News Flash: Sensory Fiction lets you feel a book's emotions

Over the last decades, wind, water, fog, 3D have appeared at our theaters in the name of film enhancement. So, I guess it was time someone invented something to enhance the book experience. Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have developed a new way to experience the printed book, something that they call "Sensory Fiction":

"Sensory fiction is about new ways of experiencing and creating stories.

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.

To explore this idea, we created a connected book and wearable. 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."

More info here.

SENSORY FICTION from Felix on Vimeo.


  1. You definitely find the most astounding bookish things on the internet. I'd love to play with this gadget-book, but I don't think I'd like to read everything in this way.

    1. I try to find cool stuff to show here on the blog :)
      Thanks for stopping by!


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