If you regularly miss phonecalls because your TV or music is turned up too loud, or you want to avoid that desperate hunt-for-the-remote before the answerphone picks up, the TV Silencer may be for you. It may not be pretty, but it can automatically mute your TV or stereo, or even pause your DVD, whenever a call comes in.
Video demo after the cut
Basically, it's a very specific programmable remote, which you teach how to hit the mute buttons on your TV and stereo together with the play button on your DVD player. It's of no use to cellphone users, though, only landlines, but if you've got an elderly relative who turns their TV up so high they drown everything else out, it could be a useful gadget.
Neatly, the TV Silencer draws its power from the phoneline, rather than from a separate power cable, so in effect the phone company are paying for you to use it. If that's not a bargain, I don't know what is. The TV Silencer is available now, priced at $44.95.
[via Red Ferret Journal]