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Le Wagon Shenzhen Presentation: Art and Technology, by Stephen Black

Le Wagon is a fantastic organization dedicated to teaching people how to code. It was a dreamlike honor to present my work, surrounded by the nightlife of Shenzhen, the new Silicon Valley.

However, the Powerpoint above mysteriously chose not to display every image. Here are the slides with a voiceover.

LATEST NEWS: THE ARPHABET TOUR 

ARKit games made with Unity
Presentation at Le Wagon, Shenzhen December 26, 2018
Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
Stephen Black's 100 day tour of America. AR, books and mangos.

ARphabet Tour: the time is now.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

This ARphabet Tour idea seems to be rushed! Why?

  1. I want to make/produce/write AR content as soon as possible. The 100 day tour is crucial for research and development. The time to make AR content  is now. Facebook and Apple are two of many major companies releasing AR smartglasses within the next 48 months. Those AR glasses will need content and experienced content makers. 
  2. Unexpectedly, I was invited to be a part of ARIA at MIT, on January 14.  Also unexpectedly, last December, I was invited to pitch to Venture Capitalists at TechCrunch Shenzhen. I had originally planned to finish another book, Alphabet Spikes at this time, then create a business plan for the AR startup. However, TechCrunch and ARIA are fantastic and humbling opportunities. I must build upon them. Now.
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  1. I have been in Asia for a while and it has been good. But, I have missed my family and friends greatly. (Yes, this is really reason #1.)

4. I am now very familiar with Asia’s relationship with AR. I am aware of the medical and industrial uses of AR in America. As for AR and entertainment, I want to learn more about the consumer environment for my Pixar-like ideas (AR-centric original characters, stories and software), as well as build a network for them.

The same research and data is necessary for making a unicorn from a different idea.

discussing technology
Hong Kong MakerFaire 2018

5. 2019's fast.

6. Digital nomadism: again. Movement means flexibility, constantly meeting new people, checking the reality of existing and planned IT services (including 5G); and efficient scheduling. Results: all kinds of awareness, support networks and realistic plans.

7. By the time of SXSW and GDC in March 2019, there will be solid, new and improved plans and demos.

8. Bubiko says so!

Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
Stephen Black's 100 day tour of America. AR, books and mangos.


All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

ARphabet Tour: the mango sticky rice experience!

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Latest news! Kabaq, the leaders in AR food creation will be supplying us with an AR serving of mango sticky rice!

Mango Sticky Rice is a part of the ARphabet Tour because it is Bubiko Foodtour's favorite food. Bubiko is an AR character, a little chef from Thailand. Her favorite phrase is "Aroi mak mak", which is the Thai phrase for 'very delicious'.

CONTACT US to book a Mango Sticky Rice Experience in your town! arphabettour AT g mail dot com

Bubiko Foodtour (2018 version)

Bubiko has a photo book about Ipoh, Malaysia.   She has been in AR trials, but her first major project is an appearance in an ARKit/Unity game demo with Green Bean Boy, from Dominique Wu at Hummingbirdsday Studios.

Mango sticky rice, in the Thai Royal Cuisine style.

Bubiko, along with Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama, went on a two year long journey through Southeast Asia. As digital nomads, they researched food, especially mangos, while planning an AR startup. Stephen started, and is now concluding, Alphabet Spikes, a book inspired by the experience.

The mango sticky rice experience

We are now looking for mango, coconut milk and rice suppliers and/or sponsor. Also, once the cities are finalized, we will contact local Thai restaurants and cooking schools. We will also look for ingredients in local stores. 

We are doing our best  so that you can sample, or even make, mango sticky rice! Mango sticky rice is aroi mak mak!

Additionally, we will:

  • present the latest mango nutritional information
  • types of mangos
  • mango distribution and availability
  • global mango trends
  • our mango experiences in Thailand and Southeast Asia
  • recipes
  • enjoy!

Bubiko is on Instagram. Here is her post about mango mochi!

FWIW, this post is about our Riceball furikake tour.

Stephen Black's books, including the best selling i ate tiong bahru.

CONTACT US to book a Mango Sticky Rice Experience in your town! arphabettour AT g mail dot com

Augmented Reality in Asia
article about Bubiko in Ipoh, Malaysia
Sayuri Okayama with Bubiko
The Mango Queen of Bangkok!

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

ARphabet Tour: Indiegogo Introductory video notes

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Notes for the video introducing the ARphabet Tour on Indiegogo.

Location: Boulevard of Houqian Bei

Stephen Black standing in the heart of China's Silicon Valley, holding the 2018 laminated pamphlet of Bubiko Orwell Tour highlights.

Like this test: https://youtu.be/fM2Z6kr7mAs

Points to cover:

  • 2002: After years of working in art, photography and network TV (Cartoon Network, Fuji TV, Fox, CNN+) became creative director at 3D gamemaking company, WalkerAsia
  • Walker/Asia was also doing something like Youtube, three years before Youtube.
  • CEO's unexpected demise results in non-action, despite great interest by Singapore Ministry of Education, Singapore Science Center, publishers in Hong Kong and universities in Japan.
  • SB, son of a book salesman, decides to write books and wait for VR/AR/spatial computing to become mainstream. Inspirations: his father, a book salesman and the release of the Kindle, Amazon's pioneering ebook reader.

  • Visa complications result in what will become the Bubiko Orwell Tour of Southeast Asia. SB pivots from VR to AR.
  • AR cinema becomes the focus, starring the following characters: the Dundercats (collaboration with Six Cat Studio), Secret Donut World (collaboration with David Severn) and Bubiko Foodtour.
  • AR presentations/workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, a presentation at Le Wagon and pitches to VCs at TechCrunch.
  • An invitation to participate in ARIA at MIT  becomes the inspiration for the ARphabet Tour. Debuting at ARIA will be an ARKIT/Unity collaboration with Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studios, a game featuring Green Bean Boy and co-starring Bubiko Foodtour.
  • The ARphabet Tour will also be a platform for Stephen Black to do readings and writing workshops.
  • The ARphabet Tour also aims to educate people about mango sticky rice, Bubiko's favorite food.
  • Separate from this, briefly mention the unicorn concept which has a high degree of success regardless of the global economy or 5G take-up.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black at HK PolyU.

ARPHABET TOUR

(being updated constantly. It is now 1/5/19 9:57 AM Shenzhen time)

Hi! There is 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

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

Rochester, New York: the ARphabet Tour

 What I hope to do in Rochester. Thanks in advance for any ideas on where I can make presentations. If your company is looking for grassroots level exposure in North America, get in touch, especially if your product involves AR.

The ARphabet Tour is described here.

My startup ideas are here.

TO DO LIST

Make presentations about the art, science and business of AR. Venues I must contact: RIT, U of R, Visual Studies Workshop, House of Guitars... art spaces and galleries.

Do readings from my books.
Bookshops, libraries, galleries?

Conduct writing workshops Privately and in schools

Russ Lunn: Video collaboration,  check the No Se No tapes

Vuzix/Waking App research

 Kodak's position on the Reflex, a 35mm film camera?

See if Marcel is in town regarding: Speak-see.com and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Stroll past what used to be Scorgies.

See what is up with Margaret Explosion and the art of Paul Dodd

The ARphabet Tour idea is new, but  already I have to thank the following for their support:

T40GROUP provides services that allow their clients to confidently source and purchase wholesale goods from China. In addition to working with their proven partners, T40GROUP conducts product testing, 
background checks, on-site checking of factories/production areas and provides logistics. T40GROUP.com Thank you John and MJ!

If you want to get products made in China, or need a workspace/technical support when you are in Shenzhen.. get in touch with Troublemaker!

Book Merah: publishers of Stephen Black's books.

ARphabet Tour

Stephen Black

the ARphabet tour

Indiegogo Prelaunch  page.

With the three topics of AR, Books and Mango Sticky Rice, The ARphabet tour starts at ARIA at MIT, January 14 and 15, 2019.  AR-themed presentations are one part of the tour, the second involves readings and writing workshops.There is also a component called The Mango Sticky Rice Experience.http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-mango-sticky-rice-experience-part-of-the-arphabet-tour/

The ARphabet Tour is fun, serious and now taking bookings for the United States and Canada. After stops at SXSW in Austin, Texas and the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco, The ARphabet Tour will wind down around the first of April.


Newest version of the flyer.

Although I am planning an AR startup, the talk is about AR trends and developments. I am not using this tour as a way to directly seek investors or partners. I am interested in promoting AR as a whole.

Here is an example, from my workshops last summer, at HK  PolyU.

AR: 2018 State of the Art Workshop @ Hong Kong PolyU

AR Presentations

Presentation will be focused  to provide maximum relevant information to any of the following groups. No AR knowledge or experience necessary. Consultations should be scheduled separately.

  • General
  • Children
  • Grade School Students
  • High School Students
  • University Students
  • Advertising/Media
  • Food Industry
  • Medical
  • Artists, including Dancers and Sculptors
  • Filmmakers
  • Writers and Poets 
  • Investors

Unless requested otherwise, the presentations are not overly technical and consist of personal experiences and observations about the past, present and future of AR.

Introducing  Bubiko Foodtour, an AR character

Readings and Workshops

Son of a book salesman, author of fiction and non fiction, writer for TV, websites and magazines, Stephen is well experienced with the art of writing. One of his books, I  Ate Tiong Bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore. The readings provide a behind-the scenes look at Stephen's writing techniques, inspirations ad challenges. Stephen's books and related videos and reviews can be found here.

Workshops, as much as possible, focus on ideas and text provided by students. After explaining his own writing process, write and share their own texts and ideas, which are evaluated individually and with the class as a whole. Workshops can be modified for any age group or level of writing experience. I have taught English in Japan,as well as creative writing/poetry performance  in Singapore. I also studied in an invite-only class with Robert McKee, the legendary teacher and author of Story, the definitive guide to screenwriting.

Publishing Magnates
Stephen Black , Book Merah CEO/author , with Stuart Rankin, Chairman of The Dundercats Multimedia Group.
360 films
Stephen Black in Beach Road, the 360VR film he co-produced with Hiverlab. The film has been featured in festivals in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Singapore.

Mango Sticky Rice. Yes, we will also be doing presentations and workshops on mango sticky rice. Why? Because mango sticky rice is Bubiko Foodtour's favorite food. We researched it extensively during our tour of Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.

About Stephen Black

After graduating with a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Stephen Black experienced the growth of digital media from these viewpoints: as a photographer, as a video artist in New York's  Lower East Side and Japan; as a producer/writer/director for Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies in Hong Kong, and as a self-publisher of ebooks, books and photography books.

He was first drawn to the possibilities of spatial computing/AR/VR as the creative director for a $3.2 million game-making startup in Singapore. In 2007 he committed himself to writing books, while anticipating the arrival of AR and VR. And here we are...

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black
A Chinese newspaper review of i ate tiong bahru. iatb is available as an audio book and a softcover, on Amazon. The first edition of the printed version is sold out.