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Tokyo resident Atsushi Kumon models his Zozosuit. Using the Zozotown app, he sets up a smartphone to take 3D images of his body, with 18 measurements from neck to ankles. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
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Robotic tailoring is the future for online retailer Start Today

Company aims to join global ranks with new private label Zozo and size-measuring technology

AKANE OKUTSU and WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Japanese online fashion mall Start Today is offering a future that begins with customers donning a black-and-white polka dot bodysuit and rotating in a full circle while being photographed by a smartphone.

The reason for this curious ritual: The polka dots on the garment, called a Zozosuit, and the company's app work together to record the wearer's measurements.

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