Ingenious Netflix Hack Pauses Movie When You Fall Asleep

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Don’t you just love it when two different gadgets come together to make one awesome technology that you never knew you needed until it was invented? Yeah, that’s what we were thinking when we heard about Netflix’s hack of their own system using a FitBit fitness sensor to determine if you’ve fallen asleep while watching something on Netflix.┬áThe FitBit tells your streaming device – computer, smart TV, Roku or whatever – when you have nodded off.


Netflix then pauses the program at that spot, saving your place for later so you don’t have to do the endless fast-forward searching for the last scene you remember. When you wake up, you just go right back to the bookmarked spot at which you drifted off. If you fall asleep watching movies as often as we do, this will seem like some kind of magical gift. This hack came from an internal hack session at Netflix, so there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance that it will actually be marketed – but we can always hope.

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