In Brief

Sensory Fiction consists of a connected book and a wearable piece, both of which are designed to help the reader experience the main character’s emotions.

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.

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