Monthly Archives: May 2019

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

419ness

A collection of blog posts about Toledo, Ohio

The Maumee River

About Stephen Black

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Bicycle, Art and AR experience

This is a simple demo of Augmented Reality.

To do this, two things are needed.

  1. A free download of the Artivive app. This should go on a mobile phone or tablet. Either Android or iOs will work.
  2. A copy of the 2019 Ohio Bicycle Events calendar. If you do not have a printed copy, you can get the same effect by pointing your phone or tablet at this image, featuring "Tour Legs", an artwork by Sassan Filsoof.

To see the AR in action, simply point your phone at the image above or the cover of the printed Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar.

Please note: This project was self-initiated and NOT endorsed by the Ohio Bicycle Event Calendar nor the Ohio Bicycle Federation.

The Ohio Bicycle Events Calendar can be found here.

Thanks to David Black, the rider.

Information on my presentation at the Great Ohio Bike adventure can be found here.

If you are interested in how AR can improve bike safety, click here.

My books can be found here.

Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset: an inspiration for bicycle safety?

Lenovo ThinkReality A6 headset: an inspiration for bicycle safety?

I am independent; Lenovo is not sponsoring this; the following is simply a way for me to introduce AR to people. I am now working on a book about the impact AR is having on the world of bicycling, especially safety. I am not crowdfunding the book. An early version is now on Amazon. If you would like to support this project, it would be much appreciated.

A list of all of teh AR+bike posts on this blog can be found here.

The Lenovo ThinkReality A6, is a state of the art head mounted device, designed for industrial and medical uses. By looking at its features, we can gain insights into how to use AR to improve bicycling, especially safety.

The A6 was announced by Lenovo in the middle of May, 2019.

The A6 is NOT designed for bicycling. Battery power is an obvious example of why the A6 is not likely to be used on the road. The A6 is claimed to have four hours of power. Bike trips longer than four hours would require consideration for recharging and/or batteries (and their weight). The A6 is not even being offered to individual consumers; it is a B2B product.

An excellent overview of all of the features of the A6 is here.

The A6 features worth discussing are:

RESOLUTION

This refers to the quality of the image. The A6 provides 1080 lines of resolution, which is very good, like a high definition television. A discussion of image quality must include the brightness of outdoor scenes. You cannot see any kind of information if it is lost in the brightness of the sun.

VOICE RECOGNITION

The advantage of voice control is obvious. Just say "Display an alternative route" and see the suggestion appear on your visor (or smart glasses). Safer and faster than pushing buttons, or even stopping to look at a phone or other device. The audio requirements that are unique to bicycling need to be considered.

OBJECT RECOGNITION

The A6 can be "trained" to recognize specific components used in industrial or medical applications. For example, a connecting rod, or a femur. With bicycling, the ability to detect cars, pedestrians and other bicycles is advantageous, especially when combined with tracking. Imagine knowing that an 18 wheeler, traveling 80 miles an hour is 100 yards behind you- without having to turn your head or use your mirror.

Parents could be aware of where their children are. Bike team members can monitor their teammates and competitors.

HEAD GAZE TRACKING

This allows the digital information you are looking at to be properly positioned in your viewing area no matter where you are looking.

GESTURE CONTROLS and THREE DEGREES OF FREEDOM HAND CONTROLLER

These two functions may have no importance while riding, but once off the bike, the ability to control functions and displays by hand could be important for maintenance and repair.

BARCODE READER

At races and tournaments, barcodes could enable quickly changing information to be shared easily. A barcode could be designated for weather updates for example. A rider looking at that barcode would immediately know what to expect, as the weather information is automatically displayed in his or her viewing area.

A6

CAMERAS

The A6 has two fisheye cameras on the front. For bicyclist, one camera on the back is hugely advantageous, as the need to see what is behind is a primary concern.

LIGHT

The A6 has a light. Probably not powerful enough for bicycling, but worth thinking about. Like all things related to bicycles, weight and comfort are issues, as well as price, of course.

These are just some of the ways bike enjoyment and safety can be increased. When we add GPS and impact sensors, we create the opportunity for first responders to immediately know the location of the incident. Two way communication via cameras and voice allow for decisions and preparations to be made in the shortest time possible.

One last point: AR is just starting, which increases the chances of bicyclists having their needs met. If individuals, bike organizations and traffic regulatory agencies and bike equipment manufacturers start communicating now, the shorter the path towards increased AR-enhanced safety will be.

I welcome any questions or comments. Feel free to post below.

PS. I don't want to confuse things, but if you want to see how information might be displayed in visors or smart glasses, take a look at indoor bicycle training. The Rouvy system is full of examples. Look here. (Rouvy is not paying me!)

PSS This blog post is full of examples of AR+bicycling.

Book on Augmented Reality and Safety, the introduction

I will be giving a presentation at the Great Ohio Bike Adventure in June.(Scroll down halfway.)

FWIW, when the Oculus was released, I wrote this blog post about it.

Augmented Reality and Bicycle Safety ebook, introductory notes

Here is a collection of videos and links about AR/Bike applications.

Following is the brief introduction to a collection of notes, links and thoughts related to AR/bike safety.

AR’s future is very bright but, presently, it is barely known by the general public. This is surprising, as AR is the most magical part of Pokemon Go, an app that has been downloaded over a billion times, and earned over $200 million its first month. AR is also widely used in military, scientific and industrial applications. Boeing, for example, has been using AR for jet engine maintenance since the late 1980s. With AR, Ikea revolutionized shopping for furniture. Facebook and Apple are both producing smart glasses specifically for AR. But my opinion, based on my own research, and many discussions with AR professionals in Asia, at MIT, at SXSW, and online, is that AR is not yet widely known. AR is not yet like TV.

My own experiences with AR began in 2003, when I was a creative director with a 3D gamemaking company in Singapore. In 2016, with Sayuri Okayama, I began to act upon ideas for a startup that aims to be the “Pixar of AR”. Our first character, Bubiko Foodtour, will soon have her own AR app.

Discovering the existing, and future, AR/cycling app possibilities is exciting and important to me. My own experiences may allow me to see parts of the AR/bicycling picture that others may possibly not.

An important part of this ebook is to clarify, and raise questions about, the technical interactions between autonomous vehicles, human controlled vehicles, traffic controllers, GPS and bike/AR apps. A woman pushing a bicycle was the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle: what have we learned from this tragedy?

Bicyclists gather for a memorial service

This is an ebook; it can be easily updated. The interactions between AR and bicycling will only increase, and this project will be updated. If you would like a free copy of the latest edition, send an email to the address below.

Finally, I should say that the AR apps shown within are not paid endorsements. If, in the future, sponsorship occurs, it will be made very clear. If a product appears within these pages, it is because it seems to be a good example.

I welcome your comments, critiques, suggestions and questions.

OnwARd,

Stephen Black

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Bob Seger Book Notes

In the summer of 1976, Michigan had a soundtrack: Live Bullet, by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. 

I'm writing. About that. And more.

Daniel Edward Rosen article about Night Moves in Esquire

Night Moves by Stephanie Barber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvbqGubZmgo

Hey Turbosquid, please don’t sue me! Think creative commons + free advertising.

Hello Turbosquid! As we all know Turbosquid provides excellent 3D models for use by game makers and builders of virtual worlds.

May I suggest that you allow the screen captures on your website to be used as something like a Creative Commons license? Doing so would allow energetic AR producers like myself, as well as all kinds of creatives to use those striking images... and we would be happy to credit you and the maker of the models. In short, we would be advertising for you!

I respect the model maker's skills and economic needs, and hope this idea can help promote them.

This suggestion is prompted by the following situation.

A presentation about AR and its impact upon the world of bicycling.
Stephen Black's presentation at the 419 Room, on Augmented Reality and Bicycling
  1. The creator of the powerful bike image was credited, both in the paper flyer (20 copies made in total) and here and here on line.
    The credit link went here, the cgstudio online shop.
  2. The poster suddenly had to be made, less than 24 hours before the event, Ride of Silence. A strong simple image was immediately needed.
    The day after the poster was done, I contacted the maker, explaining and hoping they would agree that the use of the image is actually advertising/ a showcase for them/TurboSquid.
    The reply was that I could not use the image because I did not pay for the model. I wrote a second, positive email, explaining that I was actually advertising for them. The response was that I should contact TurboSquid and "everything is recorded".

  3. I have not made any money from AR since I began researching/began a startup three years ago. The event is free. At present I do not even have a company set up.

Thank you Turbosquid for thinking about this...

Stephen Black

Hummingbirdsday provides the best branding and marketing solutions for tech startups. This screen capture features a game idea featuring Green Bean Boy, a character developed by Dominique Wu, the founder of Hummingbirdsday. Here Green Bean Boy enjoys a meal with Bubiko Foodtour.
Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. Although this version of Bubiko is 2D, it exemplifies cross-promotion. This still is from a Green Bean Boy game idea by Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studio

PS Another 3D project I am involved with are the Dundercats. With both the Dundercats and Bubiko, we would certainly talk to creatives about using the characters in exchange for promotion. On a case, by case basis of course.

PSS If you happen to be a 3D model maker who has images of bikes/bike parts/bike riders in wireframes, and ARE COOL WITH CROSS-PROMOTION...drop me me a line! I am not making any money yet, but things look very good when we get our AP app out. Here is a bit about me. Thanks for reading to the very bottom of this post!


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