Hacked TV Remote Control Auto-Mutes Snooki

Matt Richardson has developed a deep loathing for certain celebrities and hates to hear them speak in any context. So he's hacked his TV remote to automatically mute the volume whenever certain words appear in the closed captioning system:

Richardson combined a couple of Arduino circuit boards with an infrared LED light -- that little red bubble on the front of your TV remote -- and programmed the whole thing to interact with a TV's closed-captioning system.

The DIY gadget reads the closed-captioning transcript as it's aired and then automatically mutes the television for 30 seconds when it picks up certain words.[...]

As long as that person's name keeps coming up, the remote keeps muting the TV. The first time he got it to work, Richardson said he "was in silent bliss for that 30 seconds I didn't have to hear about Kim Kardashian."


Link -via Dave Barry | Photo by Flickr user university_unions used under Creative Commons license

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Awesome, though there are a few more celebrities and people I wouldn't want to hear from... or just imagine that it could mute certain commercials, while allowing more entertaining ones to pass through.
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