When reading a book, you can only imagine the emotions of your favourite character throughout a storyline, but what if you could actually ‘feel’ their pain, happiness and other emotions?

The researchers at MIT‘s media lab have come up with just that,  a wearable book and vest which use clever technology to help readers ‘experience’ a characters’ feelings and emotions.

It’s called the Sensory Fiction book and uses a combination of networked sensors and actuators, which provide a new way to convey plot, mood and emotion while still allowing space for the reader’s imagination.

Wearing a vest, it will tighten around the reader’s chest if the character is afraid or create vibration patterns to increase heart rate if the character is feeling excited. If the protagonist is feeling upset or depressed, ambient lighting is produced to reflect the mood. Would you give it a go?

Article via Creative Bloq


What does this vest look like?

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Image via MIT


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Image via MIT website


And how does it work?


The future is coming! 🙂

– EP