I am soon releasing what will be a historic AR project.
However, as I write this, on October 23rd, 2017, AR is almost completely unknown. Definitely this will change. Very soon hundreds of millions of phones will be able to use AR technology for entertainment, educational and industrial uses.
It would be understandable if people thought I was crazy. I am constantly talking about a little chef named Bubiko Foodtour and a photo exhibition "that you can see in your phone, but isn't really there". I don't have a demo or a mockup. I obviously need a haircut and a new pair of shoes. Life is nebulous.
And yet, the following people have supported me. (IN ADDITION TO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.) These people "get it". I cannot thank them enough. Very soon the app will be ready and things will become even more interesting. I will never forget this year, with its stops in Johor Bahru, Jakarta, Bandung, Kuala Lumpur, southern Thailand and of course, Ipoh. THANK YOU.
Abby Hotel: Mr. Liew and his team have been incredible. This hotel has been like a home. A home with a great view, and surrounded by some of the best food in Southeast Asia!
So... you post something on the social media groups for professional AR/VR people. You are not a company; no logo, no track record in AR... you ask if anyone wants to lend their logo as a sign of support. If you are as fortunate as I was, you establish contact with a company like Baltu Studio. Peter Costa, the CEO and I hit it off immediately. Baltu specializes in VR/AR, especially audio. I was delighted to discover Creative Director Justin Leo Kennedy's board game synthesizer! (Let me repeat that: board. game. synthesizer.)
Some people do not see how everything is connected; others do. Bridges "gets it" and specializes in communicating messages that all can understand, that all can connect with. When I think of Bridges, I think of stories, decisive actions and the Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah)Band.
Emily Lowe and Emily 2u.
Emily and I met just before I started a 72 hour Facebook Live broadcasting marathon. As unusual as that was, she not only understood, she made it possible for me to do another, the 60 hour Symphony Suite Session. Emily's website is the place for Ipoh info.
From Casablanca to Secret Donut World, from Dexter's Lab to The Dundercats; I have known Stuart Rankin since my days at Cartoon Network/Turner Classic Movies. Now he is producing the Dundercats, whose musical misadventures take place in a variety of media, soon to include VR. Stuart is also a producer and editor, and his visual works are music to my eyes.
What a musician, what a producer, what a friend! I could write a book about our creative adventures, but for now, here is a short story about a 3how performance featuring a live shark and Joe the Diver,and a link to a recording featuring Amith, Curtis King, Wilson Goh and Bani Haykal. Amazing musicians and an amazing way to make a record; read the description.
Jane, being as professional and visionary as she is, makes me wonder about what she might do with the potential of AR combined with tourism. Jane's Singapore Tours website.
I was honored to become acquainted with the amazing people of JDMIS in 2002, just after I first arrived in Singapore. Since that time, we have shared countless personal, artistic and IT-related experiences. JDMIS combines old world craftsmanship with cutting edge technology, including 3D prototyping.
I have had great discussions with the people at Hock Moon Hiong about the future of food and AR. Their bak kwa, barbecued pork jerky, is legendary in Southeast Asia.
Mok and Lee, the driving force behind this Ipoh pastry shop, are like neighbors. I often see them in the coffeeshop and at Kongs, a collection of food stalls. Their dad has the strength of a man half his age; he's eighty-something. Their egg tarts are great; I often grab one with my hand and savor it as I walk in the morning light, down through the five foot way to the coffee shop.
I hope that some day, I can have a meal with Antony Vitillo, one that starts before twilight and finishes long after. We only know each through online discussions. Antony has empowered me with his questions and advice. Antony's online magazine is here.
Nazlina wrote the book on laksa, literally. Her cooking school in Penang is recognized around the world. We just met online, but I thank her here because she is a fellow indie, and her story and success are inspiring. Undoubtedly we will continue brainstorming on how to tell the world about Southeast Asian cuisine.
The second durational Facebook Live broadcast I did took place at the Symphony Suites Hotel in Ipoh..The room and the view were fantastic and the session was very productive: part artist-in-residence, part research, part content producer. During this time, free downloads of IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs of Ipoh by Bubiko Foodtour were available on Amazon.
Creating at Thanas Digital Studio has been a blast! Photoshopping Bubiko Foodtour while babies are being photographed: what a delight!
Andrew Chen and the We Love Ipoh- City of Goodfood Facebook page are inspirations for photography and food ideas.
The title of this post is a combined reference to "leap of faith", 'thanks' and 'Magic Leap', a company whose name is associated with AR.
Magic Leap, an augmented reality company that has never shipped or even shown a product, has just gotten a $502 million investment on top of its nearly $1.4 billion in existing funding. The round is led by Singapore holding company Temasek, and includes major existing investors like Google, Alibaba, and J.P. Morgan Investment Management. It adds to the mystique around the secretive company, which has been on the verge of unveiling a pair of compact augmented reality glasses since at least 2015. Two years later, its main output is still flowery paeans to its own greatness.
The 'you create your own dream' photo was take in a shop near the Symphony Suites hotel.