Yes this is an interesting idea.
Why it is problematic : I don't see many people dropping their sensory simulation vest in a shoulder bag--or busting one out mid-transit on the subway... and not wanting to miss out on the "full experience" they'll probably off-put just reading the fancy LED "book".
The reason the book--analog or digital--works is because it is portable, modular and effortless. Just as walking is effortless when we forget about our walking technology (shoes, or maybe slippers) and the tech (naturally) goes with us.
Besides in a good piece of storytelling my lungs compress just fine and my heart rate increases without help. Trying to time to figure out what is meaningful when for every reader is abysmal to attempt.
I am more interested in transmedia storytelling -- converging/balancing multiple mediums (audio, lingual, visual, interactive) that take advantage of existing, portable, modular tech (e.g., a soundtrack or atmosphere track accompanying a written/illustrated book).
Perhaps a more subtle piece of tech (e.g., wristband or google glass) could be tapped to augment a storytelling experience. For immersion to happen the tech must dissappear.
Let the storytellee choose their level of immersion (naturally) and the storyteller(s) focus on the craft.
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