Make Your Own Netflix Socks That Pause Your Show When You Fall Asleep

Are you a passionate Netflix-er with an interest in microcontroller programming and a penchant for knitting? Who isn’t? Then, does Netflix ever have the project for you!


Make your own socks! Wait, come back, I’m not finished! Not only will these comfy socks be decorated with images representing some of your favorite shows like Bojack Horseman, House of Cards or Jessica Jones, but they’ll also be outfitted with electronics that can sense when you’ve drifted off to sleep and pause your show so that you can resume in the proper place when you awaken. Is that crazy? It is crazy.


The technology is based around an Arduino microcontroller and IR LEDs. Netflix explains:

“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.”

Detailed instructions for knitting, building and programming your socks are available on And if outfitting your socks with this kind of tech has you hungry for more Arduino action, AC Gears has just the thing.

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