Item of the Day: Netflix Socks

In Item of the Day, What's New by Jeff Prine

netflix-socksThis year as you doze off during that super-exciting Yule Log, you might find your TV pauses exactly where your eye closed.

That would be, however, if your donned your pair of Netflix socks. A do-it-yourself, high tech- meets-low socks are part of a kit that Netflix informs its viewers how to put together.

You start by knitted a pair of socks, or you can use a pair of your own. The socks have a sensor inside called an actigraphy. “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.”

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.

While these socks may seem like a far-fetched gimmick, they are a fantastic way to bring attention to projects that blend technology with crafting, which can be often be dismissed as a low-tech hobby. On its website, Netflix lists all the electronic components and shows show they are inserted into a felt tab that fits inside the socks.

Good idea. If only these socks would skip past commercials…

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