Researchers at MIT have created a new an innovative book that lets readers feel the protagonist’s emotions by using a combination of networked sensors and actuators worn on the body.
The new Sensory Fiction book has been created by MIT researchers Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault and provides readers with a much more immersive experience whilst reading and is tailored to each individual reader, check out the video after the jump to learn more.
The Sensory Fiction Book cover has 150 programmable LEDs to create ambient light based on the position the reader is in the book and the worn devices includes pressurized airbags and a peltier junction secured at the collarbone to provide signals, vibrations and compression to influence a readers heart rate.
“The Sensory Fiction Book when attached to the body, changes the bearer’s physical characteristics — the application of which is used for reading, so that the wearer can feel the excitement, desires and sympathies of the protagonist as they read a tech-connected book. ‘traditionally, fiction creates and induces emotions and empathy through words and images.’the researchers explain, ‘by using a combination of networked sensors and actuators, the sensory fiction author is provided with new means of conveying plot, mood, and emotion while still allowing space for the reader’s imagination’.”