While there is absolutely no question that the MuteMagic is a couple decades too late to find real success, there is also no question that people who do decide to buy it will wonder how they ever lived without it — presuming it works as advertised. The website is a throwback to the dawn of the Internet and the device itself looks like something slapped together using parts from RadioShack, but MuteMagic’s promise is nothing short of a game-changer: For just $40, this little gadget will automatically mute commercials while you watch TV.

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The two tiny thumbnail images seen above are the only images of the MuteMagic that can be found on its website. That should give you a good idea of how old school this company is. But it doesn’t make MuteMagic’s promise any less impressive: According to the site, the $40 MuteMagic box “detects and mutes most TV commercials” automatically, potentially having a dramatic impact on the way people watch live television.

Imagine being able to leave the room for a commercial break and knowing exactly when your show comes back on because you hear the TV’s speakers kick back on.

Setting up the MuteMagic seems quite simple. The device connects to your TV or set-top box using a standard composite connection. Don’t worry though, because you don’t have to actually use that dusty old output for audio. Instead, the MuteMagic includes an infrared transmitter that sends mute commands to your TV, surround sound system or whatever else you might have in your setup.

In the era of cord cutting and DVRs, annoying TV commercials are much less of an issue than they have been in the past. For $39.95 though, those of you who do still watch live TV may find this little black box to be a godsend.

A link to the MuteMagic website can be found below in our source section.

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