Netflix's brilliant cure for the only issue with Netflix

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  • Sleep Tracker picks up where you nod off
  • Prototype syncs with device to know if you're sleeping
Netflix's brilliant cure for the only issue with Netflix

Sure, "House of Cards" is great. And so are "Arrested Development," "Orange Is the New Black" and movies and TV series in general.

But as fun and time-evaporating as Netflix is, there remains one giant problem: It is generally watched on a couch or in bed.

Sleep -- already the loyal companion of all at-home movie viewing -- is more than implicitly encouraged, it is often unavoidable. Especially at 10:30 p.m. on a Friday. After a long week. And a late dinner. With wine.

So, here is one potentially revolutionary solution.

By syncing with a wearable device like the FitBit displayed, your show will know when during your program you nod off and then allow you to resume later from that same point.

The Netflix Sleep Tracker was developed by employees as a prototype during a Netflix hack day earlier this month, according to the Los Angeles Times. Sadly, the video's description crushes those very dreams that it enables by noting this "does not suggest that Netflix will be pursuing this idea as a product improvement."

Until then, you'll just have to keep doing things the old-fashioned way and have your significant other elbow you in the kidneys to wake back up.

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