What if I told you that you could physically experience the sensations that were happening in a book while reading it? Graduate students at MIT have formed Sensory Fiction, a project that can do just that. It is possible through utilizing a vest that uses temperature, compression, vibration, and lighting that mimics the story in the book to produce the corresponding physical sensations. The responses are pre-programmed for a certain book, and are activated when the reader gets to certain pages. Right now only one book, “The Girl Who Was Plugged In”, has been programmed using the technology. One of the members of Sensory Fiction stated the following “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.”
Devices like the iPad and Kindle have revolutionized the way we read books, but this type of technology would take it even one step further. Imagine being able to experience the fantasy lands of Harry Potter or any of your other favorite books? Right now the idea is in its very beginning stages. You have to wear a vest, which is not very convenient and probably very expensive, and there are only a limited amount of sensations being programmed at this point. But think of where this technology could possibly lead. I wrote a few weeks ago about the virtual gaming technology that was on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. What if you could duplicate that experience with books? It really is amazing think how far we’ve come with this technology. The line between reality and virtual reality continues to become ever so blurred.
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