Nothing beats lazy days of just hanging around your house, sitting in front of the TV and comfortably watching your favorite shows. What is even better is doing just that with food and dim lights. Just chilling, so to speak. And we all know apps can do pretty much anything these days. So what if it does the chilling for you, too?
Popular streaming service Netflix has gotten you covered on the streaming of all your favorite shows. Now, the service can also do the chilling for its users as it introduces the 'Netflix and Chill' button. The physical button is officially known as the 'Netflix Switch' but is also dubbed by netizens as the 'Netflix and Chill' a popular slang among youngsters.
The Netflix Switch works by automatically turning on the streaming service when switched. Also, it dims the lights and allows users to have easy access to food delivery services as they enjoy their favorite shows. The Netflix Switch also turns on the smartphone's 'do not disturb' mode for an uninterrupted binge-watching session. The switch's prototype has been unveiled by the streaming service last week.
Users can make their own Netflix Switch buttons, but it will take some expertise in electronics to do that. Netflix has listed everything needed to make the Switch in their website, and it will also release builds of the new gadget. The Switch has batteries and LEDs and is powered by a Particle Core, according to Engadget.
"You'll see that we built a switch that does everything you need to get ready for a Netflix marathon with just one press," Netflix said of its new device. The site lists down the process of making the Netflix Switch, step by step. It also shows a video demonstrating the building of the button.
Netflix is also currently taking suggestions for its next build on the Netflix Switch. Netflix has recently made service subscription available in its iOS app. With this, in-app purchase can be done, unlike before, when subscription is only available via the Netflix website. The streaming service has also recently been reported to be coming to the Oculus Rift VR headset, as part of Facebook Inc.'s plan to sell video games and movies with the device. Facebook acquired Oculus Rift last year.