Ever get caught up in a book, to the point where it felt like you had left your everyday world and gotten caught up in the protagonist's experiences? A new type of book could vastly increase that immersion, using temperature and vibration to reflect what's happening in the book as you read.
This "Sensory Fiction" project is the creation of MIT's Media Lab, who explain:
The 'augmented' book portrays the scenery and sets the mood, and the wearable allows the reader to experience the protagonist's physiological emotions. The book cover animates to reflect the book's changing atmosphere, while certain passages trigger vibration patterns.
Changes in the protagonist's emotional or physical state triggers discrete feedback in the wearable, whether by changing the heartbeat rate, creating constriction through air pressure bags, or causing localized temperature fluctuations.
For their "prototype story," they wisely chose "The Girl Who Was Plugged In" by James Tiptree, Jr., which "showcases an incredible range of settings and emotions."