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"What television does is rent us friends and relatives who are quite satisfactory. This is quite something, to rent artificial friends and relatives right inside the house."
- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Twist-Box  
  A device that scrambles your sensory input, providing you with a different kind of experience.  

This is an interesting notion; I can't think of another novel using the idea of hacking a person's reality in quite this way.

It was the day after Christmas, and Stahn was plugged inů The twist-box took his sensory input, jazzed it and passed it on to his cortex. A pure software high, and no somatic aftereffects. Staring out the window was almost interesting. The maggies left jagged trails and the people looked like actors.
From Wetware, by Rudy Rucker.
Published by Avon Books in 1988
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You could continue this line of thinking by using a device to create synesthesia; where colors have a flavor, or where sounds have a smell.

Compare to the jumble-box from Changeling (1980) by Roger Zelazny.

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