Monthly Archives: June 2018

Kandao Obsidian Publicity!

Life is exciting sometimes: opportunities suddenly appear: opportunities that can vanish unless we act decisively.

Yesterday, Viki Yuan from Kandao sent me an email outlining the great features on the Obsidian 360 camera, "a beast of quality and speed".

A few months ago, on Facebook, I e-met Laura Lieu from Kandou.

The following is from an an email I sent to Laura a few hours ago. It is Friday night. One week from now, everything must be secured for a successful VR workshop. I hope this great opportunity does not become lost.

Following are excerpts from my email to Laura:

Hello...

This email is about our small world and a huge opportunity for Kandao.

Next weekend is the Maker Faire at HK PolyU.

With Dr. Ludovic Krundel and his team of students, we are doing a two day AR/VR event.

This would be an excellent showcase for the Obsidian. The number of people who can be reached via the internet could be 100,000.
Maker Faire predicts 40,000 attendees over the two days.
Of course, we are documenting everything: live broadcasts, social media posts and making documentation for reference and promotion purposes.

Kandao would be promoted at a top university, at an international event, with a huge reach. At no cost.

Plus, for several months, Dr. Krundel has been communicating with Jack Tan about using KanDao products at PolyU.

Showcasing the Obsidian next week will be a great opportunity.

We are also premiering Hiverlab's Storylab (full approval and support) and showcasing Styly.

It would be great to have KanDao on board for this dynamic and popular event. Again, no charges... just bring your camera(s)!

Thank you VRy much for your help in trying to make this happen!

Stephen Black

PS I am now contacting media of all kinds. Additionally, I have been in communication with the Hong Kong Virtual Reality Network, who have been interested and supportive.

PSS FWIW, Beach Road, my 360 VR video has been featured at festivals in Las Vegas, Singapore and Brisbane.

Alphabet Spikes Z-T (notes from June 2018, Hong Kong)

One of the books free/discounted, as part of the HK Book Fair.

Alphabet Spikes is a collection of stories, essays and experiments created from February 2017 until now--and in the future! The core of the book is here, on Amazon, but this ebook actually something like crowdfunding.

Once you buy the book, send me your email and you will get an updated ebook with new stories, as I add them. Right now, the version on Amazon includes stories about a game developer, Antigone Cloud and my brief encounter with Anthony Bourdain. Next will be journal entries from the Bubiko Orwell Tour, which voyaged through Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The purpose of the tour was to research food, to create a network of people interested in AR, and two work on two books.

Besides the tour journal, there are, and will be, short stories, interviews and essays about Southeast Asia and people, events and places connected to it.

Alphabet Spikes: Art and entrepreneurship go on a road trip in Southeast Asia. Lots of eating, a few meetings, and nonstop ups and downs.

In reverse alphabetical order, the following are some of my experiences in Hong Kong; these will become stories and essays. Questions? Leave in the comments section, as well as any info you'd like to share. Thanks!

Zorn. Click to hear the HK/Macau/CBGB story.

Yam cha and dim sum

Yam cha! The literal translation is "drink tea". However, yum cha usually means eating a meal of dim sum. Dim sum are the foods served in the round bamboo containers. Dim sum restaurants are everywhere in Hong Kong.

Xu Xi at the launch of Insignificance

“An audacious, inventive and original collection: these ‘Hong Kong’ stories are full of clever energy and lively strangeness.” - Gail Jones On Amazon.

Walsh, Joe. Performing with Shear, Jules and John, Doctor.


VR HMD ad on a tram.

Uniworks, the display of students' work, near the entrance of the Jockey Club Innovation Tower on the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus.


Inside the Dome

Tony Tan, Delta Blues Audio


Tai Kwun Art Complex, just down the road from where I used to live.

Alphabet Spikes: Q-S is here.

another book by Book Merah

2018 AR/Augmented Reality: State of the Art

HAPPENING NOW: STEPHEN BLACK'S EBOOKS :FREE AND DISCOUNTED

I recently did two workshops and two presentations about AR at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This post summarizes what I presented, or wanted to present. Just before the presentations started, there were so many new announcements from Google, Apple and the attendees at the AWE, that not all of the following info was presented. And, a few tweaks and additions will be happening in the next few days. I would again like to thank Phil Morgan, Gino Yu, Dr. Ludovic Krundel and Hong Kong Polytechnic for their support.

AR Reference Materials

Descriptions of Workshops and Presentations

Questionnaire For Those Attending Workshops

Responses to First Day Topics: Emergency Response and Urban Planning

Followup: Head Mounted Devices

Followup: Students' Work

Followup: Food and AR

Followup: Apps and Software

Bubiko Foodtour with coconuts (an AR test)

A large part of the Bubiko Orwell Tour involve networking with AR practioners, individuals as well as companies.

https://www.facebook.com/ludozic/videos/10155983389954405/
Also, during the events, my ebooks were either free or discounted.

AR HKPOLYU Followup 4 (Apps and Softwares)

Ebook Giveaway/Discount HAPPENING NOW!

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

The first in this series is here.

In no particular order:

http://fragmentedreality.net/

Amazon Sumerian

Mapbox


HP REVEAL

Project MARTA by Hitesh Malik , a lawyer who is developing his own projects to help teachers. MARTA = My Augmented Reality Teaching Assistant. Project MARTA is free to use.

ARMix

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3dbear.io

http://3dbear.io/blog/2018/2/21/3-easy-ways-to-bring-3d-tech-to-your-classroom

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zappar

Wikitude

https://www.wikitude.com/blog-now-available-studio-ultimate-code-free-ar-platform/

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ARKit

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ARCore

Images and 3D models were available if anyone wanted to experiment with the software. The image was from the cover of The Silent State album. The 3D model file was kindly supplied by Scaffold Studios, who are now preparing their game for Steam. Their game is about the Walled City of Kowloon.

Magic Leap. I said little about it except that Singapore has given it many millions of dollars. Here is the latest info on magic Leap.

AR HKPOLYU Followup 3 (Food and AR)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

The first in this series is here.

Food-related projects and resources:

Chowhound: Will Virtual and Augmented Reality Change the Food Industry?

The chef above and the banoffee pastry below exemplify the possibilities of 3D models now available. Like VR, AR is a medium in which 3D models play a huge part.


This is Unity + Kinect installation was created by the team of Celine Tuazon, Russell Tan, Chen Jia Wen, and Carolyn Eppy Koh. They are Interaction Design students at the
School of Interactive and Digital Media (Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore.)
Instructor: Debbie Ding

Coffee and AR: Prepare for Impact!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zarastone/2017/12/12/19-crimes-wine-is-an-amazing-example-of-adult-targeted-augmented-reality/#675dbac947de

An article I wrote for Coffee Traveler magazine(Thailand)

FOODHACK! HK Poly June 15-17

EELCOIN! (The foodhack was a weekend full of hard work and hope. I was on a team with Beeno, Ann, Sayuri and Kerong. We worked and ate amongst talented people who shared ideas and experiences related to fixing global food challenges.)

Welcome HK Foodhackers!

My name is Stephen Black and I have worked with food as an artist, as a photographer, a videomaker and someone with an interest in AR. Following are introductions to some of my food-related projects, including books.


Bubiko Foodtour is on her way to becoming an AR superstar! This week I just concluded workshops and presentations about AR, here at HK Poly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lFeT6lo78s

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

Bubiko Foodtour is on Instagram.

A summary of the AR presentations at HK Poly

My experiences on a permaculture farm in Bali.

I am an unofficial representative for sustainable organic coffee and tea from Northern Thailand.

http://www.blacksteps.tv/anthony-bourdainstephen-blackstreet-foodan-embarrassing-encounter/

photography as part of book cover design

Furikake: japanese rice seasonings. Food-related short stories.

miso!

A national bestseller in Singapore

i ate tiong bahru on Goodreads.

i ate tiong bahru on Amazon

i ate tiong bahru audiobook

Check Amazon for other food-related books by Stephen Black.

And this book features a protagonist who is an amateur chef specializing in molecular cuisine.

AR HKPOLYU Followup 2 (Students Work +)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

As I began to prepare for the events, I soon discovered a fantastic problem. Three huge AR events had very recently occurred:

- Google held its Developer's Conference on May 8.

- Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference ended on June 8.

-The biggest announcements in AR were made at the Augmented World Expo, which was from May 30 to June 1.

Because my presentations were meant to reflect the State of the Art in AR, I had to organize lot of information in a short period of time. Plus, the materials I had gathered previously had become out of date.

The good news is that nearly all of the materials presented were less than a year old, some just a few days old! The bad news is that in the rush, I had to de-prioritize student's work and ended up not showing any. With this post I remedy that, and am thankful to the teachers and students involved with the work below.(Any students, anywhere: I will be happy to post your AR-related work!)

First is the "home team", the Hong Kong Polytechnic University of Design. Dr. Ludovic Krundell helped secure these images, and he was a most helpful resource and source of welcome advice during my time at PolyU. His support, as well as the guidance of Gino Yu,
made my time here an unforgettable experience. OK; the work...

Meow Meow AR Cat Game by HK Poly U Students

AR Game by: LIU MingYi, Kelly
ZHANG Zhenyi
LIU Xiaoyu, Sherry

Meow Meow AR Cat Game by HK Poly U Students 2

Poster for Sound Visualization, an AR project by Zhuang Mengzhou, Dai Mingyi, Dong Genggeng, Hu Xianzhi

Thailand: the Institute for Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology has incorporated AR into junior high school science textbooks.(Info kindly provided by
Trasvin Jittidecharak/Silkworm Books.)

The following were kindly provided by Fabian Winkler, the Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, at the Electronic and Time-Based Art Program of Purdue University. Professor Winkler's own work can be seen here.

The following presentations were developed within a short period: less than two weeks. They are about the relationship of the markers (image targets) and the AR content they activate.

The following is by Dr. Tomas Laurenzo, who is Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong.

from Singapore

Debbie Ding (http://dbbd.sg / http://openurbanism.blogspot.com

Lecturer, Interaction Design

Module Leader for Final Year Project 1 and Final Year Project 2


Publishing as a Discourse Marker

From Wikipedia: In Practical English Usage, Michael Swan defines a discourse marker as "a word or expression which shows the connection between what is being said and the wider context". For him, a discourse marker is something that either connects a sentence to what comes before or after, or indicates a speaker's attitude to what he is saying. He gives three examples: on the other hand; frankly; as a matter of fact.[5] Ian McCormick's The Art of Connection[6] outlines nine classes of connectives based on their purpose:

to provide a sense of where something is in relation to something else;

to supply a sense of when something is happening;

to compare two ideas and express similarities;

to contrast ideas English provides many examples to signal the notion of difference;

to present additional or supplementary ideas;

to indicate that a point in a discussion has been conceded or already taken into account;

to demonstrate a sense of logical sequence;

to offer an illustration or an example;

to deliver a summary of the ideas discussed.

McCormick points out that "FANBOYS" is mnemonic to recall co-ordinating conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.

5.30 – 7.00pm

Publishing Independently

What is the potential of self-initiated publications as a form of artistic collaboration? What are the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing versus traditional publishing, and how does it contribute to the cultural field? This panel will explore recent developments in self-publishing and what necessitates these forms of independent production.

Speakers:

Ringo Bunoan (Philippines), artist and co-Founder, Art Book Philippines

Savannah Gorton (Germany/Denmark), curator and co-Founder, Friends with Books

Beatrix Pang (Hong Kong), Founder, Small Tune Press

Stephen Black (Around China) artist, writer and Founder Book Merah

Moderated by Shubigi Rao (India/Singapore), artist

AR HKPOLYU Followup 1 (HMDs)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

This is the first of several posts related to the two workshops and two presentations that I recently gave at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

(The second post is here.)

Discussions with attendees, combined with research, made it clear that HMDs (wearables) are already a significant market, and moving fast. No need to hold anything, when your eyeglasses are computers. Mobile phones are outdated.!?

To keep up with the latest developments, the following are highly recommended:

The Ghost Howls

ARIA (Augmented Reality in Action)

and a Youtube Channel called Augmented Reality in Education.

https://next.reality.news/news/vuzix-smart-glasses-getting-major-upgrade-2019-with-light-engine-from-plessey-0185050/

The sales projections in the following report don't feel right to me. For one thing, I don't think it is a good idea to lump the two together. 19 MAR 2018 Demand for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Headsets Expected to Rebound in 2018, Says IDC

At 5:50 there is an example of a very large amount of data being displayed within a HMD. Undoubtedly there are newer and better ways to display very large amounts of data.

Here is the next post, featuring the works of students from Purdue University (U.S.A), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the School of Interactive and Digital Media at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

Responses to Workshop 1 (Hong Kong PolyU State of the Art of Augmented Reality 2018)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

Yesterday, in both the workshop and the presentation, there were questions regarding HMDs and AR’s relationship to design, art and disaster relief.

Some links and brief responses:

AR and Emergency Response

How Augmented Reality can change how we navigate a natural disaster, an article on Medium by Nicolas Fierro.

Crowdsourcing a Safer Future for First Responders

Announcing the Winners of the NIST Virtual Reality Test Environment Challenge!

Advances in Next Gen SMART First Response | Kirk McKinzie | ARIA

AR and Design + Art

Eon Reality LKDF Interact – Diesel Engine Operation

Eon Reality

Augmented Reality ARtworks | Tamiko Thiel | AR in ACTION

HMDs

Mix AR Glasses – The New Google Glasses?

Plessey shines in the spotlight with its globally unique monolithic MicroLED technology

Epson Moverio BT-300 Smart Glasses

https://next.reality.news/news/epsons-moverio-smartglasses-line-gets-major-upgrades-with-new-sdk-and-web-based-publishing-0185023/

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Go to Augmented Reality - the 8th Mass Medium: Tomi Ahonen at TEDxMongKok. At the 12:24 mark is proof that we are living in the future.

There were other topics , and I will respond to these in another post.

And don't forget: Book Merah is giving away/discounting my ebooks NOW!