DIY Netflix Socks
- Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter Kit - $54.99
- Heat Holders Thermal Socks - $16.11
- Make: Arduino Bots and Gadgets - $18.25
- Make: Ultimate Microcontroller Pack - $159.99
- Getting Started Knitting Socks - $15.02
No, Netflix Socks aren't socks for advertising your love of Netflix. They're actually useful. They're DIY socks that both cover your feet and have your back when you're watching your favorite streaming movies and shows at the end of a long day. Or late at night. For the 6th straight hour. At any time you really, really want to see what happens, but just...can't...keep...your eyes...open. Netflix Socks detect when you've passed out during a show or movie, and then send the pause signal to your TV so you don't spend all of your alert time the next night trying to figure out where you left off. They're a remote control with one function. One single, glorious function.
According to Netflix, "Making Netflix socks from scratch means doing a little knitting and building some electronics." Yeah, I kind of stopped reading after that since knitting and building electronics currently reside in my personal skill set black hole. I also wonder how many people out there are proficient at both knitting and building electronics. If you're one of them I'd like to hear from you. And I'd like you to make me some Netflix socks.
For everyone else, maybe the toe remotes could be a joint collaboration between you and a loved one who knows how to do the part of the build you don't. Maybe you could make two pairs, thereby creating the perfect symbiotic gift exchange at Christmas. Or maaayyybe Netflix could pause its 4th Breaking Bad binge rewatch for a sec, get its lazy ass of the couch, and mass produce the socks for profit like a normal American company.
If you're really interested in the specifics of the DIY Netflix Socks, the company's Make It website includes complete instructions for fabrication. The short of it is that you'll need to knit some Netflix-worthy socks (though they do acknowledge you could use an existing pair), do some microcontroller programming, and haul out the soldering iron.