TV Remote Automatically Mutes Things That Annoy You

When Charlie Sheen was all the rage on TV, were you about ready to chuck your flat screen out the window? Now, instead of such rash measures as that, you can simply use Matt Richardson’s hacked remote control, which mutes your television for 30 seconds any time certain celebrity’s names are mentioned.

Richardson works from home in Brooklyn, NY, and likes to keep the TV on to stay informed, but became irritated upon constantly hearing about certain public figures.

“A while ago it was Charlie Sheen. And then it was Sarah Palin. And then it was Donald Trump,” Richardson says. “After a while I realized there’s sort of always someone who I don’t really want to hear about.”

Richardson set out to make a TV remote that will automatically mute the TV when certain names are mentioned, and plans to debut and explain his product at the upcoming Maker Faire event in New York. The name of his talk is “Enough Already: Silencing Celebs with Arduino.” Arduino is a piece of computer programming that can be programmed to do anything you want, and the way his works is that it’s programmed to interact with a TV’s closed captioning system.

When a person’s name is spoken, the TV will be muted for 30 seconds, and as long as that person’s name keeps coming up, the remote keeps the TV mute. The first time he used it, Richardson said he experienced “silent bliss for that 30 seconds I didn’t have to hear about Kim Kardashian.”

The Maker Faire is scheduled for September 17 and 18 in New York.


photo from Richardson's youtube channel.

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