Twice a year, Netflix organizes an internal hackathon for its employees, where they can stay out of their usual chores and try new ideas. At this spring's Hack Day, Netflix employees have developed a haptic feedback system for mobile devices and a new way to get their colleagues out of a meeting room when their time is up.
In recent years, Netflix employees have used the Hack Day event on crazy ideas such as playing Room of cards on an original NESby turning their catalog in RV rental shop, creating a search system using Morse codeand adding button "jump with shark" at Sharknado, among other things. Ideas do not usually have a practical purpose – the purpose of the day is the creative process. This year's ideas fit in perfectly.
The first idea is practical – and it's a trick that video game systems use regularly. "Project Rumble Pack" superimposes haptic effects to a video on Netflix. At a scene, these effects are synchronized with dialogue and action. If you watch Netflix on your mobile device, it vibrates during explosive scenes, giving you a little more sensory input. The cinemas have tried that with Rumbling seats in high-end theatersbut it did not really attract the attention of the general public.
Other ideas include a "Netflix voice", which includes a scanning algorithm and individual isolated words to allow users to enter sentences into a search field and retrieve an assembled extract of those words extracted from the content. from Netflix. You can try that one for yourself. Previously, the vocabulary was limited, but it seems to be growing steadily from what it was when the Hack Day videos were shot.
Another idea is called TerraVision, an application that allows producers to place images of the type of places they are looking for. The system will show buildings or similar places and identify where they are. This one does not seem to be useful for general viewers, but could be turned into something conceptually useful for landlords or writers.
Finally, another team had a clever idea that will echo with the office workers who are competent in meeting rooms. This team has developed a system that allows users to automatically join a teleconference at a meeting that has been exceeded and to stream music used by the Academy of Arts and Film Science to get people out of the classroom. stage if their speeches at the Oscars are long. . Please scroll down this one widely, Netflix.
Netflix have posted to complete overview of Hack Day projects on Medium.