These Ingenious Netflix Socks Pause Your Show If You Fall Asleep

No More Dozing Off and Missing Half a Season

Published On
Dec 16, 2015

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Netflix's tech hacks have already made it possible to dim your lights, order takeout and put on your favorite show with the flick of a switch. And now, it's invented a pair of socks that knows when you've fallen asleep and pauses your show. Really.

Binge watchers will know it's a common problem -- you're midway through a season, but then you doze off and wake up totally lost, finding major characters killed off and others mysteriously alive. But, wear the socks and all this could be prevented.

How? As Netflx explains on its website: "We've based our sleep detection system on a popular method called 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."

Agency Deeplocal once again created the ingenious tech hack based on user-submitted ideas, and anyone can in theory follow the instructions on the website. You can use an existing pair of socks, or, for craftier folks, knit a themed pair following knitting patterns themed by shows like "House of Cards," "Orange Is the New Black" or "Bloodline."