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Geniuses Invent Bracelet That Pauses Netflix When You Fall Asleep

Sadly, it's not actually on the market yet.

You can start watching your Netflix show from the exact point you passed out! (Screengrab: YouTube)

You can start watching your Netflix show from the exact point you passed out! (Screengrab: YouTube)

The one thing more depressing than spending your weekend nights alone in bed watching Sherlock is falling asleep before you even find out how he solves the murder, amiright? 

Some Netflix employees have figured out a possible way to solve the highly pressing problem, The Week reports. At an internal company Hack Day last week, a team of five Netflix-ers presented their invention: a customized FitBit wristband that detects when you’ve fallen asleep, pauses whatever show you’re aggressively binge-watching and replaces it with a friendly “Looks like you’ve fallen asleep!” message. When the user returns to Netflix (presumably after a night of Benedict Cumberbatch-filled dreams), they can resume their show from the point at which they previously dozed off.

Sadly, this technology won’t necessarily be coming to a store near you. “We should also note that, while we think these hacks are very cool and fun, they may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or be used beyond Hack Day,” the Hack Day blog post says.

Still, the blog post indicates that most of the Hack Day products were created “in about 24 hours.” If the sleep detecting technology was that easy to create, a real-world version can’t be that far off, right?

And even if it’s not really on the horizon, you could also just, you know, remember to click the pause button before you pass out.

Here’s the video the team presented at the Hack Day:

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