Awesome TV Remote Mutes Most Annoying Celebs

Sadly, creator has no plans to sell them

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 12, 2011 9:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you just can’t take any more Snooki, we have good news for you: Video producer Matt Richardson has come up with an ingenious way to mute her automatically. Richardson hacked a remote control, making it possible to automatically mute the TV whenever a certain word—in this example, "Snooki"—appears in the closed captioning. The best part? The remote can be programmed to automatically ignore anyone you deem distasteful, be it Snooki, Donald Trump, or Kim Kardashian, CNN reports.

Richardson’s hack, which he will debut this weekend at New York’s Maker Faire, automatically mutes the TV for 30 seconds every time the offending word appears—and continues to do so as long as the word keeps popping up. Of course, it’s not a perfect system, as closed captioning isn’t always real-time—but the first time Richardson got it to work, he experienced “silent bliss for that 30 seconds I didn’t have to hear about Kim Kardashian.” He has no plans to commercialize the remote, which cost about $70 and took about a week to make, but you can check out the code he posted here.

In this March 30, 2011 file photo, reality television star Nicole Snooki Polizzi participates in a Wrestlemania XXVII news conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.
In this March 30, 2011 file photo, reality television star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi participates in a Wrestlemania XXVII news conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
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A while ago it was Charlie Sheen. And then it was Sarah Palin. And then it was Donald Trump. And after a while I realized there's sort of always someone who I don't really want to hear about. - Matt Richardson

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