Netflix Has Devised Special Socks That Pause Your Show When You Fall Asleep

The catch? You’ll have to DIY them

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Another #FirstWorldProblem, solved.

First came The Switch, allowing Netflix users to program a switch that does everything to prepare for a Netflix marathon, including turning on the TV, opening Netflix, dimming the lights, silencing your phone, and even ordering food. Netflix now introduces Netflix Socks, the perfect addition to your next Netflix marathon.

Netflix Socks is another DIY project devised by Netflix, which automatically pause the show when the user falls asleep. Netflix writes, “Go ahead. Watch yourself to sleep.” With Netflix Socks, spoilers and trying to remember where you dozed off will be a thing of the past. The sleep detection system of the socks is based on a popular method called actigraphy, which detects when a user has stopped moving for a prolonged period of time and in response triggers a signal to the TV that pauses Netflix.

For this DIY project, you will need some knitting skills and technology skills. You can get around the knitting component by using a pair of socks you already own, however Netflix offers a variety of sock patterns inspired by popular shows. They include a pair featuring a glass of pinot noir for fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (or fans of sipping this wine during Netflix marathons), a sushi roll for fans of Chef’s Table, and a slice of pie for Orange is the New Black fans.

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Full instructions on making Netflix socks can be found here.