Book the reader will transmit emotions character through built-in sensors

Book the reader will transmit emotions character through built-in sensors


Sensory Fiction Project of MIT is able to transmit to the reader the emotions the characters of books. This will help him special sensors worn on the human body.

When a person is reading a good book, it is almost always empathize with the characters, with them goes through fire and water, and with his head dipped in written history. Thanks to a variety of images and copyright techniques we can try to understand and experience all that is created, for example, in the soul of Rodion Raskolnikov, the protagonist of “Crime and Punishment” FM Dostoevsky. Force the reader to experience and feel – the primary task is a talented author. It always has been, but, apparently, in the future, things can change.


Designed by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology project Sensory Fiction literally can simulate emotions described in the product, and transfer them to the reader. To some extent, Sensory Fiction – it’s high-tech cover for the book. Each page is “wrapped” in her works programmed for certain emotions: sadness, joy, happiness, despair, confusion, and many others. When a person turns the page, the system is activated and transmits information on special sensors. These sensors, in turn, in the form of a vest are put on the body.

They are able to change the temperature of the skin, use vibration to regulate heart rhythm, as well as compress and decompress. Generally speaking, if the main character “thrown into a fever,” sensors start to warm up, and if the character is experiencing an exciting time, heart rate reading too human jump, etc. In addition, LEDs are built into the body, “cover”, set the correct color support. All this will bring an emotional attachment to the characters the reader to a new level.

Every year there are more and more devices are trying to link the emotional impact of the physical body. But how far we can go in this area, how to make “virtual” real emotions completely? This is the question and try to answer the American scientists in their research.

List declared for Sensory Fiction works already looks interesting, “Neuromancer” by William Gibson (by the way, the founding father of cyberpunk), “The decision to murder” Danieelya Suarez, “Diamond Age, or ABC for Noble Maidens” by Neal Stephenson and a few short stories by Isaac Asimov, Ursula Le Guin and Ray Bradbury.

All books are fantastic, and the same until the device looks. But if its creators succeed, then we will soon be able to experience the whole body that is felt in the final Harry Potter fantasy epic.