Interactive Books!? Hunger Games Camp, Audiobook Powered Vibrator

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Vibease

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

August: The silly season. Books are always the best option for keeping yourself and your kids entertained during the summer. But now for something a little bit different:

How about a “fight-to-the-death-for-survival”-themed summer camp for kids?

This summer Country Day School in Largo, Florida introduced its new a Hunger Games-inspired summer camp. Days of training were followed a competition to “collect lives” (not, kill as such) in a flag-football style competition. The Tampa Bay Times visited the camp and reported that the kids sounded somewhat blasé about the proposition of having their life collected at the hands of another camper.

“If I have to die, I want to die by an arrow,” said one camper to no one in particular. “Don’t kill me with a sword. I’d rather be shot.”

Simon Bosés, a counselor at a neighboring computer camp noted that children raised on video games tend to think of death not as “a final thing” but as a “reset.”

Of course, there’s always the other perspective: Susan Toler, a clinical psychologist specializing in children’s issues and an assistant dean at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, told the newspaper the idea of the camp was “unthinkable.”

Perhaps a better word for it, considering the widespread popularity of the books and the movies, would have been “inevitable.”

As it this, this is hardly the most outrageous idea we’ve heard in awhile. How about a wireless device that syncs to the racy passages of your favorite erotic novel to provide, ahem, an added level of interaction? Vibease, a new audiobook app , promises just that: the app syncs a bluetooth vibrator your favorite audiobook and…well, I’m sure you can get the picture.

Vibease, alas, is still an Indiegogo project — but no need to worry, it has already surpassed its $15,000 funding goal and hit nearly $75,000.

For the curious…

The Vibease and Fantasy app work like this: When the voice in the fantasy app says: “I’m touching you softly”, the vibrator vibrates softly. And when the voice says: “I’m touching you hard”, the vibrator vibrates hard. The vibrator reacts to the story within the Fantasy. The vibrations are personalized to each Fantasy, and it gives vibrations with different intensities and various patterns at just the right moments.

Interested? Aghast? Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.