Tired of overexposed celebrities? Auto-mute your TV with this Arduino project

silence on-demand

Enough Already is an awesome DIY electronics project/device that auto-mutes your TV on whatever keyword you set.

When a keyword is received via the closed captions, which are broadcast along with the video signal, the tv is muted for 30 seconds. If a keyword is again received during the 30 second mute, there’s another 30 seconds of mute time — ensuring you won’t have to hear about anything you’re sick of.

The project combines an Arduino board and a Video Experimenter Shield and uses a mashup of pre-existing code plus a few lines of custom code from project creator Matt Richardson.

MAKE has a fantastic video (shown above) that explains the project and provides all the hyperlink resources you need to make and customize your own version of the Enough Already.

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