The books that we read have the amazing ability to induce within us empathy and a multitude of emotions and images through their use of words, the fuel that ignites the fires of our imagination. The plot, mood, tone, and atmosphere of a book all synthesize to influence the readers to feel and think a certain way whether it be hopeful or fearful , jubilation or grief.Reading the passage above, we are able to feel the character's fear and despair as dark memories pervade his mind. We are able to understand his anxious state, his quickening heartbeats, and even imagine the images that he sees. However, no matter how well immersed we are within the text, there is a limit to how much we can feel. Sitting at a desk or laying in our beds, we will never be able to completely place ourselves within the shoes of the character. With Sensory Fiction, though, we can break those boundaries and approach an entirely new level of reading.
For example, during passages where fear is what a character feels, the vest constricts around the wearer's stomach and back. For excitement, the book and vest vibrates, which increases the body's heart rate. During solemn moments, soft, dark light is emitted. The vest can even heat up to simulate a character's embarrassment. Such features would surely allow us a better, more interesting experience as we read.
Sensory Fiction has great potential and certainly more room for development. What we can look forward to in the future is the possibility that this technology can be implemented to both newer and older books. How would would it be like to read when this technology is applied to Shakespeare's plays or novels such as Frankenstein or The Heart of Darkness?