The future of Netflix and chill might be more like Netflix and stare.
On Wednesday, at the company’s biannual Hack Day, Netflix unveiled a new feature called EyeNav, which allows users to navigate the iOS version of the app using only eye movements and facial expressions, including sticking out your tongue. Really. Enabled by Apple’s FaceID and its augmented-reality platform Arkit, EyeNav is probably the closest thing to pure sorcery Netflix has ever released.
A brief tutorial released on Wednesday shows the feature at work. A yellow cursor can navigate content based on the user’s eye movements and head position. To dismiss a screen, just stick out your tongue—you’ll navigate back to your previous position.
The trio of developers who created the feature, Ben Hands, John Fox, and Steve Henderson, write in the video’s description: “We’re hopeful that this kind of technology will become a part of mainstream Accessibility APIs in the future.” Like many of the interesting features unveiled by Netflix at its hacking event, however, it remains to be seen whether EyeNav will be implemented.
Since apps mainly use biometric technology to bolster their security, it’s interesting to see how FaceID could be used in a new arena. The company hopes that EyeNav would help Netflix become more accessible to people with limited motor function. That would surely be a welcome addition to the world’s biggest streaming service.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics