Netflix—everyone’s favorite streaming service and many people’s healthiest relationship—is all too aware that we’re collectively going to die alone with the TV still on, so it’s pretty unnecessary to ask if we’re “still watching,” because of course we still are, Netflix. Life is just waiting for take out, eating take out, or lounging after too much take out.
To save us from embarassment, Netflix recently created high-tech socks to improve everyone’s TV-sleep ratios and absolutely no one’s “Netflix and chill” game. To up the latter, you don’t need socks. You just need charm (and a bottle or two of wine you “accidentally” found “leftover” from that “charity dinner” you “hosted”).
You can design your own socks, choosing from patterns inspired by Netflix programming. My favorites are either Master of None’s taco or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s glass of Pinot Noir (because the eponymous song on the show is amazing).
Here’s how it works.
We’ve based our sleep detection system on a popular method called actigraphy. 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.