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The 'Pick Up and Play' Design Brings Whole New Ways to Spotify

 - Mar 23, 2013
References: roymartens.nl & yankodesign
The whole idea behind music streaming services like Spotify is bringing a pick up and play mentality to music listening sessions.

Now, thanks to a design by Roy Martens, there's a whole new way to interact with Spotify through his 'Pick Up and Play' system. It's a little tricky to explain, but it all becomes crystal clear once you see it in action. Essentially, 'Pick Up and Play' is a system that consists of a speaker and multiple touch screen cubes. The cubes contain sensors that can tell how they're arranged on a table. Users can shake a cube to shuffle tracks, line them up to create instant custom playlists and even gift one as a friend.

The 'Pick Up and Play' design is part of Martens' master thesis in conjunction with Victor Guerro Corbi and Barry Brown. This means that a commercial release in the immediate future is unlikely for now, but the concept could make for a unique way to interact with musical online streaming.