Netflix cuts out the chill with an integrated personal trainer

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Netflix just got a whole lot less chill. 

The popular video-streaming service has published a detailed instruction guide for making your own Netflix-themed personal trainer. Like, in the get-off-the-couch-and-go-to-a-gym sense of the word trainer. 

The Netflix Personal Trainer has some of the features you might find in its flesh-and-blood counterpart, and some you definitely won’t. According to the company, it “connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and uses an accelerometer to monitor your activity level during your workout.” If you start slowing down, “your selected Netflix character will deliver motivational words to keep you going.”

Pretty cool, right?

But here’s where it gets nefarious: If you stop exercising, the digital trainer will pause your show. Want to binge-watch those six episodes of Black Mirror? Better get running. 

Thankfully for those worried that their significant other might “gift” this to them, you can’t just order one off the shelf. Some assembly of the Arduino-based device is required, with Netflix helpfully listing all the components needed on its website. And yes, you need to know how to solder.

The personal trainer is part of Netflix’s Make It initiative and was born out of the company’s annual Hack Day, which every year ends up birthing some random Netflix-related project. Remember Netflix Socks?

But back to the trainer. 

With 14 different character voices, you can be sure it’ll be your favorite Neftlix personality lecturing you about your attempts to stay fit. Like Terry Crews? You got him. How about Bojack Horseman? You know it. 

And while we’re not sure who would actually go to the trouble of building a personal trainer, one thing is abundantly clear: We’ll never think of Netflix marathons the same way again. 



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