Adding to our Xmas list, STAT.
Binge-watchers across the world know the dreaded screen that pops up when you've been watching Netflix for a little too long: Are you still watching? F*ck yes, I'm still watching, Netflix! Not only is it annoying, but it's a little insulting. (Don't you WANT us to watch more TV, Netflix?!)
But now, a company called Deeplocal has created socks that can tell when you've fallen asleep while watching Netflix and pauses the program for you.
How does it work? Netflix describes it as follows:
"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."
Netflix even offers step-by-step instructions for how to make your own sock and attach the mechanism. So if you aren't knitting-savvy or don't have a friend who can knit, you're probably sh*t out of luck. Unless, I guess, you're familiar with electronics and can hack your socks to make the device work?
Still, it's pretty neat that there's a way to stop this Are you still watching? madness. How am I supposed to Netflix and chill if Netflix keeps pausing while I'm trying to make out? Jeesh.