Sensory Fiction by MIT Media Lab designed a wearable book, named “The Girl Who Was Plugged In,” that it comes with a aim to make readers actually feel the emotions the book’s characters are feeling. I am sure this will be a great experience and a fun for all those who love reading books, novels etc.
This is wearable book that creates physical sensations based on the written word. The project gives you a cool experince in which a reader will feel the character’s emotions in real-time as they read a book page-by-page. The reader wears a vest-like contraption that uses effects such as ambient lighting, vibration, temperature and compression to produce physical sensations that represent setting and emotion described in a story.
In this wearable book there are pre-programmed responses that are set to go off via sensors and actuators once the reader is on the right page. The best part about this project is that while reading the book if a reader comes across a character related to love than the suit might vibrate to increase the reader’s heart rate and on the other side if a character is cold it might lower the reader’s skin temperature. There are 150 LEDs positioned onto the book’s cover that light up based on the plot.
This equipment comes with the body compression system, a heartbeat and shiver simulator and a localized body temperature control and all these controllers are responsible for the physical effects.
Felix Heibeck, a member of the team responsible for “Sensory Fiction’’ said,
“This is not a product idea, but rather an exploration in the context of science fiction stories,” “It is an artifact meant to provoke discussions.”
“The Sensory Fiction author is provided with new means of conveying plot, mood, and emotion while still allowing space for the reader’s imagination,” states the group’s website. “These tools can be wielded to create an immersive storytelling experience tailored to the reader.”
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