If any of these things are over your head, you will likely have to continue manually performing all of your binge-watching preparations.
Dimming the lights, switching your phone to silent and even ordering a takeaway is all within the button’s capabilities, as the video below illustrates. This isn’t the simplest project, but that’s part of its mystique What better way to impress your Netflix and Chillee than pressing a single, handmade button that turns your living room into a Grace and Frankie marathon for two.
At the 2015 World Maker Faire this weekend, Netflix debuted its prototype and instructions for constructing a giant button the company calls “The Switch”. It’s basically a button that can dim the lights, order food, turn on the TV, and launch Netflix all at the same time.
Putting the switch together requires a bit of technical know-how including soldering components together and some elementary programming, but isn’t entirely out of the reach of amateur tinkerers.
Seemingly inspired by the popular slang for hooking up, Netflix has posted schematics for an internet-connected switch that creates the ideal viewing environment at the push of a button.
To summarize the process, the user gathers the materials in the list Netflix provides for construction – connects the device to your TV’s infrared remote signal, home wireless network, and smart lighting system – gets the source code and programs the microcontroller – and enjoy.