Sometimes a Netflix binge is so good, you just can’t stop. And the next thing you know, you’ve passed out. To fix the problem Netflix has released a handy how-to-guide for making ‘smart socks’ which will pause a show when it detects that you’ve fallen asleep.
“Making Netflix socks from scratch means doing a little knitting and building some electronics. If knitting isn’t your thing, you can always enlist the help of a knitting-savvy friend or simply use socks you already own. To build the sensor, you’ll need an understanding of electronics and micro-controller programming, and be comfortable around a soldering iron,” said 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 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.