Fall Asleep During a Netflix Marathon Without Losing Your Spot

By Alyse Borkan  |  Dec 17, 2015
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Passing out during a Netflix binge is nothing to be ashamed of. But when you wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of the television still going, I bet you wish it would have automatically turned off so you could have slept through the night, and even more importantly, not lost your last in episode 5 of Masters of None.

Netflix has answered our prayers and created a how-to guide for making socks that will pause your current show as you are falling asleep.

The sleep-detection system in the socks off of actigraphy, which uses an accelerometer to tell when you’ve stopped moving. A light in the sock begins to signal when you’ve been immobile, letting you know it is about to pause your show. When you move your foot again, the show will continue playing.

Though you won’t find these socks in stores just yet, if you are a bit handy and don’t mind working with electrical components, you have yourself a weekend craft project. The steps are a bit complicated, but we’ll give you a simple overview of how creating a pair works:

  1. Start by knitting a pair of socks. Pick a design from your favorite show to make these socks extra entertaining.
  2. Connect all of the electrical equipment. Since it would take us from now until bedtime to explain, we’re going to let you read exactly how to do it here.
  3. You will then be able to set up your IR signal. With a bit of programming, your socks will send a signal to your TV to press pause. With some fabric tape and simple stitching, you’ll be able to finally attach it to your cozy pair of socks.

Binge on. Your socks will save your snooze and the snow.

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