The on-demand video-streaming service Netflix has come up with a novel idea for anyone afraid they will doze off during their favourite TV series: socks that automatically pause the show when you fall asleep.
Netflix has published instructions online showing how to make the socks with the headline, "Go ahead. Watch yourself to sleep." A little electronics knowledge and a soldering iron suffice.
The socks work by detecting when the wearer has stopped moving. After a prolonged period of motionlessness, the socks send a signal to the TV to pause the stream. Covering your legs with a blanket may prevent the signal from reaching the TV, however.