ARbike

A compilation of posts-and an ebook- related to Augmented Reality, Bicycling and Bicycle Safety.

Stephen Black will be making a presentation at the Great Ohio Bike Adventure in June. About Stephen Black

ARPHABET TOUR

Hello from Austin! For professional and personal reasons, the ARphabet Tour has been postponed. Once the Bubiko Foodtour app is out, we will focus on how to get the ARphabet Tour in motion.

Hi! There will soon be an Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour.A

The ARphabet Tour is a 100 day tour of the U.S. and Canada by Stephen Black. The ARphabet Tour has three components: AR, Readings and Writing Workshops (based on SB's books) and the Mango Sticky Rice Experience.

The ARphabet Tour starts with a presentation at ARIA @MIT.

Update: Kabaq will be provide the tour with AR Mango Sticky Rice!

What is the ARphabet Tour About?

Support/ Join the ARphabet Tour......................sign up on Indiegogo.

Why is this happening so fast? 

The Augmented Reality aspect is explained here.

The Readings and Workshops aspect is explained here.

The Mango Sticky Rice Experience is explained here.

Eight reasons to SPONSOR the ARphabet Tour

The ARphabet Tour in your town: how to schedule it.

AR Characters: Bubiko Foodtour

AR Characters: Secret Donut WorldA

ARCharacters: The Dundercats

AR Characters: The Doughbots

AR Characters: Green Bean Boy

Friends of the ARphabet Tour

An Open Letter to Magic Leap and ATT

Hi.


This is outdated. For my startup plans, write to me directly at bubikofoodtour at mark gmail.com. Please look for more recent posts. This, for example, is an overview of the first three months of AR activities in 2019. Thank you. SB

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January 21, 2019 Update. Magic Leap/ATT... now that the MIT Virtual RealityHackathon is over, am getting ready to restart this Indiegogo campaign for a tour of AR evangelism... https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-arphabet-tour#/

12/30/18 NEWS ABOUT THE ARPHABET TOUR

Hello Magic Leap and ATT ,

I hope this finds you well.

As tomorrow is the deadline for Magic Leap's Independent Creator Program, I would like to bring my work, research and time investments to your attention.

I believe my project has the potential to be a unicorn.

still a work in progress, but you get the idea... though the mango sticky rice section is missing...

ARPHABET TOUR

100 day tour starting with ARIA/MIT January 14

Two different topics: AR presentations, as well as Readings and Workshops

AR collaboration with Dominique Wu, founder www.hummingbirdsday.com/

AR/book project with Sayuri Okayama, researcher/co-creator of Bubiko Foodtour

Secret Donut World - Characters co-created with David Severn http://david-severn.com/

The Doughbots- - Characters co-created with David Severn

The Dundercats-Collaboration with Six Cat Studios  http://www.thedundercats.com/

Schedule now being determined, planned stops include: Boston MA (ARIA /MIT), NYC, Washington D.C., Rochester NY, Toledo OH, Detroit, Ann Arbor MI, Chicago, Natchez MS, Denver CO, Boulder CO, New Orleans, Austin (SXSW), Los Angeles, San Francisco(GDC)

Sponsorship opportunities now available

Supporters: Trouble Maker https://troublemaker.site/

                   T40GROUP http://www.t40group.com/

                   Book Merah www.blacksteps.tv/book-merah-giveaways-discounts-hong-kong-book-fair/

BUBIKO FOODTOUR SHENZHEN BOOK

The first food guide to Shenzhen, by Bubiko Foodtour, AR character and amateur chef.

Forward by Stephen Black, author of the best seller, i ate tiong bahru

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18142065-i-ate-tiong-bahru

STEPHEN BLACK

Graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, director/writer/producer for Cartoon Network, Fox, Fuji TV and CNN, Stephen Black was involved with a $3.2M gaming startup, from 2002-7. He then became a writer/artist  while waiting for mobile spatial computing(AR/VR) to mature.

That time is now.

www.blacksteps.tv                                     bubikofoodtour  at gmail dot com

www.gallery.sg

The ARphabet Tour will make presentations in large and not-so-large cities;  a great way to develop a market for Magic Leap on the grassroots level.

The ARphabet Tour was prompted by my last minute addition to the ARIA event at MIT next month.

Also, FWIW, I have many years of experience in Singapore, and surely we could arrange  some things there, as well as other cities in Asia.


Thank you very much, Magic Leap,  for your time and consideration. OnwARd,
Stephen Black

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

AR: a unicorn possibility is real, large, and very near

This post is interesting, valid...and outdated. Contact me at arphabettour at gee mail if you'd like to hear about my latest plans and activities. This post is also informative.

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... I will be at ARIA at MIT.

Hello to those who attended my 2018 AR workshops and presentations! And, hello to those who are interested in my AR startup plans! Thanks for stopping by!

The state-of the art AR blog posts of last summer are now ancient history! The following eight blog posts are a glimpse into the latest AR developments and opportunities. 

6D

Whare/Samsung

Magic Leap

Niantic

WakingApp/Vuzixhttps://www.wakingapp.com/blog

Amazon Sumerian

Microsoft Azure + Unity

AR Smartglasses by Facebook +

Now is the time to produce AR content for industry, art and entertainment- and games.


I have been involved with games/spatial computing since 2002, and am now ready to launch an AR startup that involves games, filmmaking and video/content production. If you, or someone you know, is interested in investing, I hope we can talk.

I can share the successful pitch I used at TechCrunch  Shenzhen a week ago. As positive as the response was, it never hurts to share a vision, especially if that vision includes a unicorn. onwARd,
Stephen Black

PS The flyer below is a bit out of date; the startup idea mentioned below includes games.


Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

This blog has many posts about AR and startup plans, all of which are outdated, but do provide insights. 

AR, VR and Every R in Between (July 7, 2018)

HAPPENING NOW: STEPHEN BLACK'S EBOOKS: FREE AND DISCOUNTED Taking place during the Maker Faire Hong Kong, was AR, VR and Every R in Between, organized by Dr. Ludovic Krundel, of the Digital Entertainment Lab, School of Design at HK PolyU. Here is a link to bios of some of the people who made the day so interesting. Plus, there was Kandao and SnapPop. Photos by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour. 360VR video of the event is here! 360VR video of this is here. Day 2 is here.

Hello!

Hello and welcome. My name is Stephen Black and I work with media, words and art. Media: VR, computer-generated environments,video and photography. Words: articles and books, including Bali Wave Ghost,  I Ate Tiong Bahru (a national bestseller in Singapore), Tiong Bahru Mouth, Obama Search Words and a few others. This post gives you some idea of my current projects. Thank you for stopping by. Stephen Black physical laborers
black and white image of man dropping vase

Ai Wewei, Yesim Agaoglu, Stephen Black, Eugene Soh collaboration in gallery.sg

Jeff Koons Balloon Dog in SPOKEN

Nhung: Floating

low tech in hi tech

Works created with ink

two men smiling

If one person can be said to symbolize the Tiong Bahru Market, it might be this guy in the hat...

SB & 3D (Why I’m excited to be in Eugene Soh’s virtual gallery project)

THIS post was written before SPOKEN started. SPOKEN is a project I am doing with Eugene Soh, an experiment in which art, text, virtual reality and social media intersect. Learn about SPOKEN here.

To enter gallery.sg and experience SPOKEN, click here.

Here is the extremely short version: from 2002 until 2008 I was involved with a visionary virtual reality project that combined educational practices with gamemaking and multimedia. However, the spiritual captain of the project was part Disney, part Microsoft and part Sex Pistols. An unexpected death, treachery, incompetence, inexperience, bureaucratic boondoggles and more made my life "interesting"... I have pages of notes about the events and the spirit of the times. We were doing things like Youtube and Second Life before they started. The project was so close... and yet so far away. (Actually, now that mobile technology has settled down, I hope that the lessons and products of that experience can be revitalized. But that's yet another story.)

In 2006, as a way of showcasing our technology,  I entered a gamemaking hackathon. A theme was given on a Thursday morning and the next day at five the results were judged.The theme was something about healthy eating, I think. Working with my programmer in Hong Kong, we made a game in which the viewer learned about the calorie count of certain foods. The player competed with an AI character.  It was fun to do. However, what I remember most was a team that made an incredible flash game. I don't remember if they won or not, but I do remember two guys on that team very well. George Parel and Eugene Soh were full of energy, knowledge and bursting with creative ideas. They still are.

I've been lucky to work with George and Eugene on a few projects since then. In 2008 I finally had to put the educational gamemaking project on hold while I waited for a programmer and the mobile device situation to stabilize.I put more time into writing and art projects. George and Eugene (that dude from Singapore) however, have kept on doing remarkably creative things with IT, art, design and more.

Virtual reality may seem to be an artificial place, but the gallery Eugene has created fills me with memories and hope. I am honored and very thankful for I Ate Tiong Bahru to be on display in gallery.sg

IATB in virtual gallery Cheers, Eugene! Cheers, George!

Ebooks: Born to Click (1 of 3)

Preface This informal essay is my way of marking the end of a certain era in ebook history. It's part snapshot, part reference materials, part journal.At the end of this post are notes about me, my experiences and my books. Thanks to Doug Rolph for his insights on economics, Eric Hellman for his input and my dad for having taken care of our family by selling books. το πνεύμα του Ιανού After I finish writing eight books, I will begin marketing. Until then, I'll probably study the ebook world less and hopefully do more writing, arting and engaging with Life. When it does comes time for me to contribute to the marketing conversation, I hope I have something to say. For now, I present the following notes, quotes and thoughts as a means of punctuating a phase in the development of ebooks as I have seen and experienced it. This is an exciting time. The ebook delivery platforms are finally stable, self-publishing has proven to have great value and a number of services have recently appeared that shorten the distances between readers and authors. It seems to me that indie ebooks and ebook marketing are about to enter a new era. This blog post makes little mention of traditional publishing. This is simply because, as much as I would like to enjoy the benefits of being a Big 5/6 author, that fruit is not now within my reach. I am however, considering joining the Author's Guild. Although I've done almost no marketing, I have studied the environments in which ebooks are created, presented, bought and sold. Some observations: 1. Except for uploading, nothing about ebooks is easy. Writing is the anti-social social media, full of long, long hours of pressure-filled solitude. Assembling an error-free book is never simple. The social part, finding an audience, is an immense challenge. I respect all of the authors mentioned in this post for they have successfully met these challenges and more.
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. Stephen King
Based on my experiences, the work breakdown of an 88,000 word novel looks something like this: 1000 words a day (88 days) or, more likely, 500 words a day (176 days). Call it 200 days to prepare something for a proofreader. Two months for corrections, art, and ebook conversion. So, a book takes about 300 working days to finalize. About... And then there are the thousands of actions needed to connect with readers... The title of Guy Kawasaki's excellent book says it all: APE, meaning Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur This document, by Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, is a data-based analysis of the ebook market. Highly recommended, it covers topics important for newbies and veterans. It touches upon issues like word count, pricing, marketing and more. For instance, his research shows that the average bestseller on Smashwords is 100,000 words, and the average romance is 112,195 words. (There are more links to resources at the end of this post.) Very few traditionally published authors became bestsellers; the same is true for ebook publishing. My goal is not to become a bestseller, but to connect with the largest possible community of people who enjoy the art of reading. 2. A great writer or a great marketer... ....or, the frustration of being caught between not doing enough writing and not doing enough marketing. A writer writes, a salesman sells. Self-publishing does not equal self-marketing. Spending money wisely on promotion money means income and time to write. (See the links below) Twitter, Goodreads, FB, LinkedIn and blogging? All have their advantages and disadvantages... 3. There are no independent, hugely successful ebook-only self-publishers. Note: Two days after this post went up, I became aware of this great piece by Dana Beth Weinberg on Digital Book World. Thank you Jacqueline Church! Amazon is huge, Apple is huge, Kobo and Smashwords are very big. Unless you are selling from your own website or the back of your car, you're not truly independent. OK, A bit of an attention grabber there...but the author's need for a partnership with Amazon and ebook distributors is a dependence that cannot be overlooked. These "automatic partners" will always protect their interests first. They call the shots. Amazon is a business, not an author. Amanda Hocking is a hugely successful author. At one point, the average daily sales figure of her self-published ebooks was 9000. Again: average DAILY book sales: nine thousand! Her success was based on hard work, technological first mover advantage and an indirect tie-in with Hollywood. Consider: -the successful and pioneering integration of ebook readers into tablets and mobile as well as the launch of the Kindle (2007) and the iPad(2010) -the large demographic of young women who bought readers and tablets - the fact that, having written many books, Hocking could quickly provide a new and large market with a variety of new titles - writing books about the paranormal when Hollywood is pushing the same cannot hurt. Twilight, the hugely successful series of movies about teen vampires began in 2008. Hocking's first book, My Blood Approves, began selling in 2010. E.L. James' book phenomenon began in the fan fiction chat rooms for Twilight. The characters in Fifty Shades of Grey were originally the characters from Twilight. Could Master of the Universe, as her series was originally called, have achieved its success without an existing network of thousands of Twilight fans? These two women made their mark upon society in two different ways. As shared, collective book-based experiences: WOW! However, the writing is..."not terrible" or worse
I remember SF/F authors complaining (back in 2011) that their readers hadn’t switched to e-books yet, casting jealous eyes at the outsized romance audience. But as readers did move across, we saw people like David Dalglish and BV Larson breaking out, and the rest of “genre” fiction soon followed. http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/amazon-makes-life-easier-for-authors-of-historical-literary-fiction/
There are "indie success stories" about authors who "rode into town" on the backs of traditional publishing. Funded by Big 6 money these "indies" were advertised and publicized, sent on book tours and given things like business cards. Possibly, audiobooks were made. Hundreds, if not thousands, of their books were given away, many to reviewers. As the 'first mover'possibilities of the ebook market became clear and realistic, these authors, knighted by the Big 6 and armed with credibility and connections, rode onto a battlefield with little opposition... Undoubtedly hard work was involved, but to label them as indies brings to mind the quip about George Bush: "...was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple." There certainly are "ebook only" indies connecting with many readers and enjoying sales. I just don't know of any. (FOUND SOMEONE: LINDSAY BUROKER Please tell me about others! them! Somewhat related to this, are there any "ebook only" awards? Here, authors talk about their sales experiences. 4. The ebook world evolves to reward the reader; the prepared author benefits from this. Fan fiction. Goodreads. Ebook readers on mobile phones. The mashup between big data and metadata. Entrepreneurs with vision who see ways to connect authors and readers in a new ways. It is an exciting time. Ebooks: Born to Click, Part 2 of 3 visit www.blacksteps.tv for parts 2 and 3 of this post, as well as information on art, books and ebooks  

Chris Register @ GOBA

I had the chance to talk to Chris a bit. Wish we’d had more time. I admire his project, especially the self-published aspect. Chris will be in Port Clinton tomorrow night, I will be there Tuesday. http://goba.com/goba-portclinton/

Arbicles

A list of all of my AR+bike blog posts is here.

The future of AR in the world of bicycling
A chart depicting the hypothetical uses of augmented reality in the world of bicycling.

ARBICLE- A piece of bicycle equipment, with partial or total augmented reality functionality. A bicycle light with some AR functions is an arbicle. A device which acts as a "AR computer", exclusively managing AR functions for the bike, traffic and rider is also an arbicle.

The word "arbicle" was coined by Stephen Black in 2019, in response to a perceived need for AR-compatible bicycle gear.Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and an AR/VR producer.

The chart above is a hypothetical overview and no such network or devices now exist. LIDAR is used an example of a traffic monitoring system. In reality, LIDAR is heavy, delicate and extremely expensive. Unlike autonomous vehicles, bicycles must have an attentive human steering and braking. Thus,LIDAR would be unnecessary. However. sensors detecting objects within a range of 50 feet around the bike would be advantageous. An arbicle featuring a rear view camera with a feed into the visor or smartglasses is an obvious need. ARbicles specializing in emergencies would be another obvious need.

This chart is a result of research and thought related to the book I am working on about AR and traffic safety, focusing on bicycles. The working title is AR on Wheels.

I will be making a presentation about AR at the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, in Port Clinton, on June 18. I

Also, if you are near San Francisco's Tenderloin District on June 28th, you are warmly invited to the world premier of Bubiko Foodtour!

Bubiko will be at the Novaby booth at the Tech in the Tenderloin Fair! her app will not be on dispaly, as we haven't made it yet, but Bubiko will be hosting an interactive event that is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Grudge match: Bubiko Foodtour vs. Jackie Chan
Grudge match

Cloudy Traffic

A collection of posts regarding AR and Bicycling can be found here.

Traffic planning in the age of the cloud. I have read a lot and talked to many experts, but the questions in this little chart still are unanswered. To me, at least. Any ideas or thoughts are welcome; just use the comments section. Thank you! If you are an expert and want to be credited, or interviewed for my upcoming books just let me know. One book is about AR and bicycle safety. the other is about AR and traffic. (Have not yet finalized the titles.)

Obviously, the following is hypothetical; I can't think of any existing city which could accommodate five one-way lanes of traffic.

CURB ACTIVITY: Pedestrians. Parking spots for ebikes,bikes, scooters, fire hydrants, subterranean electricty and water lines, wheelchair access, bus stops, taxi/Uber/Lyft pick up and drop off areas

BIKE LANE: Individual and groups of riders, ll requiring two-way communication for weather, traffic patterns etc.

AV LANE small and large vehicles, some functioning as mobile rooms (classrooms with remote teachers, discussion rooms, meeting rooms, chill rooms, even mobile workout spaces with offsite trainers)

EMERGENCY LANE/DELIVERY LANE/BUS LANE Could something like this be managed? By whom? Would involve communicating with AVs.

TRAFFIC SIGNAL With proper traffic planning, autonomous vehicles would not need to "see" a physical light. and in this slightly futuristic scenario, could the traditional red/green/yellow lights be replaced by screens? Not just colors could be displayed, but traffic information.

WHO IS USING WHAT KIND OF AR?
Pedestrians- shopping, entertainment and internet services/information and maps for walking.

Bicyclists- maps and traffic information, internet services, including music.

Autonomous Vehicle 1 Kids using smartglasses to watch Bubiko Foodtour AR movies, one parent uses smartglasses to plan the day's activities, the other parent, also with smartglasses, attends an AR meeting conference call.

Autonomous Vehicle 2 A regularly scheduled "classroom mobile"with four students, a human teacher and AR educational materials.

QUESTIONS/THOUGHTS:

Vehicle 1: the Bubiko AR movie is on Google Cloud, the AR meeting is hosted on Apple's iCloud service, the other parent is using Facebook's cloud service. The windshield display is by WayRay and hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud service.

Vehicle 2 is fitted with a Sony mobile AR classroom and the windshield AR hosting software is by Kamatera.

Emergency Vehicles: capable of seeing and interacting with emergency situations before arriving. Connected to a central traffic planning system, emergency vehicles and AVs are capable of maneuvering so that emergency vehicles get to their destination as quickly as possible.

Autonomous Delivery vehicles can be programmed to deliver with minimum traffic interference; for example at specific low traffic times.

Curb Activity is monitored by Open Curbs, Populus and Remix, all of whom feed information into private and government service providers who then use AR to provide information to those in traffic.

Road surface conditions: Potholes, floods, ice and snow. Monitored and then delivered to a central traffic planning agency.

Underground: sewers, flood control, power cables and more. Information available by AR

Drones: somehow drones will enter into the mobile AR picture...

In researching the above, I just discovered n excellent article about MDS, Mobiliy Data Specification.Here is a excellent article by David Zipper about MDS. Also highly recommended: this presentation by Regina Clewlows and Don MacKenzie.

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AR and bicycle interaction: a collection of posts on this topic is here.

If you happen to be in Port Clinton, for the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, stop by!

Bubiko's public AR debut! San Francisco! June 28! Bubiko's very, very excited! Tech in the Tenderloin

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Blessed Sacrament Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Blessed Sacrament Festival, June 9, 2019. Plus a surprise or two.

Summer festival foods
boy playing with an orange traffic cone

Polka Kings: Does Polka Music Really Come from Poland?

menu of food served at Blessed Sacrament festival
Jack Black. Polka.
In the recent Netflix movie The Polka King, the popular Hollywood actor Jack Black stars as the Polish singer and band leader Jan Lewandowski, better known by his American stage name Jan Lewan. The film shows Lewan’s rise to local stardom in 1990s Pennsylvania, how he ran a Ponzi scheme fuelled with money from his, often elderly, Polish-American fans, and his subsequent five-year jail sentence.
Made in collaboration with Lewan himself (who continued his polka music career after leaving prison) and based on a 2009 documentary about him titled The Man Who Would Be Polka King, the film is well grounded in fact.
An interview for Newsweek has Jack Black saying:
When I saw the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King, from which this whole project sprang, it struck me like a bolt of lightning (…). This is an epic tale. On a very visceral level, I knew I had polka in my DNA. In fact, I am a quarter Polish.

POLISH SUMMER PICNIC! JUNE 14 and 15

New York Times article: DIVERSIONS; Ardent Polka Fans Take to the Road to Pursue Their Irrepressible Music

Blessed Sacrament Festival
Duane Malinowski with accordion, his son on drums.

A very pleasant time. Besides the people, food and music, there were the delights from the Earnest Brew Works!

More photos of Toledo here.

A very special thank you to Jackie Black.

Stephen Black’s AR/VR/spatial computing experiences

SB with Bubiko Foodtour

Stephen Black: This post is a breakdown of my experiences with AR/VR/Spatial Computing. It starts with 2002, though I received a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology  well before that.

Before 2002, I lived in Tokyo, Manhattan, Paris and Hong Kong, and worked in network TV, fine arts, photography and music. A fuller biography can be found here. But AR is the topic of this post...

2002-2007. In Singapore I worked as a creative director for a 3D game making company that was also doing something like Youtube,-- but three years before Youtube. Although I was not a developer, I learned a great deal about spatial computing, and taught 3D gamemaking in Singapore, including classes at the Singapore Science Center. It was during this time, that David Severn and I developed the Secret Donut World characters.

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2007- 2014 Singapore/Bali: wrote novels, including a bestseller, was involved with 3how and researched VR and AR.

2014 SPOKEN, with Eugene Soh; a curation of a wide range of artists.

SPOKEN, a virtual gallery

2014 The Oculus signaled the emergence of VR, and I began notes for a book about VR cinematography.

2015 In Singapore, a chance meeting with Ender Jiang, the founder of Hiverlab, resulted in the opportunity to make my first 360 film.  Ender provided me with technical support and creative freedom and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. The resulting film, Beach Road, featured a soundtrack by Bani Haykal and Chen Yi Qi, and was selected as a demo VR film in the Hybrid Arcade session of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival in November 2015, and was nominated as the Best Experimental VR Film in the VR Fest Las Vegas 2016. It was also fetured in a VR film festival at the Singapore national Museum. Beach Road was receiving a healthy number of views and comments before a technical change in Google Play took it off. At the time of this writing, Beach Road is on Veer and has received almost 5000 views.

360 films
Stephen Black, in the film he co-produced with Hiverlab

2016 The year began with discussing a VR startup idea with VCs in Singapore. Though the discussions went well, the lack of a prototype slowed things down. Shortly after, the release of ARCore and ARKit resulted in a halt to VR the possibilities of AR were assessed.

By April, AR had become the focus and the decision was made to become the "Pixar of AR": original characters, stories and software. With Sayuri Okayama, Bubiko Foodtour was originated.

Sayuri Okayama with a prototype of Bubiko

2017 Ipoh: demonstrations of AR, including what is probably the world’s first photo exhibition in AR. The photos also appeared in an ebook by Bubiko Foodtour.

Augmented Reality in Asia
article about Stephen Black/Sayuri Okayama/Bubiko Foodtour in Ipoh

2018 A presentation about AR was given at Sasin School of Business in Bangkok, later followed by two presentations and two workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, all at 80% capacity or higher.

Augmented Reality Stephen Black in Thailand
poster for Stephen Black's presentation about AR at Sasin School of Business
Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black
Stephen Black holding a Qoocam 360VR camera, as part of his presentation at the 2018 Maker Faire at HK PolyU.

2018 Lotus Mountain, a 360 film was shot and post production began including VR art contributions from Scobot and a soundtrack by Rei Shimizu. The film is at least 80% done and finishing funds are now being searched for. Lotus Mountain was supported by Kando, and 8K Obsidians were used for most of the shooting. Noted Chinese VR filmmaker Leo Wei co-directed and produced.

Chinese city landmarks
Shenzhen Civic Center at night, primary location for Lotus Mountain.
from Lotus Mountain

Bubiko at the Rise festival in HK

Hong Kong Comicon

2018 Cross-promotional and development partnership with Six Cats Studios (HK), focusing on their original IPs, Ollie and Charlie.

AR in musical education
The Dundercats, by Six Cat Studios.

2018 Presentations in Shenzhen, including Le Wagon and Tech Crunch Shenzhen.

Hummingbirdsday
Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu.

2018 In a partnership with Hummingbirdsday Studios, Bubiko appears in an AR game demo with Green Bean Boy.

2019 Presentation at ARIA, MIT, resulting in, among others, working relationship with Novaby and UARexperience

2019 Toledo, Ohio. Presentations, including coffee shops, libraries and a collaboration with sculptor Jack Wilson for the Old West End Festival.

2019 SXSW during the 10 day event attended seminars and developed personal connections with AR and VR practitioners.

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With WWE championship belt

2019 AR presentation as part of GOBA-the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Premier of the AR and Bicycle Safety ebook.

bicycle safety
Bubiko Foodtour looks up while thinking about what to order

2019 As part of  Novaby’s presentation in the Tech in the Tenderloin Festival, the 3D version Bubiko will be making her public debut. The Black Hawk Jazz Club AR project by Novaby will also be presented-not to be missed!

We are now looking for funding for the Bubiko app... Stay tuned!

Old West End Festival Parade (part 2)

The first part of this post is here.

Lauri and Gary Justen, dressed in Edwardian attire.

More photographs of Toledo: 419ness

About Stephen Black

More information about the Old West End of Toledo

Tour de France: AR for the Win #1: Fatigue Hawks

A slightly futuristic, highly realistic series of posts…


Arbicle- a piece of bicycling equipment utilizing AR, augmented reality.
I created the word above. In this post, a number of possible ideas and technologies are mentioned. Some may already be in use. However, now, there are no pieces of equipment designed specifically for the uses I mention. So, I have created the word “arbicle”, a combination of AR and bicycle. A small word and easy to "handle", it resembles the word ‘article’: arbicle.

What I am imagining are devices (arbicles) built specifically for the purpose of displaying or generating digital information related to bicycling. (This series of posts focuses upon racing.)

Note: I am not a medical specialist of any sort, and the following are not to be taken as anything more than theoretical exercises.

AR for the win #1: Fatigue Hawks

In this theoretical situation, we assume the following:

  • There are extensive performance, muscle fiber and blood analysis records for all racers. Data related to performance on similar roads and inclines is especially valuable.
  • Blood, saliva, and possibly urine tests can be quickly and periodically be conducted on racers for such things as: myoglobin levels, lactate clearance rate and other biochemical markers related to fatigue.
  • The above information can be combined with live feeds of: the peloton, wind and weather information, road gradient information.
  • Two way communication exists between the fatigue hawk and team members.

The fatigue hawk analyzes all of the data that is presented. Customized algorithms are used.

Communicating with voice, symbols and messages, the fatigue hawk offers suggestions on how to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses of the team itself. Equally important, the fatigue hawk identifies opportunities, and weaknesses of opposing teams.

Data may reveal the leading team's difficulty with hills for example. By monitoring his/her own team's performance, the wind conditions and the gradient of an upcoming hill, the fatigue hawk can strategize and communicate so that advancement upon the leader can be made.

There are many uncontrollable factors in the Tour de France, but a strong collection of live data is information; and information is power. In the case of the Tour de France, the power is that of an athlete who cannot afford to waste a single kilojoule.

Studying the 1989 Tour de France, much can be learned about efficiency and power; the difference between first place and second was eight seconds.

The rider's arbicles would include a GPS tracking device and a visor capable of displaying the fatigue hawk's symbols and messages. Rearview and frontview cameras are also possibilities.

The fatigue hawk would need an arbicle capable of processing all incoming live data, storing records and communicating audio/visual data to the team members, individually and as a whole.

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I am a writer, researcher, AR producer and artist. No one is sponsoring this; I am now preparing a book on AR and Bicycle Safety. My other books are here.

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For further information:

https://www.dimensiondata.com/believe-in-greatness/tour-de-france

What is Fatigue? New Yorker article by Alex Hutchison

The Science of Running: How to Find Your Limit and Train to Maximize Your Performance by Steve Magness

Old West End Festival Parade (part 1)

Photographs by Stephen Black of the 2019 Old West End Parade.

A collaboration between the sculptor Jack Wilson and Stephen Black can be found here. The project is an augmented reality artwork.

419ness is a collection of blog posts of photographs of Toledo.

abstract mobile artwork
Lake Erie Water Safety
large white house on a green lawn

Part 2 is here!
Stephen Black does a lot of things. His books are here.

Memorial Day Weekend

Old West End

Hello to all.

The following image, when viewed with the free Artivive app, reveals "another dimension", a collaboration with the sculptor Jack Wilson.

The title: Falling Leaves in Spring.

Are you a resident of the Old West End?

Question: would you support a book about the Old West Side?

As you know, the Old West Side is a historical community full of distinctive architecture. Well... I have written a bestselling book about another historical community full of distinctive architecture.

That book is entitled i ate tiong bahru. It is one of my eight books. You can learn more about those books, and i ate tiong bahru, here. I should also mention Bus Stopping, a book of photographs.

Those books were written and self-published, mainly while I was living in Bali. To write about the Old West End would require time, and that means money. Do you think there could enough support for crowdfunding or other forms of support?

Also, any ideas on unusual exhibition spaces? I have a series of prints combine photography with text, and would like to present them to the public.

Thank you for your time and suggestions.

This is a collection of posts about Toledo: 419ness.

Happy to talk to anyone about video, photography, writing and AR.

onwARd,

Stephen Black

about me

A Victorian house in Toledo's Old West End