Netflix socks pause your show when you fall asleep

Chris Scott Barr - Dec 17, 2015, 3:13 pm CDT
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Netflix socks pause your show when you fall asleep

Have you ever been watching Netflix, only to drift off to sleep when you’re in the middle of a move, or an episode of your favorite show? That was a rhetorical question, because we all know that the answer is “yes.” We’ve all done this, and it’s one of the most important problems to plague the modern world. And that’s why Netflix has been hard at work on a solution.

Okay, so maybe that’s not the biggest problem that needs to be tackled, but Netflix really has been working on a solution. As it turns out, all we need to do is wear a special pair of socks, and we’ll never have to worry about losing our spot again. The best part? You can make your own pair at home.

Yes, someone at Netflix really spent time making special socks that will pause your video once you fall asleep. All the socks really do is detect how long it’s been since you’ve moved your feet. If too much time has passed, an LED will start blinking to warn you that they’re about to pause your video. If you don’t react to that, they assume you’re asleep, and pause the video for you. So what do you need to build these? Check the list below:

  • Knit socks
  • Arduino microcontroller
  • IR LEDs
  • LED indicator light
  • Battery
  • Momentary button
  • Accelerometer
  • 12” x 12” piece of felt

Yes, these are probably beyond the abilities of the average Joe. But if you want to impress your friends, or surprise them with a special holiday gift, you can give it a shot. Watch the video below for a quick overview, and then head over to Neflix for the full instructions.


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