When reading a good book, you are whisked away into a fictional world, you empathise with characters and start to feel how they feel. Sensory Fiction explores this dynamic by creating new ways of ‘feeling’ fiction through technology and sensors that vibrate and change temperature in line with the plot.
Sensory Fiction is part of the coursework for the MIT Media Lab class Science Fiction to Science Fabrication, which focuses on creating functional prototypes inspired by science fiction fantasies. The set up involves a book cover that has LED lights that change according to the book’s mood, as well as a wearable device that changes temperature, vibrations and pressure as the reader turns the page.
The project creators, students write on the page:
Traditionally, fiction creates and induces emotions and empathy through words and images. 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. These tools can be wielded to create an immersive storytelling experience tailored to the reader.
Watch below to see Sensory Fiction at work.
H/T: MIT Media Lab