This new invention from the MIT Media Lab will no doubt be controversial. Readers strap themselves into a robotic suit equipped with sensors that literally make the reader feel the emotions conveyed in the text as the reader flips pages. The video below came with a disclaimer from its makers. “While the project explores new ways of reading with digital augmentations, this is not a product idea but rather an exploration in the context of Science Fiction stories. It is an artifact meant to provoke discussions,” the Vimeo post states.
Educators, parents: Does this type of augmented reading add anything to the experience of reading or help budding readers understand language and text in different ways?