Who hasn't stretched out on the couch to binge watch the latest Netflix original series, only to doze off and wake up on Episode 11?
But if you're wearing a pair of Netflix socks, it should never happen again. The socks, the company claims, can detect when you fall asleep. It stops the show so you can easily resume when you wake up.
According to Netflix, 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 thinks 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.
Sensitive to slight movements
“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,” Netflix says on its website.
The socks require some assembly and even some knitting. It also helps to be familiar with a soldering iron. Step-by-step instructions are contained the the video below.
To make a pair of program-pausing socks, Netflix says you need a pair of knit socks, an arduino microcontroller, IR LEDs, an LED indicator light, battery, momentary button, accelerometer and a foot square piece of felt.
Maybe it would be easier to drink a cup of coffee or strong tea while watching.