Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sick of Snooki? Tired of Trump? Fab-a-dab-a-Zap Shutdafacesup!

MAKE video producer Matt Richardson from Brooklyn shows you how to use an Arduino microcontroller to mute your television based on keywords found in the broadcast's closed captioning transcription. You can rest easy knowing that you'll never have to hear about Kim Kardashian—or whoever you're sick of—again! 

"A while ago it was Charlie Sheen. And then it was Sarah Palin. And then it was Donald Trump," said Richardson, who is a video producer for Make Magazine. "And after a while I realized there's sort of always someone who I don't really want to hear about."

Like any good hacker, Richardson decided to come up with a fix: He developed a do-it-yourself TV remote control that will automatically mute the television when certain celebrity names are mentioned.

He plans to debut and explain the hack at the upcoming Maker Faire event in New York. The name of his talk is "Enough Already: Silencing Celebs with Arduino." (more) (Wanna go?)