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Smart Socks by Netflix

  • By admin
  • January 19, 2016

Have you ever been fallen asleep while watching your favorite TV series? Then you should probably get socks that pause your show when you fall asleep.

Netflix has built socks that can sense your body to understand when you fall asleep, and then automatically pause your Netflix show. Netflix has not only built the prototype of these socks, but have also put some totally DIY plans online so that you can make your own Netflix socks.

Netflix has installed a sleep detection system called actigraphy,” which uses an accelerometer to tell when you have  stopped moving for a while (presumably when you’ve fallen asleep). The socks have an LED light in the cuff which begins to flash red when you are immobile, letting you know that it is time to pause your show. If you move at all, it cancels the countdown.

The negative side about it is, these socks aren’t perfectly accurate, but still it is a fun idea that wearable makers might want to take note of the socks.

Unfortunately, the special Netflix-pausing socks are not for sale. Instead, Netflix posted a page that will show you how to make socks that will detect when you’ve fallen asleep and pause whatever you’re watching. The instructions require knowledge of knitting, a grasp on electronics and microcontroller programming, and experience with soldering iron.

As the socks use IR signals, so it won’t work with a PlayStation 4 or Apple TV streaming device. Netflix suggests,you could go even further by attaching a pulse sensor to your socks to detect a change in your heart rate.

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