We don’t think we’ve been this excited and intrigued by an attempt to be convenient since the Dominos pizza ordering button; Netflix has created smart socks that can detect when you’ve fallen asleep and pause your show for you to make sure you don’t miss anything.
For those of us who frequently push themselves to the Netflix binging edge, this is revolutionary; no longer will we fall asleep half way through an episode and find ourselves picking back through scenes trying to find our place the next night and spoiling future episodes. It’s like doing the least satisfying jigsaw in the world.
Fortunately, Netflix feels our pain, it hears our confused declarations of “I don’t remember this!”, and it’s offered this solution in the form of a DIY tutorial. No, they’re not selling the socks, you have to put them together yourself. You have to work for your right to be lazy, and that work involves knitting, electrical components, and dedication.
The socks have an accelerometer that detects when you’ve stopped moving for a period of time. Don’t worry if you look like a statue when you watch TV, though; before the socks activate the pause button, a light on the side will glow to warn you that the pause is coming and a simple kick of your foot will let Netflix know you’re still watching. Admittedly, this probably isn’t great if you tend to move when you sleep and it’ll only make those falling dreams where you kick your leg even more annoying.
One of the best things about the idea is the knitting patterns that Netflix has released for the socks. They’re based on some of Netflix’s most popular original series like BoJack Horseman, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I can’t even tell you how much I want a pair of Pinot Noir socks for my next Netflix weekend.
If you think you have the patience and dedication to create your own Netflix socks, you can find the tutorial here, as well as a materials list, and a schematic. At the very least you could get some wonderful knitted socks out of the experience.