Netflix hosts a semi-regular event called Hack Day. Don't worry though, "hacking" usually refers to trying to come up with a new way to use or present a product. It's basically Silicon Valley jargon for a product prototyping marathon.
Netflix's latest Hack Day came up with some interesting ideas over a 24-hour time limit. Keep reading to vote on which one you like best in my special poll.
- Netflix Hue: This concept revolved around using Philips "smart" lights to change their color along with the soundtrack or visuals of a movie.
- Nerdflix: An old-school text-input user interface for Netflix. If you're familiar with how DOS computers used to work, then you'll know how the aesthetics of this product prototype.
- Oculix: A prototype that uses the Oculus Rift VR technology to simulate an actual movie theater using the Netflix storefront.
- Netflix Mini: Probably the most feasible of the bunch, Netflix Mini is a browser extension for Chrome which automatically creates a smaller window on the upper right of your browser so you can watch movies and post on Facebook hassle-free.
- Circle of Life: While the name might be a little presumptuous, Circle of Life could potentially teach you about your tastes by graphing what movies you watched and which "category" of movie fan you belong to.
You'd think that Netflix would have gotten streaming video online down pretty well at this point. Events like Hack Day just prove how much 24 hours of programming can change.
So, which one would you want to see? Let me know by voting in the poll below.