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This vest vibrates you right into VR

Woojer's Vest sends vibrations into your chest and back, letting you feel the virtual worlds you're in.

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You need to strap on a headset to experience VR, but why stop there?

Haptics company Woojer is making a vest (creatively titled: Vest) that wraps around your torso and lets you feel the virtual worlds you're in. It's comprised of 6 haptic transducers that play sounds from 0-500Hz directly into the chest and back. To give you the most organ-throbbing impact possible, each transducer is placed in key "meridian points", four for the chest and two along the centre of the back.

While the device was revealed at this year's Tokyo Game Show (along with the Futuretown Totalmotion), the Vest is more than just a gaming peripheral -- you can also use it while watching movies and listening to music. The company says the Vest can react to every note of a song with zero latency, making sure your body buzzes with the bass and rhythm of the beat.

Aiming to make the Vest a big thing in VR, Woojer is providing a software development kit for creating haptic content and is releasing a library of over 400 sound effects.

Woojer is also making a second, smaller device that's designed for on-the-move music listening. Just don't be too concerned as onlookers watch you vibrate while you wait for the bus.

The Vest is currently still in development. No pricing has been announced, but if you sign up to the company website here, interested parties can expect a 30 percent discount when the product launches at the end of the year.