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 include Ziyian Kwan, Emmalena Fredriksson, Sarah Wasik, Danielle Lee. Musicians include Kiran Bhumber, Paulo Bortolussi, and Margaret Lancaster. Textile design and costume development is done by Alaia Hamer.
Student researchers have included musician Chantelle Ko, dancer Gemma Tomasky, composers Brian Topp and Michael Ducharme, and engineers Jin Han, Carol Fu, Lily Shao, and Esther Mutinda,