Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Arkansas Man Invents Device To Bleep Out Bad Language On TV

A University of Arkansas graduate from Rogers has invented a device that is helping to clean up some of the language on TV.

It’s called TVGuardian, and it reads closed captioning on TV shows and movies then mutes certain language replacing it with a profanity free version. It was invented more than a year ago by Rick Bray.

“We were on vacation, sat down to watch ET and ET had some language in it we had forgotten about, we had nieces there too it was quite a surprise,” said Bray.

It led Bray to invent and paten the new device. He said even family shows and movies like the Blind Side contains some questionable language. TVGuardian allows families to enjoy the programming without having to worry about certain words and phrases.

“You might see something like move your tail pop up instead of what was actually there,” said Bray.

There are also all sorts of settings to meet your family’s needs. The device costs $130 dollars for a standard TV and $180 for HD TV. Bray said the last few years have been tough. Due to the digital conversion some of their parts were obsolete and they had to go off the market, but now the business is back on track.

“We’re selling thousands each month,” said Bray.

According to the Parents Television Council TV profanity has increased 69 percent since 2005. Bray said parents need help monitoring what their child is watching and he’s glad to provide it.

“Standards keep on loosening, the only control parents have on what comes through TV is through technology,” said Bray.

TVGuardian can only be purchase online at TVGuardian.com.

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