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The 'wearable book' turning character feelings into reality

The 'wearable book' turning character feelings into reality

Immersive storytelling via 'Sensory Fiction'

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MIT academics design a book that allows the reader to feel the protagonist’s emotions

Researches Felix Heibeck, Julie Legault and Alexis Hope have developed a wearable device that can be attached to the body and can mirror the feelings and senses of the protagonist from a work of literature on to the reader – feeling the excitement and desires through the new high tech book. The researches explain that, "traditionally, fiction creates and induces emotions and empathy through words and images," and "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."

The technology can change the user's heartbeat rate, creating constriction through air pressure bags, or cause temperature fluctuation. The book also has 150 programmable LEDs to create ambient light based on changing setting and mood, a personal heating device to change skin temperature and a peltier junction secured at the collarbone that vibrates to give the effect of a shiver.