This dude is an idiot for not patenting this. Hacked TV remote will auto-mute Snooki By John D. Sutter, CNN September 8, 2011 9:57 a.m. EDT This DIY remote control, to be shown off at an upcoming conference, can turn the TV on mute when certain words are spoken (CNN) -- When Matt Richardson works from his home in Brooklyn, New York, he likes to keeps the TV on to stay informed, but some celebrity or another is always taking up airtime and bugging him. "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." Like any good hacker, Richardson decided to come up with a fix: He developed a do-it-yourself TV remote control that will automatically mute the television when certain celebrity names are mentioned.... I'd be first in line to buy one.