Netflix published instructions yesterday for making socks that sense when you fall asleep and immediately pause the show you're watching—perfect for the fan who's lazy enough to binge watch shows to the point of exhaustion but industrious enough to knit and program high-tech socks.
The socks work thanks to a device called an accelerometer that is very sensitive to motion. When you haven't moved in a while, it sends a signal to your TV to pause whatever show or movie you're watching. Don't worry if you normally aren't fidgety when you watch TV. "The accelerometer is very sensitive to little movements," Netflix says, "so it’s good at detecting when you’re just sitting still, raptly watching Netflix, and when you’ve actually fallen asleep.
Maybe the best thing about the DIY guide to making these socks is that it includes knitting patterns inspired by Netflix's most popular shows. Most of the patterns will only make sense as an in-joke to people who have watched these shows, so it's a good way to test show compatibility with a date with whom you're (*sigh*) (*big sigh*) "Netflix-and-chilling" (*biggest sigh*).
Frankly, most people will probably have to buy these from someone who doesn't turn the color of a well-worn gym sock at the mention of "soldering." But check out the rest of these designs so you know what to look for on Etsy:
Weirdly, no Lillyhammer socks.