Can’t decide what to watch? Let Chilflix choose for you!
Have you ever found yourself wide awake and in the mood for a late-night snack/movie-sesh? However, after sifting through countless titles, still can’t decide what to eat or watch? Now, imagine your fridge being able to use your behavior to make suggestions: a burger to complement Harold and Kumar or a slice of pizza for Dude, Where’s My Car? As silly as it sounds, that may soon be a reality thanks to one group of Makers and their recent GE Firstbuild hackathon “Think Inside the Icebox” project.
Chilflix — Netflix + Chillhub, get it? — is a fridge magnet that recommends flicks based on the moment at which you’re snacking. The device can’t tell exactly what it is that you’re feasting on, but instead uses time as the determinant for which movie best suit the mood. For instance, Chilflix will offer up a comedy and drama between the hours of midnight and 4am, while dishing out a science fiction or horror film from 5am to 8am.
How it works is pretty simple: A light sensor sits inside GE’s new Wi-Fi-enabled Chillhub collecting data from the opening and closing of the door, and wirelessly communicates with an Arduino embedded inside the Chilflix to display the movie title on an LED panel — driven by another Arduino. Since Netflix shut down its API, the team used themoviedb.org in order to supply the recommendations.
Until Chilflix comes to your fridge, it looks like you’ll have to continue scrolling through Netflix and buying movies the old-fashioned way. In the meantime, check out the project’s FirstBuild page here.