Mute Those Pesky Celebrities on Your T.V.
Ever get tired of hearing about a celebrity on T.V.? Looks like we can, thanks to “weekend inventor” Matt Richardson of Brooklyn, New York.
He got tired of hearing about certain celebrities and decided to do something about it! He took his T.V. remote in to his hand and took control. No, not just changing the channel but putting together a system that will mute when a tiresome celebrity name is mentioned.
The gadget reads the closed-captioning transcript as it’s aired and then automatically mutes the television for 30 seconds when it picks up certain words.
“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.”
The whole thing cost about $70 to make, he said, and he built and coded it in about a week, working only in his spare time. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a product Richardson expects to be commercialized — it’s just for fun. He posted the code online so other people can play around with it.
The implementation itself is pretty crude, he said. Closed captioning doesn’t always appear in real-time, so sometimes the system will miss a first reference.
If you’re interested, he explains the process in detail in a blog post.
Here is a video that explains it all!
Oh the possibilities are endless! What celebrities are you tired of and would love to mute?