All Your Questions About this New ‘Wearable Book,’ Answered

by evanmcmurry

Ever wanted to experience the emotions of your favorite book character?”

Yes. I do it all the time. Through prose, the technique of fiction.

Now you can

I already do.

thanks a “wearable, augmented book” by researchers from the MIT’s media lab. Called ‘Sensory Fiction’

It’s called prose.

it’s a book that readers literally wear. Equipped with sensors and actuators, it produces “physical sensations to mimic the characters’ emotions” as the plot unfolds.

We already have that. It’s called prose.

For example, if the protagonist is feeling upset or depress [sic], the book cover lights up, creating ambient lighting to reflect the mood. Feeling afraid? The wearable vest will tighten around the reader’s chest. For excitement, vibration patterns that “influence” the heart rate will make it beat quicker.

Cool.

Is this the future of book reading?

No.

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