Homemade gizmo lets users censor annoying TV content

enough-already

Frustrated by the saturation of mindless celebrity news on television, electronics hobbyist and MAKE Magazine blogger Matt Richardson decided to find a way to cut out television content that he has no desire to subject himself to, like, say, reports about Kim Kardashian’s new haircut, or other such drivel.

To accomplish this goal, Richardson created the Arduino Enough Already!. Based on the open-source electronics and programming platform Adruino, this tiny gizmo connects to the television, and is able to automatically mute the sound when pre-established keywords are mentioned.

The Enough Already! achieves this auto-censoring by decoding the closed caption data, which is broadcast through the NTSC picture signal. Richardson coded the device to pick up on certain words (he chose names like Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen, but you could choose literally anything).

When a designated keyword comes through the closed caption, a modified LED on the Enough Already! acts like the TV’s remote, and commands the television to mute for 30 seconds. (Mute duration can be increased or decreased depending on user preference.) If the keyword comes through again, the clock resets, and keeps the sound off.

Because the Enough Already! is based entirely on an open-source platform, users can tweak the device to match their specifications — or to do something else altogether. Richardson suggests some mods to his creation, like adding a flashing light that illuminates when a word you do want to hear about is mentioned, or as a signal for a drinking game.

The downside to the Enough Already! is that one must possess a higher-than-average tech savvy in order to make the thing work. It’s possible to buy the various components for the contraption already assembled, but it takes some programming know-how and other tinkering skills to get the thing going.

Watch a video about the Enough Already! below:

Home Theater

Say goodbye to the box: The future of home theater has no use for receivers

One of the most intriguing new trends to come out of CES 2019 this year comes from a technology that has been around for years. WiSA, now in new LG TVs, has the potential to cut the wires and change the home theater landscape forever.
Home Theater

What are HDMI ARC and eARC? Here’s how they can simplify your home theater

HDMI ARC is one of the coolest TV features at your disposal. But if you're like most folks, you have no idea how it works, if you even know what it is at all. Here's our primer on HDMI ARC, as well as the next generation technology, eARC.
Movies & TV

From premiere date to footage: Here's all we have on 'Game of Thrones' season 8

With the eighth and final season looming, Game of Thrones fever has officially become a pandemic. Our list of all the relevant news and rumors will help make the wait more bearable, if you don't mind spoilers.
Home Theater

The best movies on Netflix in December, from 'Buster Scruggs’ to 'Roma'

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Emerging Tech

Why wait? Here are some CES 2019 gadgets you can buy right now

Companies come to CES to wow us with their cutting edge technology, but only a few products are slated to hit the market right away. Here is our list of the best CES 2019 tech you can buy right now.
Emerging Tech

Drones: New rules could soon allow flights over people and at night

With commercial operators in mind, the U.S. government is looking to loosen restrictions on drone flights with a set of proposals that would allow the machines greater freedom to fly over populated areas and also at night.
Emerging Tech

Yamaha’s new app lets you tune your motorcycle with a smartphone

It used to be that if you wanted to tune your motorcycle’s engine and tweak its performance, you needed specialized tools and even more specialized knowledge. Yamaha’s new Power Tuner app changes that.
Emerging Tech

Short film celebrates New Yorker’s amazing robot costumes

New York City resident Peter Kokis creates stunning robot costumes out of household trash. His designs are huge, heavy, and extremely intricate, and never fail to turn heads when he's out and about.
Emerging Tech

In a first for humankind, China is growing plants on the moon

Having recently landed a probe on the far side of the moon, China announced that it managed to grow the first plant on the moon, too. Here's why that matters for deep space travel.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…
Emerging Tech

Want to know which drones are flying near you? There’s an app for that

Want to know what that mysterious drone buzzing over your head is up to? A new system developed by AirMap, Google Wing, and Kittyhawk.io could soon tell you -- via a map on your phone.
Emerging Tech

A Japanese hotel fires half its robot staff for being bad at their jobs

Japan’s oddball Henn na Hotel has fired half of its 243 robot staff. The reason? Because these labor-saving machines turned out to be causing way more problems than they were solving.
Emerging Tech

CERN plans to build a massive particle collider that dwarfs the LHC

CERN already has the world's biggest particle accelerator. Now it wants a bigger one. Meet the 9 billion euro Future Circular Collider that will allow physicists to extend their study of the universe and matter at the smallest level.