TaSTE is the Tracking and Smart Textiles Environments project. It combines two previous projects: the Kinect-Controlled Artistic Sensing System (KiCASS) and the Responsive User Body Suit (RUBS). KiCASS uses Kinect-for-Windows hardware and custom written software to track dancers in performance, using the resulting data to control audio, video, and theatre lighting. RUBS consist of dance leotards with e-textile sensors, and the data has been used to control audio and video triggering and processing. Combining the two results in a new, more sophisticated performance environment.
TASTE is led by Prof. Bob Pritchard (University of British Columbia), with input from Profs. Keith Hamel (Music) and Sid Fels (Engineering). Future collaboration will involve Prof. Nancy Paris (British Columbia Institute of Technology). Dancers/choreographers include Ziyian Kwan and Emmalena Fredriksson, and dancers Sarah Wasik and Danielle Lee. Musicians include Kiran Bhumber, Paulo Bortolussi, and Margaret Lancaster. Textile design and costume development is done by Alaia Hamer, and code refactoring is carried out by Ian Lavery.
Student researchers: have included musicians Chantelle Ko, Emily Richardson, and Carlos Savall Guardiola, dancers Gemma Tomasky and Emily Daily, and doctoral composer/programmers Brian Topp and Michael Ducharme. The wireless unit for RUBS was created by engineers Jin Han, Carol Fu, Lily Shao, and Esther Mutinda, and the KiCASS and KiCASS II systems were created by Isaac Cheng, Russil Glover, Kelsey Hawley, Kevin Hui, Michael Sargent,Dominique Low , Theresa Mammarella , Geoff Shaw , Emmett Tan , and Justin Wang.