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Most of us spend far too much time in front of the TV. So I designed a system that will automatically limit when and how much the TV can be on. The system works by controlling the input signal going to the TV. This is done by adding a relay switch to the input cable. When certain conditions are met, the relay is turned on and the TV is able to receive the input signal. Using an Arduino microcontroller, you can program the system to only allow the TV to be on for a certain amount of time each day or between certain hours. You can setup a pin code so that only certain people can turn it on. You could even set it up so that the TV will not turn on unless you have done a certain amount of exercise that day. The system is very versatile and can be customized to fit your needs.

This project is a remix of the project "No TV unless you exercise!" by user "plays in traffic." I saw this project a while back and I just had to make my own version. I attempted to broaden the scope of the project and make it more adaptable to alternate configurations.

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<p>Awesome!</p>
<p>Cool. I need this for youtube, I watch way too many knife and gun reviews.</p>
<p>a good firewall can do this</p>
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<p>This is really cool! Thanks for the shout-out, too. Nice work</p>
<p>How do you prevent the unplugging of your Arduino box ?</p>
You could prevent it from being unplugged from the TV by simply making it the only connector cable in the house. You could prevent it from being unplugged from the power supply by having backup batteries. There are a number of options. But when you get right down to it, if someone is determined, they will get past any system.
<p>You also could power the TV from the exercise you did (or are doing at the same time to save a battery). That will make it a greener project!</p>
That is a good idea. I just don't have my bike generator set up yet.

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Bio: My name is Jason Poel Smith I am a Community Manager here at Instructables. In my free time, I am an Inventor, Maker, Hacker, Tinker ... More »
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