In June 2017, public actions began for Bubiko Foodtour, a character who will soon be appearing in AR(Augmented Reality). These actions involve networking, photographing Southeast Asian foods for a Bubiko Foodtour book project and informing the general public about the possibilities of AR with examples such as these:
Additionally, my background with VR is explained, and these two projects are shared: Beach Road (a short 360 movie I co-produced with hiverlab) SPOKEN a virtual galley, curated by myself, co-produced with Eugene Soh and featuring a variety of artists and writers. Regarding my background related to my AR startup, this link and this collection of links.
Unlike Pokemon and other characters that have made an impact in AR, Bubiko is starting from zero: a grassroots, bootstrapping approach. Her base is being built in Southeast Asia, for two reasons. First, Bubiko is “ä littlë chef from Thailand”, who is currently researching Southeast Asian food for her book project.
Secondly, Southeast Asia is ideal for gaining the first-hand knowledge necessary to create successful international AR experiences. SE Asia is a complex, multicultural and expansive environment for gaming/digital entertainment. Lessons learned here minimize unpleasant surprises for a global launch.
Although Bubiko’s character is now being created (in Z-brush), she is being introduced to, and discussed with, a variety of individuals, restaurants, companies and organizations.
Just as AR technology and Bubiko continue to develop, the following database will also expand, creating possibilities of many kinds. Also, not all of our plans and activities are outlined here; do get in touch if you would like to know more.
David Severn (UK/Japan)
Stephen Black (US/Asia)
Eugene Soh (Singapore)
Syauqi Kahar (Malaysia)
Straits Affair Peranakan Food and Culture Specialists Melacca
Samm’s Farm Coffee producer/ two cafes Bandung Indonesia
Pizza Puzzini Swedish pizza in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Singapore-based VCs
- Johor Bahru, Malayia-based VC
- San Francisco-based VC
- American/Asian IP lawyer specializing in IP
- colleagues and leaders of industry
Pet Shop Box Studio: specialist in digital stickers
Google seminar on VR for artists by Michael Neimark, Google's first artist in residence
Vive/NVidia bootcamp Google Earth VR and TiltBrush demo at Cooler Lumpur, KL
University of Monash (research)
Nearly every vendor of VR gaming software that we see!
Major push after Bubiko is officially ready