Responsive User Body Suit (RUBS)
The Responsive User Body Suit, or RUBS system, is a tactile interface worn by a performer. This system allows a user to process audio output in real time, simultaneously triggering and manipulating audio samples by controlling fabric strip potentiometers sewn onto the suit. Discrete and continuous audio changes are generated through two different motions of contact; touch and stroking. Using conductive and resistive fabric, each of the suits is tailored to a specific user since they need to be able to touch the entire length of the sensor. The interface has been performed by a variety of performers including dancers, vocalists, clarinetists and flutists.