Netflix in Space
We’ve launched in over 190 countries…what’s next?
As a nod to a well-known spacefaring industrialist, we thought it’d be fun to see if we could watch Netflix in space. We did this with an iPhone with downloaded Netflix content, a GoPro camera to watch the phone and the Earth, some heaters (lithium batteries don’t work well at -60°C / -76°F!), and an avionics package which measured GPS location, altitude, temperature, and pressure. All of this was hoisted to the heavens by a helium-filled meteorological balloon which reached an altitude of approximately 35,000 meters / 115,000 feet, at which you can see the curvature of the earth and the blackness of outer space. A special thanks goes to the Stanford Student Space Initiative for helping us out with this hack.
Altered Carbon Home Page
Altered Carbon is set in Bay City, a futuristic version of San Francisco filled with towering buildings and neon advertisements. For Hack Day I created a virtual 3D Bay City which is also a functional Netflix home page. The city is procedurally generated based on your Netflix account. The glowing billboards advertise titles recommended for you. Use your flying car to explore the city. When you see a title you want to watch, you can open it to play on Netflix.
Panning Vertical Player
Millions of people around the world take crowded public transit to work. Watching landscape video on a mobile device while commuting means you’re often elbowing your neighbors as you hold your arm out to rotate the screen. Our hack lets you watch full screen portrait video, while still letting you pan and scan around the video by tilting the device or swiping on the screen. It’s more polite without sacrificing control.