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Use a custom box to banish advertising form one's life.
OK, so this isn't a new idea, but I think the tech is now
right for a useful and economical implementation.
1st: Your normal TV source, say a cable box or what not is
plugged into the Ad-Be-Gone box. 2nd: the Ad-Be-Gone
box is basically a PC, using a stripped-down linux OS,
is included. The spec can be pretty low,
maybe even within the range of something like the
Raspberry Pi. 3rd: On board sound/picture analysis spots
ads (you'd only need a very small number of pixels to do
the analysis on... the key would be to not tell anyone
where on the image you're sampling from... otherwise
those cheeky ad types will get around it). This is easy
enough to do, I spot patterns in images that are pretty
variable, and with poor signal-to-noise ratio, so TV ads
should be easy. The patterns are updated from the
internet in a similar way to PC antivirus programs update
their 'definitions' also, there should be a 'this is an ad'
button on the remote.
There will be options. A more expensive box will have a
HDD where TiVo-style buffering may be employed, internet
access will perhaps cycle through your Youtube
subscriptions or display slideshows of kittens. The basic
box however, will simply replace ads with a soothing
picture of the Yorkshire Dales/Cotswolds/Lake District
along with a live feed from BBC Radio 4.
||Ad banishment has long been an halfbakery theme.
||I have a team of geishas and kabuki actors to entertain me during ad breaks. When they're not around, I just start watching a programme from the start but 5 minutes after it begins, using my PVR's buffering, and flick forward over ad breaks catching up with live broadcast by the end of the show.
||I like the idea of sampling and comparing to an
online library. [+]
||Rub directly onto forehead.
||We were with you until you mentioned kittens
||I reckon I could sell a box that ONLY cycled pictures
of kittens. I'd hate myself for effectively becoming a