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Netflix plus mind-control is the lazy man’s dream come true

/ 06:41 PM January 31, 2017

MindFlix Netflix Hack Day Winter 2017

Gesture control technology is nothing new but could still use some refinement and more development. MindFlix is similar except it uses the head and mind-control to play videos. Image: stock photo

During Netflix’s annual Hack Day, some of the company’s people created a very interesting way of navigating the Netflix interface without the need to spend hours looking for the pesky remote. It’s called MindFlix and it could be the future of mind-controlled, mindless entertainment.

The video above mostly demonstrated what MindFlix is generally capable of. Nodding the head up and down, left and right allows users to browse the Netflix interface. If they find something they like, they just think play. Not a single finger lifted, one’s comfortable spot on the couch remains secured. How this technology will work in a real world situation is yet to be determined but it does hold some promise when it comes to gesture controlled interfaces.


Engadget reports that Hack Day Winter 2017 also produced a couple more interesting projects from the most noble to the down right sinister. Netflix For Good allows viewers to donate to well-known charities after watching socially-conscious videos. Picture-in-Picture on the other hand lets someone monitor what other profiles in the registered account are watching.

Netflix has specified in a blog post that these projects “may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise used outside of Hack Day.”

That’s a bit of a shame. Having to “never move again” would be great when binging on the latest TV series. Alfred Bayle

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