Virgin Media's New Wearable Pauses Live TV If You Fall Asleep

By Sean Hollister on at

Fitness trackers are good at telling you how many calories you're burning, but what if you're tired of all the fitness going on "out there" and just want to laze on the couch? Your future wristband of choice could make sure you never miss a minute of your favourite TV episodes, too. Which, for some, will be more handy.

Sky-botherer Virgin Media is beginning trials of the KipstR, a 3D-printed wristband with a pulse oximeter that can tell whether you're awake or asleep – then send a signal to the TiVo recorder underneath subscribers' tellies to pause and start recording your programmes automatically if it detects you dozing off.

It sounds like the TiVo box will also resume the recorded show as soon as you wake up. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because we've seen Netflix pull a similar trick in the US using a Fitbit as the sensor.

I don't know if I'd buy or even remember to use a dedicated Virgin Media wristband to do something like this, but it sounds like a worthy feature for every fitness tracker, smartwatch and video service in the not-so-distant future. [Virgin Media]