Bubiko and the Pierogi

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Her favorite food is mango sticky rice, and her favorite expression is "Aroi mak mak", which means very delicious in the Thai languge. Sayuri Okayama and I have been brainstorming about food and augmented reality since 2016, when we used a paper version of Bubiko.

Augmented Reality in Asia
Ipoh, Malaysia and an article in the Malay Mail
paper doll grey boxing for AR
A baby picture.

Finally, in July 2019, we had a 3D version of Bubiko. Novaby did a great job, and using the Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera apps, we were ready to augment reality with our little chef. The Facebook Camera idea and tech support were thanks to Dana.

Whiting, Indiana is home to both the Mascot Hall of Fame, and the Pierogi Festival. We decided to visit both on the same weekend, and had Bubiko's balloons decorated accordingly. Later, we took Bubiko to pierogi festivals in Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

Food and AR

End User or End Product

Is AR being used to create a user experience or an image to be used for publicity, marketing or other purposes?

Image made with Facebook Camera. Here Bubiko is promoting the event. Because this was made with FB Camera, Bubiko cannot be moved; once Dana set her position, she could not be moved.

Food close-up with Bubiko branding. Bubiko is our flagship, our beta tester. For now we have only one pose, but other poses and animated movements are in the works. Ultimately we aim to be the Pixar of AR; original characters, stories and software.
As seen on an iPhone 6 in Japan.
Scaling and size can be variable. This image was created with Spark AR which, unlike Facebook Camera, allows for different positioning and size of the model. Here Bubiko poses with the Licorice Guy and the Licorice Gal, one of the few non-pierogi vendors at the Pierogi Festival in Whiting.
To see more experiments in AR size, click here.
A small version of Bubiko with some of her favorite buscias at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting. Click here to learn about the buscias and other characters at the Pierogi Fest.
Bubiko is part Hello Kitty, part Anthony Bourdain. During our time in SE Asia, we did extensive research on local foods, as evidenced by Bubiko's Instagram account. Bubiko also did a photo book on the food of Ipoh, Malaysia and is planning one on Shenzhen, China.
Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen. I Ate Tiong Bahru is my bestseller about the food and culture of Tiong Bahru, a community in Singapore.
As the population of "digital people", like Mike, continues to grow, some will become waiters, waitresses. maitre des and somelliers.

SXSW!

At present the following are only proposals. Of course we hope they happen. Please vote!

AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD: THE FUTURE OF DINING

This one is by my partner, Sayuri Okayama: AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD

This is my proposal, featuring Bubiko: XR: BIKE SAFETY, MUSIC AND BUBIKO FOODTOUR

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