Netflix test feature ‘Sleep Tracker’ can detect when users fall asleep

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netflixThe good news is Netflix has built a feature for its service that can detect if users fall asleep while watching a movie. The bad news is that users may never get to try the feature out.

The video streaming company held a 24-hour hack day earlier this month during which staffers created numerous features that could potentially be integrated into Netflix’s service. Among them was “Sleep Tracker,” a feature that capitalizes on the technology of wearable devices to detect if users have fallen into a slumber.

In its prototype of the feature, Netflix said, it collects data from a FitBit fitness tracking device to determine whether a user is still watching or has fallen asleep. If the user is snoozing, Netflix will turn down the audio and pause whatever the user is watching.

The next time the user wants to watch the movie or TV show she fell asleep during, Netflix will ask the user if she wants to watch starting from the moment when she fell asleep.

Netflix posted a demonstration of the Sleep Tracker feature on YouTube along with a few other features that were developed during the hack day.

Read more at latimes.com