Read Your Books And Feel Them Too With “Sensory Fiction”

The reading experience of the future?

Anyone who’s ever read a Nicholas Sparks sobfest knows that even simple books are capable of eliciting major emotional reactions, but thanks to MIT researchers and a project called “Sensory Fiction,” books might soon be able to make you feel much more than that. Like, really feel it. Their new “wearable book” aims to replicate the feelings and mood of the book for whoever’s reading it. The book itself is lined with lights and sensors, which change based on the atmosphere of whatever scene you’re reading. But it’s the accompanying vest that’s the real game changer: it creates physical sensations to match whatever the character is experiencing on any given page: tightness in the chest, rapid heartbeat, shaking, shivering, heat, cold, etc. Part of me wants to shake my fist in the air and say, “Kids these days! They can’t even conjure their own emotional reactions to books without a computerized vest!” But the other part of me just thinks this is pretty damn cool. [Motherboard]

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