Office Sound System Lets You Skip Tracks By Whipping Something At this Poster

In an attempt to stop people from queuing up unpopular songs in its public Spotify-powered sound system, the folks at Agency Republic created this interactive wall poster that can be used to easily skip tracks. All you have to do is slap, hit, fire, or throw something at it.


Anyone working in the studio's office is able to queue up the music they want to hear, but if it happens to be something terribly atrocious that needs to be veto'd asap, a knock sensor on the back of the poster will detect when it's been hit by anything from a fist to a Nerf dart. Like any hack these days there's an Arduino involved, which translates the hit into a signal telling Spotify to move on to the next track. There is of course the potential for abuse here, but it's the best attempt we've seen at maintaining an office playlist democracy. [Spotify via Laughing Squid]


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I had an office and right outside I had two undergrads who worked for me. We rigged up a simple audio source selector, the cheap plastic kind and put that on my desk. The source selector had each student's sound coming to it, my computers sound, and a extra audio input for a smart phone/ipod. The output went to speakers back outside of my office for the students to listen, and a second output headphone jack was used for my computer speakers. To save on mess cabling we spliced an ethernet cable using the twisted pairs to carry the two sources coming into my office, and one output all in a single cable. So, when someone important called or came in, I could hit a physical button to kill the audio, no matter who was playing. I could also simply plug in my ear buds if I didn't want them to hear something (like my voicemails that came in via e-mail).

It worked out well and cost under $20 bucks to set up, given that we had the speakers already.