The Synapse Dress enabled by Intel Edison imagines the 'new wardrobe' as a sixth sense
Interactive Couture reacts to you and the world around you
Ever thought about electronically communicating your attitude without saying a thing? Intel revealed Synapse, a dress with multi-sensor, almost sixth-sense-like capabilities that logs and communicates the body's actions and environmental (dis)stress. A suite of immersive interactions are embodied in the garment that allow the wearer to change the dress’s appearance based on bio signals and proximity. Fashioned with reflex-like capabilities, the dress transmitted a powerful glow to anyone coming too close or approaching too fast, and even documented those who came too close with a built in camera. Synapse is an initial attempt to extend the vision of wearables well beyond the basic trackers of today more deeply into the fashion world.
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Working with Intel Edison enabled the designer’s vision to sense, process and connect wirelessly to share and transform the raw data of bio signals in real time. "Connecting raw data driven in real time by wireless bio signals was never before that accessible for me, since the micro controllers that I used were either low in processing power or big and bulky. This means – they are hard to integrate into fashion. Intel Edison allows me to integrate a super small piece of technology which can quickly compute complicated sets of signals, on-board storage and interconnect wirelessly to a lot of input data at once in an more advanced and intelligent way, to run my designs" said Wipprecht about the new Intel Edison micro controller.
It's a first glimpse into a series of garments that the designer plans to enable with Intel Edison; "Synapse is an initial attempt to extend the vision of wearables well beyond the basic trackers of today more deeply into the fashion world. As Fashion and technology of the future may well mean a tighter alliance between the body, our garments and technology. With my work I try to imagine how new high tech materials combined with smart sensors and actuators can impact the ways we connect, communicate and relate to one another. I believe technology will transform from the role of a 'device' towards functioning more as an integrated medium. With fashion being the one truly universal wearable spread all over our bodies and increasingly integrated abilities to sense and compute, we can start to redefine wardrobe of the future.”
Focused on the production of a sense of social, emotional, and physiological immersion, the garment has multiple voice-activated modes that trigger an embedded series of High Power LED's to change in pattern and intensity. For instance, a state of high concentration abstracted from her EEG allows the wearer to activate the powerful glow and trigger an image capture, as a first try to create a setup of exercises that can be controlled, quantified and modulated by leveraging inputs from the body’s electrical system.
"As the concept of wearable technologies moves from simple tracking devices it may well evolve to represent a tighter alliance between the body, our garments and technology significantly changing how we interface and interact with the world around us. As electronics continue to be figuratively and literally woven into the fabric of our physical world we are beginning to imagine how these new materials and interactions will impact the way we connect, communicate and relate to one another. Technology therefore becomes transformed from the role of a 'device' towards functioning as the medium itself, opening a discussion about where such intimate technologies will lead us."
The dress is fabricated from Thermoplastic polyurethane, known as TPU, a flexible 3D printed material and leather. It is the result of a collaborative design effort with Italian architect Niccolo Casas and Materialise, a printing company from Leuven, Belgium.