August 12, 2022

Take it from me: You haven’t lived till you’ve woken up in a chilly sweat, pill haphazardly balanced in your doughy, middle-aged intestine, your total episode of SpongeBob SquarePants having run its course. Did SpongeBob lastly get his drivers license?!!! You’ll by no means know. You fell asleep.

Positive, you possibly can replay the episode and scrub again as much as the purpose the place you fell asleep, however that is the USA of America. None of us have time for that.

Reduction could also be in sight, nevertheless: Netflix held itself a little bit hackathon, and one of many ingenious hacks to come back out of the 24-hour key-clacking jamboree concerned a wearable Fitbit gadget able to detecting when a person had fallen asleep.

With its motion-sensing capabilities tied into Netflix’s playback controls, it may then pause the film. When the person went to play the film again later, an choice appeared for resuming the stream on the level she or he nodded off.

Right here’s a fast video demo:

Now, don’t get too excited. Regardless that this was a Netflix-backed hackathon, Netflix says that’s no assure we’ll ever see such a function applied. And it’d have an interest to know the way delicate the Fitbit suggestions is for a setup like this: Lots of people could possibly be mistaken for asleep (or lifeless) throughout a protracted sufficient SpongeBob binge, proper? If we’ve got to periodically raise an arm ever so barely so as to register movement, all bets are off.

Superior Netflix-Fitbit Hack Detects When You’ve Fallen Asleep, Auto-Pauses Your Film [TechCrunch]

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