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This Hack Lets You Control Netflix With Your Mind

Dave Parrack 30-01-2017

The latest Netflix Hack Day has spawned five more Netflix hacks unlikely to ever see the light of day. Still, one of them, called MindFlix, actually lets you control Netflix with your mind. So while it may not be a thing right now, if we all concentrate hard enough then who knows…


I think we can all agree that Netflix is brilliant. Sure, its brilliance depends on where in the world you live (unless you make use of a VPN Which VPNs Still Work With Netflix? Netflix is cracking down on VPNs, but there are a few that still work. Here are the best VPNs to use with Netflix. Read More ). And the price rises coupled with the shrinking catalog Netflix Removes 50% of its Catalog to Fund Original Content Have you noticed the Netflix catalog getting smaller in recent years? We now know the number of titles available on Netflix has been halved since 2012 to fund original content. Read More have turned some people off. But generally speaking, Netflix is brilliant.

However, Netflix could be better. Which is why Netflix lets its engineers off the leash for Netflix Hack Days. These Hack Days see the engineers working on some innovative new idea for Netflix, with the only caveat being they may never actually become a reality.

5 More Netflix Hacks You Can Never Make Use Of

We previously looked at some Netflix hacks you’ll wish were real 10 Netflix Hacks You'll Wish Were Real Once in a while, Netflix gives its developers a break to work on passion projects. It's called the Netflix Hack Day, and it leads to some pretty cool innovations! Here are our favorites. Read More , but Netflix has returned with a fresh batch of Netflix hacks to amuse and amaze.

The most interesting one, called MindFlix, lets you control Netflix with your mind. You just need to wear a Muse headband, and then concentrate really hard on what you want to do. Which means you can browse around the Netflix UI and select content to play without having to move a muscle.

The other Netflix hacks developed during the Winter 2017 Netflix Hack Day are:

  • PictureInPicture shows you what other people who share your Netflix account are watching.
  • Netflix for Good lets you donate to good causes after watching socially conscious titles.
  • Stranger Games reimagines Stranger Things as a video game from the 1980s.
  • Stranger Bling uses LEDs soldered into a sweater to relay messages from the Upside Down.

Stuck Using Our Fingers and Thumbs

As cool as MindFlix and these other hacks are, Netflix makes it clear that they “may never become part of the Netflix product, internal infrastructure, or otherwise be used beyond Hack Day”. Which means we’re all stuck using our fingers and thumbs to control Netflix for the foreseeable future.

Do you have a Netflix subscription? How often do you watch content on Netflix? Do you think it offers value for money? Would you use any of these hacks? Is MindFlix the ultimate Netflix hack for binge-watchers everywhere? Please let us know in the comments below!

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Related topics: Hacking, Media Streaming, Netflix.

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