With the holiday season just around the corner, most network and cable TV shows are on hiatus, leaving a void for viewers that can easily be filled with streaming movies and/or TV programs on Netflix. It doesn't take long for one episode to turn into 10, which can sometimes lead to an impromptu nap. Depending on how long you doze off for, you could miss hours of programming, with no way to know where you left off. It's a binge-watcher's nightmare, but, thankfully, Netflix has a solution: Netflix Socks.
As part of the /netflix-testing-ads-original-series/streaming service's new Make It initiative, Netflix has unveiled detailed instructions on how to make special socks that will automatically pause the movie or TV series, if you happen to fall asleep. How is this possible? Will Netflix be monitoring your home to see when you've dozed off? Sorcery? Not quite. Actually, it's a bit weirder than that. These socks use a method known as "actigraphy." Here's an excerpt from the Make It site.
"We've based our sleep detection system on a popular method called actigraphy. An accelerometer detects when you've stopped moving for a prolonged period of time and triggers a signal to your TV that pauses Netflix. When it detects that you've dozed off, an LED light in the cuff of the sock flashes red, warning that the pause signal is about to be sent to your TV. Any motion will stop it from firing. The accelerometer is very sensitive to little movements, so it's good at detecting when you're just sitting still, raptly watching Netflix, and when you've actually fallen asleep."
The site has a parts list, with links to purchase these items, along with detailed instructions on how to make these socks. If you prefer to knit your own socks, they even have a number of downloadable sock patterns from Netflix Original TV shows such as Bloodline, Marvel's Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bojack Horseman and many more. The rest of the process can be a bit complex, and the site suggests that, if you take on this project, "you'll need an understanding of electronics and microcontroller programming, and be comfortable around a soldering iron."
This project is the second featured on their Make It website, with the first being a device known simply as "The Switch," which allows you to access Netflix, silence your devices, dim the lights in your home, and even order dinner with the press of a button. You can visit MakeIt.Netflix.com/The-Switch to learn more about this device, and, if you have an idea of your own that would make the Netflix experience better, you can submit it to the site as well. Take a look at the video below that demonstrates how the Netflix Socks work.