DIY Device Mutes Your TV When Someone You Don’t Like Is Mentioned

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Matt Richardson created a wild Arduino system that mutes a TV whenever a name or other keyword is broadcast on TV. It uses the closed caption track and an IR blaster to grab what’s currently playing and then mute the TV for 30 seconds – or more – depending on the current topic.

The project uses the Video Experimenter Shield, Lady Ada’s IR tutorial, and some basic code to scan the captions for keywords.

The best thing is that the product actually works quite well, muting the TV as soon as Kim Kardashian is mentioned, even in passing. It may make for an excellent election-year project for folks who may or may not be sick of certain politicians.

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