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Netflix invents socks that pause your video for you when you fall asleep

Yes, we're also annoyed these don't say "Peeno Noir."

Having taken the hard steps out of pretty much every facet of our entertainment-focused lives—feeding our binge holes with shows we’ve already seen, recommending new stuff to gorge upon, providing cover for our casual, chill-based hook-ups—Netflix is ready to take one more grueling decision away from its hordes of bleary-eyed TV junkies. The company released a video today showing off “Netflix socks,” a set of fashionable footwear that senses when you’ve fallen asleep halfway through an episode of The Great Food Truck Race—you know, the one you queued up to watch at 2 in the morning instead of going to bed like a goddamn adult—and pauses the video so that you don’t miss a single potato-frying minute.

In a move that suggests that even Netflix thinks you could maybe be being a little bit more active, the company isn’t selling the socks—which use an accelerometer and an Arduino microcontroller to detect activity levels, then sends a pause signal to the TV when they drop low enough for a sufficiently long duration—instead posting them as a remarkably detailed DIY project for crafty bingers to pursue. Besides all the technical details, they’ve also provided a set of pretty adorable sock patterns—including the Kimmy Schmidt-based “Pinot Noir” ones seen in the above video—for knitters to craft into the laziness accomplices of the future.

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[via Business Insider]

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