From the people who brought you the Netflix Switch comes a cozy idea for the Christmas season. If you're a hardcore Netflix watcher, and an even more hardcore do-it-yourselfer, get out your tools and prepare to never sleep through your favorite TV show or movie again.
Netflix is having some fun with its subscribers, particularly those who seriously binge watch. Say you're a fan of "Orange is the New Black," "Master of None," or "Marvel's Jessica Jones," you know how it goes.
One minute, you're hunkered down for a weekend of nothing but Season 1, Episode 1 until the very last episode. You've got your lights dimmed, your phone's off and pizza's on its way, thanks to the Netflix Switch.
But the next thing you know, Season 1, Episode 1 blurs into Episode Who Knows What? Your binge viewing turned into a long nap.
To help out, Netflix has issued instructions to create Netflix Socks. These socks include an accelerator sensor that'll detect if you fall asleep.
If you fall asleep, Netflix Socks will trigger a pause button on your TV. When you wake up, you're on the same "Jessica Jones" episode you were watching when everything went black.
To make Netflix Socks, you start by knitting a pair of socks, like those in the picture above (you can download designs). Then, the hard work starts.
Netflix's instructions include listing out material you'll need, including such things as an Arduino micro-controller and IR LEDs. Its instructions read like an engineering student's textbook.
For instance, Netflix "used 30-gauge stranded flexible wire and a tiny piece of perf board to simplify the wiring." Of course, Netflix doesn't actually expect you to build your own Netflix Socks. But the idea sure is fun.