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Make Show-Stopping Netflix Socks

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The Netflix folks are at it again. If you were at World Maker Faire in New York this year, you might remember the Switch. And now they’re back with their latest DIY project, the Netflix socks. These socks detect when you’ve marathon-watched yourself to sleep (who hasn’t?), and send a signal to your TV, automatically pausing your movie or show. The idea was inspired by ideas from Netflix users, and the technology comes from a FitBit hack that Netflix engineers came up with last year.

They’re clever. They’re cozy. Obviously, we had to make some for ourselves.

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The socks use a method called actigraphy to tell when you’ve dozed off. An accelerometer detects when you’ve stopped moving for a prolonged period of time, then an LED light in the cuff of the sock flashes to let you know that the pause signal is about to be fired. If you’ve fallen asleep, your show will be ready and waiting for you when you wake up – right where you left off.

So get out your soldering iron, pick up those knitting needles and check out the video to see how it’s done. See below for the schematic and get the full instructions at MakeIt.Netflix.com

This project is brought to you by Netflix.

3 thoughts on “Make Show-Stopping Netflix Socks

  1. Socks? so, you can never wash them? Did I miss something? Looks like it gets sewn into the sock. Making it 100% impractical for hygiene, which your feet require. So, you what, wear these over your socks? again, how is this practical?

    And how is this practical in day to day use? you have to either keep your pants pulled up, wear shorts, or not wear pants. Did I miss something else?

    And it won’t work with my nexus player, that uses bluetooth.

    And the switch is not a novel idea either, its a lot of setup for very little reward, and i wouldn’t be ordering the same food every time, so more work than it seems worth. And again, my nexus player is bluetooth, so not very effective.

    I get it, its novel. But, day to day, really?

    1. i think everything is washable (fabric tape, what ever material the socks are..) you just put the electronics aside they will be already soldered and compiled when you decide it must go to the laundry, btw it would be a little uncomfortable to be wearing those things to go to work, gym… etc i think its use its more like a jacket or a hat, so that you wear it in those moment were you are quite relaxed… laid down with very little or no sweats, of course you have to count with the inevitable when you are having some action with your wife,?¿? but i think sex wearing socks its very anti-erotic and like from the 80’s… but its just my humble opinion.

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I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

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Susan Speicher

I’m a mechanical engineer by trade, a crafter by choice. My mother taught me to sew and I’ve been knitting, crocheting, crafting and making ever since. I’ve participated in and led demos at HackPittsburgh and Make:PGH, and you can see my latest projects on Instagram.

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