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This is an awesome project by Matt Richardson, called the Enough Already:

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).

Posted on August 16, 2011



  1. I have an even more simple and elegant solution requiring no hardware mods:
    Turn the fucking TV set OFF.

  2. Marco says:

    no more tv for me, only have net channels that i know will not play the media loop so experienced on most tv channels these times

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