Created by Dutch FashionTech Designer Anouk Wipprecht, modeled in collaboration with Italian Architect Niccolo Casas, 3D printed at Materialise, and the awaited Intel Edison (announced at this years CES in Las Vegas) was incorporated into this garment to make it the smartest yet!The Synapse Dress is an experiment between the wearer's internal and external state, aimed at being 'interactive fashion' gone smart. this dress functions as an sensing garment, an dress based on bio-signals acting on the wearers behalf due to embedded sensors and actuators. Like Anouk's other works, her over the top high-tech meets fashion style suits to a broad audience, to impress and ignite. But - the designer says - she also sees a very app-liable approach to the concept. As the dress logs your mood, and senses you far beyond one set of bio-signals only, the dress can become a little ecosystem which monitors your attitude, integrating the data from many sensors to put interaction back in the hands of the wearer, while co-evolving with the system around your body.During Intel Development Forum 2014 (#IDF14) several different modes of interactions were explored on the Intel Edison micro-controller. The wearer was able to control the bright LEDs with manual control, remotely, with her mind, heart rate, and even proximity. She was able to capture photos and video during states of heightened concentration. These experiments with the participants and the data gathered inform a new series of connected and body sensing garments in the designers already impressive collection.The dress headpiece is fitted with a sensor that tracks the wearers attention level. The Synapse Dress is aware of the wears heart rate via bluetooth. A wifi camera is controlled from the Edison micro controller to collect data about the wearers personal space when they are feeling anxious or in (dis)stress. An on-board web app collects and collate this data for review should the wearer want to know more about their emotional triggers, functioning as a 'mood map' of the wearer's mind, and day.The Synapse Dress is controlled from voice commands should the wearer want to express some of this sensor data or blast a person with 140W of blinding blue light if they come too close. These involuntary responds on the wearers behalf make for an interesting conversation about comfort while treasuring her personal space.Unlocking the potential of body sensors, voice control, and intelligence within a garment gives a new view on 'fashion design' than we would have thought of in at the start of this century. On board intelligence that 'lives' with us while it's nurturing our mood and protecting our personal space. These capabilities open up a new world for interaction designers to research possibilities and design products around the way people act without their devices. 2015 could be the year that things all come together to bring innovative feeling garments to the market.As Anouk has been at the fore-front of, as well as challenging, the merging of technology and fashion. this year she really (and according to the designer "- finally") notices a 'switch' in attitude towards the field in where the industry finally starts to see the potential of interactive garments. The field is now increasingly more visible and sought after she says, but a real shift can't be made without changing our attitude towards production processes.