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Magnetic zipper latest innovation from Japan's YKK

Reimagined fastener designed for athletes and disabled individuals

The ends of YKK's new magnetic zipper snap together on their own. (Photo courtesy of YKK)

TAKAMATSU, Japan -- Customer feedback five years ago led Japan's YKK to rethink a product it has spent decades refining: the humble zipper.

The result was a fastener that requires only one hand to use, answering a call from people with special needs or those who are just in a hurry, like athletes.

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