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Video producer hacks TV remote to create celebrity idiot auto-mute
I don't watch much television until football season rolls around, in large part because avoidance allows me to escape the Kate Gosselins and Paris Hiltons of the world (yes, I know they're also all over the Internet; go with me on this).
But a new invention from a Brooklyn-based video producer just might enable me -- scratch that, all of us -- to safely increase our TV intake (not that it's a good idea).
The inventor in question is Make Magazine's Matt Richardson, who used a microcontroller board called Arduino to hack his TV remote so it could interact with his television's closed-captioning system.
Richardson explains his inspiration and the geek details in this blog post:
"I don’t know about you, but I’m a little sick of hearing about the same people on TV over and over again. I came up with this Arduino-based solution to mute my TV so that I don’t have to hear about Donald Trump’s feud with whomever or Charlie Sheen’s most recent rant. Using the Video Experimenter Shield, the Arduino is able to decode the closed captioning transcription track, which is transmitted along with the NTSC picture signal. The incoming text is processed for a set of keywords such as “KARDASHIAN” or “SNOOKI” and sends my television’s IR remote control mute command, muting the TV for 30 seconds and then unmuting it (as long as a keyword isn’t mentioned again).
The Make Magazine producer calls his invention "The Enough Already." You can watch the short video below to see how he created the device and how it works "in the wild."
Richardson will present his idea at the Maker Faire in New York City on Sept. 17.
Venture capitalists, start lining up.
(H/T to CNN's John Sutter)