New Tech Literally Pulls You Into a Good Book

There is nothing like getting lost in the pages of a good book, except of course plunging headfirst into a good book on your Kindle or iPad! I’ve been a lifelong bookworm, and also a bit of a techie, so I’m always keeping an eye out to the future of reading. Naturally, “Sensory Fiction”, an interactive reading project designed at the MIT Media lab caught my fancy.

Check out the video below to see the sensory book in action. It changes colors, adjusts your temperature, and can even raise your heart rate! 

SENSORY FICTION from Felix on Vimeo

Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope, Julie Legault describe their prototype story:

‘The Girl Who Was Plugged In’ by James Tiptree showcases an incredible range of settings and emotions. The main protagonist experiences both deep love and ultimate despair, the freedom of Barcelona sunshine and the captivity of a dark damp cellar.

The book and wearable support the following outputs:

  • Light (the book cover has 150 programmable LEDs to create ambient light based on changing setting and mood)
  • Sound
  • Personal heating device to change skin temperature (through a Peltier junction secured at the collarbone)
  • Vibration to influence heart rate
  • Compression system (to convey tightness or loosening through pressurized airbags)

Visit their blog to learn more about Sensory Fiction. Sensory Fiction is still in the prototype stages and not yet available to the public, which is kind of a bummer because I want to plug my Harry Potter books in right now. How great would it be to feel the wind in your face when Harry plays quidditch?

What do you think? Would you want to give Sensory Fiction a try?


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