Think wrongly, if you please, but in all cases think for yourself. – Doris Lessing
Go forth into the unknown, explore the caves of your unconscious, fear not your “dark side,” find the gold.
— Robin Hoffman (@AuthorAlchemy)
Friday, April 17, 2009
EMOTIONAL IMMERSION. Do we need this artificially heightened for us when we go to the movies? Shouldn’t the movie itself be enough?
Researchers have developed a jacket lined with vibration motors—64 actuators that rest against the wearer’s arms and torso—designed to induce relevant sensations and emotions while watching a movie.
Product developers want the jacket to connect the wearer more fully to the character, such as feeling his or her survival anxiety. For instance, the jacket can cause a shiver to run up your spine or other sensations related to a fight scene.
The goal is to study “the effects of touch on a movie viewer’s emotional response to what the characters are experiencing.”
I can imagine this jacket becoming popular and, with more research and refinements, becoming ever more sophisticated. One comment on an article at IEEE Spectrum cited a “scent collar” developed for the army that could also be used for more sensory realism.
Being the sensitive type (I feel too much already), I would not wear this jacket in the hope of spiking my adrenalin response to action scenes.
(I realize I’m in the minority here ;~)
However, if the jacket could induce greater levels of the emotions I do want more of—inspiration, love, gratitude, romance, creativity—then count me in!
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MILLI THORNTON is the author of Fear of Writing: for writers & closet writers. She blogs about writing and creativity at http://millithornton.blogspot.com.
Posted by Milli Thornton at 2:11 PM