by Rachel Oakley in New Design on Friday 7 February 2014

This is what happens when MIT academics have too much time on their hands! These researchers have developed a wearable device that, ‘when attached to the body, changes the bearer’s physical characteristics’. Meaning, you can actually feel the excitement, desires and sympathies of the protagonist.

Researchers explained that ‘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’.

The book cover has 150 programmable LEDS, a personal heating device to change skin temperature, vibration to influence heart rate, and a compression system to convey tightness or loosening through pressurized airbags. This will surely get kids to read those boring high school texts, right?

Via Designboom