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‘Wearable’ Books Create a Totally Immersive Reading Experience

Have you ever wished you could wear a book? According to the Independent.ie, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a Science Fiction to Science Fabrication course, and “using a range of sensors and tools, part of the studies include building a wearable connected book contraption in the form of a strap-on vest.”

 

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According to the Independent.ie, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a Science Fiction to Science Fabrication course, and “using a range of sensors and tools, part of the studies include building a wearable connected book contraption in the form of a strap-on vest.”

 

This vest means the reader can fully connect to the “emotions and physical states” of the characters, which allows for “a genuinely immersive reading experience.”

 

Specific pages will trigger vibrations and temperature changes will cause physical stimulation while reading. For example if you are reading about a  chilly winter night the vest will decrease in temperature! There are even compressed airbags that can add pressure to your upper body. Since “the cover contains 150 LEDs” the pages of the book can change in appearance by matching to the mood the passage. During testing the story, The Girl Who Was Plugged In by James Tiptree Jr was the first to be used.

 

 

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But if psychical stimulation is too much for you, take a look at paperback cologne! Demeter Fragrance Library claims their scent is “sweet and lovely with just a touch of the musty smell of aged paper … it harnesses that scent with a sprinkling of violets and a dash of tasteful potpourri.” You can even buy a candle from the Paddywax Library Candle series which include scents that transfer you into the story!

 

For example “The Leo Tolstoy is its signature soy wax offering, featuring black plum, persimmon and oakmoss fragrance notes.”

 

The company supplies you will candles that go well with classics such as Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen and mark Twain to name a few. The readers  experience is making big changes and I think it would be pretty cool to try out!

 

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