November 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Big Love/Hate Button Democratizes Office Listening

The Office Music Democratizer does one thing, and does it well.

Mount this big, transparent, two-button control on the wall of an office, which lets coworkers or any other group sharing the same physical space have their say when it comes to what music is playing in the office.

Love the currently-playing song? Click the Heart button as you walk past on your way to the espresso machine.

Hate the song, and never want to hear it again? You know what to do (video below).

The Office Music Democratizer for Pandora and Last.fm is not currently available for purchase, but Breakfast NY, which made it, has been known to release some of its other toys to the public.

Evolver.fm inquired as to the availability of this perfect object:

“We’ve gotten a good amount of inquiries about whether we plan to make the product, and right now there are no immediate plans,” Breakfast NY account director Mike Lipton told Evolver.fm. “What we’re always excited by is kind of going out and creating the next new, fun thing, and the amount of time it would take to manufacture a product like this is probably a bit too much for us to invest in right now. But it’s something that we’re considering, and at some point, whether it’s with this idea, or the next idea down the road… The guys in the shop are really excited about the next thing.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance.

Foosball tables appear to be “out” at start-ups these days, leaving  a vacuum of sorts. These democratizers could become near-mandatory wherever three or more ears share the same streaming radio, which is a lot of places — assuming Breakfast (or someone else) starts manufacturing them.

Breakfast posted an entertaining video demonstration of the device in action:

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(via Ars Technica; thanks, Jason)