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In a somewhat amusing move, Netflix at the 2015 World Maker Faire show announced something called the Netflix Switch.

What’s that, I hear you ask. It’s basically an Internet-connected DIY physical button that turns on Netflix, dims the lights and puts your phone in Do Not Disturb mode to get you ready for a Netflix marathon with just one press.

“Settle in—the simple way,” teases Netflix. “One press dims the lights, silences incoming calls, orders takeout and turns on Netflix.”

Netflix’s prototype is housed inside a custom wooden enclosure with a standard momentary push button. The electronics include the micro controller, a built-in lithium-ion polymer, an IR blaster and a Particle Core for Wi-Fi connectivity.

Particle Core is an Arduino-compatible development kit that features on-board WiFi. The Switch uses a Netflix Recommended TV that has a remote with a Netflix button to start the console and launch Netflix.

“Our switch recreates this function,” says the firm.

And here it is.

The company also unveiled a DIY kit which allows anyone to create their own Netflix Switch so no two switches need to be the same.

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“We’ll walk you through how we made ours, but encourage you to make your switch your own,“ writes Netflix. “You should be comfortable with a soldering iron and have a solid understanding of electronics and programming before embarking on your journey to one-switch watching.”

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The project is not for the faint-hearted types, however, as basic knowledge of the electronics, web servers and APIs is required before getting started.

Source: Netflix

  • rosssimpson

    This would be 10x better if it was made with wearable in mind (such as the Apple Watch or Android Wear watches)! It would save people forking out for the materials used to make the actual button and more people would end up using it.

    • Good point. Are there any smartwatches on the market with IR sensors at the moment? A Netflix button app would be super simple to make, but it would need to send IR to the TV.

  • :D

    Netflix and chill…

    • Jamessmooth

      ahh you beat me to it! The ultimate netflix and chill

    • Fanboy 

      Apple TV and chill…

  • MrJohnBlaze

    I’d still rather activate it from my phone but cool none the less

  • Morgan Freeman

    “Ow! My balls!”

    -Someone’s TV, I’m sure.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Netflix and chill come to life!

  • Gerardo Castro

    Netflix and chill to the next level, i can dig it

  • Doable with AutoMate IT Pro…