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Whether it's Brian Cox telling you how amazing everything is or the Go Compare guy wobbling around to the rehashed tune he sings, television is awash with codswallop that can easily become annoying.

Many of us simply hit the mute button, or possibly even standby, should such irritations become too much to bear. However, one bright spark has created a tool which automatically silences the television set whenever a particular celebrity or displeasurable subject pops up. And brings back the volume when they shut up.

Matt Richardson's 'Enough Already' tool is able to decode the subtitle track generally transmitted alongside an image.

Using the Arduino platform with a Video Experimenter Shield, as well as a few lines of custom code, text is filtered for annoying keywords such as "Jeremy Kyle" or "Tinchy Stryder". If a phrase is found, the kit sends out an infra-red command to the TV silencing all content for 30 seconds.

Here's a video of how it works:

The Enough Already project is still very much in its infancy, and Richardson reckons the kit could be used for much more. He even talks up potential for a TV inebriation game in which a light flashes every time a particular word or phrase is used, signalling a shot is in order.

Nice to see someone has their practical thinking drinking cap on. ®

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