Netflix seems bent on rendering you immobile on your couch, as it is reportedly mulling the production of a device called MindFlix that can let you browse the platform's catalogue through mind control.
This means that you can now say goodbye to the remote control, as the process will no longer require you to lift your hands or even move a muscle to navigate the platform's interface.
You could merely think or will the app toward a title, and Netflix will promptly present you with it. You could also think Play, and it would start streaming or video playback.
Based On Muse Headband
The mind control device is being called MindFlix and is probably just a concept. It was first revealed last Jan. 30 via the company's Hack Day Winter 2017 event. The idea is based on the Muse headband, which is touted as a technology that can pick up the brainwaves of its wearer. This device is originally made as a tool to learn meditation and "mindfulness."
"The brain sensing headband can elevate your meditation practice by guiding you through real-time audio feedback based on the state of your brain," the Muse website said. "Muse is the first tool in the world that gives you accurate, real-time feedback on what's happening in your brain when you meditate."
The Netflix engineering team appears to have repurposed the device so that its brain-sensing capabilities could enable the wearer to command the Netflix UI through sheer willpower alone.
Hack Day For Fun
It is important to note that the Hack Day event is being touted as a way for the company's product development team to unwind and conduct fun experiments. Netflix stressed that the ideas that surfaced so far should be taken with a grain of salt.
"While we're excited about the creativity and thought put into these hacks, they may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise be used beyond Hack Day," the developer team explained in a blog post. "We are posting them here publicly to share the spirit of the event and our culture of innovation."
Some sources, however, pointed out that while Hack Day produces some pretty wacky ideas, a number of these inspire actual products. For example, there is the case of Netflix's eventual entry into the virtual reality platform. Variety noted that this came immediately after engineers broached the idea during the Hack Day 2014.
Based on the released video below, let us know if you agree that Netflix is really going to develop MindFlix or if it is just an elaborate joke. It would be one of the really cool hacks that could make user experience more interesting.