Well, it's obvious really:
You're binge-watching your favourite TV series on Netflix, you fall asleep, and you wake up two hours later having missed a couple of key episodes.
The good people at Netflix have a simple solution that you can make for yourself:
Netflix Socks http://makeit.netflix.com/netflix-socks
These amazing socks detect when you have dozed off, and send a pause signal to your TV / set-top box. A bright LED flashes a warning, so that you can press the over-ride button if you are awake and just happen to be sitting very still.
You can install the Netflix Socks adapter into your favourite pair of comfortable TV-watching socks, or you can download the knitting patterns to theme with your favourite Netflix shows, including Bloodline, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, BoJack Horseman or House of Cards.
The parts list http://makeit.netflix.com/netflix_socks_materials_list.pdf is pretty simple:
- A pair of TV-watching socks (raid your sock drawer, or knit a pair of Bloodline socks)
- Arduino microcontroller (get one of the tiny "wearable" models, such as the Arduino Pro Trinket https://learn.adafruit.com/introducing-pro-trinket/setting-up-arduino-ide or AdaFruit Gemma https://www.adafruit.com/products/1222)
- IR LEDs (to control the TV)
- LED indicator light (to alert you that the Pause function is about to trigger)
- Momentary button (the over-ride switch)
- 12” x 12” piece of felt