
* 3.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Should I Sleep is available for Free download from the Mac App Store. It includes the Face Detection sensor and manual timer mode for free. Additional sensors can be purchased for an affordable price from within the application menu.
Marcelo Leite (a.k.a. Mr. Milk) has been involved in software development since the eighties, from Apple IIe platform to the current Moutain Lion operating system. Marcelo is also the founder and CEO of AnySoft Informatica, a CRM focused company established in 1995. All Material and Software (C) 2012 Marcelo Leite / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.