Now that the Internet and news media have brought viewers closer to celebrities than ever before, the backlash is setting in: we’re sick of it. Enough already! Hundreds of thousands of Internet users have already shielded themselves from celeb saturation using Greasemonkey scripts like tumblrsavior, or browser plug-ins along the lines of Shaved Beiber. But that wasn’t enough for MAKE blogger Matt Richardson—he wanted his TV to shut up about Sheen, too.
His solution? The Arduino Enough Already! It examines the closed captioning transcription track for a TV channel for certain key words—celeb names, in this case. When the Ardunio detects a blacklisted word, it sends an IR mute command to the TV, muting the sound for 30 seconds after the flagged content. If the keyword is mentioned again in that time, the TV stays silent for a little longer. The code is a mix of two already-published tutorials, plus a little extra for the keyword search.
Richardson suggests add-ons in his post on MAKE: a flashing beacon that will alert you to a topic of interest, or an incorporation of closed captioning into a TV drinking game. How would you use the Enough Already?
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