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From gamers to dogs, Japan forges ahead in smart clothing

Textile makers Teijin and Toray stake out new territory in wearable tech

Teijin's Synesthesia Wear gives users touch feedback in virtual reality without awkward wires. (Photo courtesy of Teijin)

TOKYO -- A virtual-reality jacket that replicates the sense of touch, a belt that predicts when a pregnant mother will go into labor, and even a vest that monitors the health of your precious pooch: these are just some of the products emerging in Japan's fast-growing market for smart clothing.

Teijin has developed a jacket that can simulate the sense of touch in virtual reality. Its Synesthesia Wear tracks a user's movements, and attached modules vibrate in different ways depending on how the user interacts with the VR space, adding another layer of realism to the experience.

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