Netflix Releases Schematics for Instant Netflix and Chill Button

Netflix Releases Schematics for Instant Netflix and Chill Button
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Getting off of the couch to do anything is terrible, especially if your plan is to be on the couch binge-watching shows and snacking anyway.

At the 2015 World Maker Faire this weekend, Netflix debuted its prototype and instructions for constructing a giant button the company calls "The Switch." When pressed, the Switch dims your lights, orders you food, turns on Netflix — and silences all incoming calls.

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Source: Jack Smith IV/Mic

To build one, you'll need to understand electronics prototyping, APIs, basic schematics and how to build network-connected devices. If any of these things are over your head, you will likely have to continue manually performing all of your binge-watching preparations.

"This is for makers, and everyone who've already thought about this or done it in some form," a Netflix brand creative representative told Mic when we swung by the small lounge they built for the fair. "Personally, I could not do this."

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It was Netflix's first appearance at the World Maker Faire, which is like the world's largest science fair for drones, 3D printers, connected devices and hackable projects. On a pad where Netflix was taking requests for its next project, someone named Kathryn left a suggestion for "a dating portion of Netflix that allows you invite someone to 'Netflix and Chill,' and gives you a suggestion for what to watch based on mutual preferences."

Clearly, the next generation of maker and inventors have the right ideas for our future.