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Netflix Hack Day Fall 2018: Eye-Controlled Navigation, Skip to Goriest ‘Sharknado’ Scenes

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VIDEO The AR hack, Eye Nav, is fairly impressive, too.

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The feature was announced on Wednesday as one the features Netflix tested during its Fall 2018 Hack Day.

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But Denison and other Samsung executives say display technology has improved to the point where it's now possible to fuse an ultra-thin screen onto the foldable design.

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VIDEO A third hack doesn’t involve Netflix, but rather the productivity software Slack, used by Netflix employees.

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Netflix’s internal hackathons have consistently produced fun and often silly hacks, from that “Netflixtendo” hack a few years ago that let you run Netflix on the original NES to the more recent “audiobook mode” that turned Netflix series into old-school radio shows by way of Audio Descriptions.

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The "hack" lets you navigate the Netflix app, select a title and start watching all by using eye movements.

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Less clear are the details about how a foldable phone like this one will stack up to rigid-phone competitors, including Samsung's existing line of Galaxy phones.

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Another hack from Netflix Hack Day lets viewers skip straight to the action scenes of certain movies.

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As at many companies, hack days give Netflix's engineers a chance to experiment with new ideas that may or may not be adopted later.

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Netflix is testing ways to navigate its app with your face.

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As part of the company's (mostly) biannual Hack Day, Netflix showed off a new feature called Eye Nav, an accessibility feature that lets you control its iOS app with different facial movements, using Apple's Face ID, and built using ARKit.

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This year’s hackathon doesn’t disappoint either, with new hacks that are both as goofy and interesting as in years past, including an AR and Face ID-powered hack that lets you navigate Netflix with just your eyes, another designed for “Sharknado” fans and more.

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Flex Zone Samsung has been trying to pull off a flexible phone since at least 2011, when it first showed off a dual-screen handset with a creaseless display.

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But the larger goal of Netflix’s hackathon, as you can probably tell, isn’t necessarily about creating features that will later be productized (although, c’mon…Jump to Shark!)

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Samsung SVP of mobile product marketing Justin Denison shows off the folding phone prototype in the open position.

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