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Netflix Socks pause shows when you fall asleep


Netflix Socks detect when you’ve dozed off and send a signal to your TV, automatically pausing your show. 


How many times have you turned on a movie or prepared to binge-watch a TV series, only to doze off halfway through? Good news: that may be a thing of the past, thanks to Netflix.

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The company has created a pair of knitted socks that will automatically pause whatever you’re watching once you fall sleep. An accelerometer detects when you’ve stopped moving for a prolonged period of time and triggers an IR signal to your TV to stop Netflix. When it senses that you’ve begun to snooze, an indicator LED (a Flora NeoPixel) flashes red, alerting you that it’ll soon hit pause — any motion will stop it from firing. An Adafruit Pro Trinket (ATmega328) serves as the brains of the operation.

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Aside from a little sewing experience, the socks call for some soldering and programming skills. The electronics are embedded in felt and sewn to the cuff of the sock. Netflix has even provided 17 pattern templates inspired by its most popular shows, including Unbreakable Kimmy SchmidtMaster of None and House of Cards.

This isn’t the first guide the company has released for Makers looking to enhance their viewing experience. If you recall, they introduced the infamous Netflix and Chill switch back in September. Never miss a moment again and head over to the Netflix Socks’ page here.

These smart socks will let you know what’s up in the washer


Get ready for the I-o-Feet.


When you think of the billions of “things” that will one day be connected to the Internet, socks may not be one of the first items that come to mind. However, as recent reports have suggested, the smart clothing and electronic textile segment is expected to grow by leaps and bounds, so it was only a matter of time before the IoT would head to our feet.

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First reported by our friends at Adafruit, Maker Guido Burger has developed an intelligent sock prototype packed with a LilyPad ProtoBoard, a LilyPad RGB LED, an Arduino Pro Mini (ATmega328), and most importantly, an Adafruit FLORA 9 DOF sensor. The sensor is tasked with driving the RGB LED and enables a user to do one of two things: monitor the sock during the washing process and find answers to questions that they may’ve never thought about. For instance, have you ever wanted to know how many g-forces a sock has to survive or how many times will it be washed?

The idea was first conceived after Burger had been working on a smart home hack. When presented with the option of a smart oven, fridge or washing machine, he decided the latter was the most interesting one.

“Because why the heck do you need a smart washing machine at all? They are already smart (weight sensor, special washing programs), but I got interested as the cloth in the washing machine was not at all connected,” the Maker reveals. “So, taking the possibility to transmit data from a sensor being under water was a great basis – a must have.”

While working on the project, Burger discovered that he needed to coat the electronic components with acrylic resin — except on the through-holes for the conductive thread. The Maker also tells Adafruit that he switched from a LiPo battery to a coin cell, as it had a better rating for this rough and tumble temperature changing life.

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With the prototype complete, the Maker has embarked on the next iteration of the smart sock. This time, it will be equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy, which will allow for it to work with an accompanying app to collect and visualize data from a smartphone. As seen in previous projects from Burger, Platinchen (or blueIOT) is a platform from Fab-Lab Germany that combines a certified BLE module along with an ATmega328P MCU.

Want to learn more? Head over to Adafruit’s official write-up here.