The Little Bird Connected Vibrator Gives New Meaning to Reader Participation

A French startup called E.Sensory is at CES this week to show off their latest idea, and I guarantee that it is going to generate some buzz.

E.Sensory has developed a Bluetooth-enabled vibrator that, when paired with a smartphone running the companion ebook app, lets the reader get in on the action in the story. Simply start reading an ebook in the IOS or Android app, and then  tap on the screen or shake the device, and the Little Bird vibrator will respond (in)appropriately.

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The ebook can be read solo, or one could pass control to a partner.  There's also talk that it could be be used for short or long-distance games.

There’s no news on whether Fifty Shades of Grey will be available through this platform, but the company has said that it is working with publishers and authors to create new content for the app. The ebooks will be offered in both standard and connected versions, including original stories by American authors Evangeline Anderson and M. Christian, both of whom are reportedly writing new erotica for the platform.

French publishers such as La Musardine, J'ai Lu, Éditions Paulette, Éditions Blanche are also mentioned in the press release, and E.Sensory even throws around Audible's name, but that sounds more like wishful thinking than any concrete agreement with the Amazon subsidiary.

“Being a great fan of erotic literature, I had the desire to combine the power of words to the potential of connected devices by creating a new way of reading and having fun alone or as a couple,” E.Sensory founder Christel Le Coq, said in statement.

E.Sensory is showing off the Little Bird at CES 2016 this week. I cannot confirm, however, whether E.Sensory is letting the press test the equipment, but I can report that you can order one.

Initially launched in a failed Indiegogo campaign early last year, the Early Bird is up for pre-order with a price tag of 99 euros. It's available in three colors, and has 10 vibration settings.

The startup is hoping to ship early this year, and they also plan to release the reading app as well as an SDK in the next couple months.

Mashable

About Nate Hoffelder (11384 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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