Category Archives: AR

AR HKPOLYU Followup 2 (Students Work)

As I began to prepare for the events, I soon discovered a fantastic problem. Three huge AR events had very recently occurred:

- Google held its Developer's Conference on May 8.

- Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference ended on June 8.

-The biggest announcements in AR were made at the Augmented World Expo, which was from May 30 to June 1.

Because my presentations were meant to reflect the State of the Art in AR, I had to organize lot of information in a short period of time. Plus, the materials I had gathered previously had become out of date.

The good news is that nearly all of the materials presented were less than a year old, some just a few days old! The bad news is that in the rush, I had to de-prioritize student's work and ended up not showing any. With this post I remedy that, and am thankful to the teachers and students involved with the work below.(Any students, anywhere: I will be happy to post your AR-related work!)

First is the "home team", the Hong Kong Polytechnic University of Design. Dr. Ludovic Krundell helped secure these images, and he was a most helpful resource and source of welcome advice during my time at PolyU. His support, as well as the guidance of Gino Yu, made my time here an unforgettable experience. OK; the work...

Meow Meow AR Cat Game by HK Poly U Students

AR Game by: LIU MingYi, Kelly
ZHANG Zhenyi
LIU Xiaoyu, Sherry

Meow Meow AR Cat Game by HK Poly U Students 2

Poster for Sound Visualization, an AR project by Zhuang Mengzhou, Dai Mingyi, Dong Genggeng, Hu Xianzhi

Thailand : the Institute for Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology has incorporated AR into junior high school science textbooks.(Info kindly provided by Trasvin Jittidecharak/Silkworm Books.)

The following were kindly provided by Fabian Winkler, the Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, at the Electronic and Time-Based Art Program of Purdue University. Professor Winkler's own work can be seen here.

The following presentations were developed within a short period: less than two weeks. They are about the relationship of the markers (image targets) and the AR content they activate.

from Singapore

Debbie Ding (http://dbbd.sg / http://openurbanism.blogspot.com

Lecturer, Interaction Design

Module Leader for Final Year Project 1 and Final Year Project 2

AR HKPOLYU Followup 1 (HMDs)

This is the first of several posts related to the two workshops and two presentations that I recently gave at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

(The second post is here.)

Discussions with attendees, combined with research, made it clear that HMDs (wearables) are already a significant market, and moving fast. No need to hold anything, when your eyeglasses are computers. Mobile phones are outdated.!?

To keep up with the latest developments, the following are highly recommended:

The Ghost Howls

ARIA (Augmented Reality in Action)

and a Youtube Channel called Augmented Reality in Education.

https://next.reality.news/news/vuzix-smart-glasses-getting-major-upgrade-2019-with-light-engine-from-plessey-0185050/

The sales projections in the following report don't feel right to me. For one thing, I don't think it is a good idea to lump the two together. 19 MAR 2018 Demand for Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality Headsets Expected to Rebound in 2018, Says IDC

At 5:50 there is an example of a very large amount of data being displayed within a HMD. Undoubtedly there are newer and better ways to display very large amounts of data.

Here is the next post, featuring the works of students from Purdue University (U.S.A), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the School of Interactive and Digital Media at Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore.

Fintech: (Supercharger HK Demo 2018)

Yesterday I went to a fintech event with my feet dragging; expecting to drop off some flyers and then leave. However, I stayed for five hours, to the point where I almost missed a historic art event!

I stayed for two reasons.

As I began to take in the exhibits and meet people, I began to feel that I was witnessing a watershed moment in financial history. Learning about the achievements that were showcased, I sensed that the digital revolution has now advanced into an area that was considered to be an impenetrable fortress: the interaction between government regulators, financial institutions and SMEs. The fewer difficult and time-consuming transactions SMEs have, the better their chances are for survival. SMEs are what makes the world go round! This event was for everyone, actually, not zillion dollar companies.

The second reason I stayed was that, simply, everyone I met seemed to be genuinely trying to help others. There was a good feeling at the event.

I learned many things about how the delays and complications associated with starting and/or operating an SME are being reduced. My small way of thanking these unsung heroes is to list them below. These people and companies should be celebrated for their perseverance, attention to detail and their accomplishments.

Enforcd Regulatory Intelligence (RegTech)

mindbridge Financial Auditing with Artificial Intelligence

gini Personal Financial Management

AIZEN Credit Scoring and Management with Artificial Intelligence

fundpark Trade Finance for SME

Know your customer Client on-boarding

Investment Navigator Wealth Advisory

exate technology Data Privacy Management (RegTech)

cyberProductivity SME Accounting with Artificial Intelligence

Plus, as a writer, I found Phrazor extremely interesting!

All of this awesomeness was showcased and supported by a company whose name says it all: SUPERCHARGER.

PS My "writer sensibilities" started flashing when I learned this phrase: the right to be forgotten. To the contrary, this event was unforgettable.

Questionnaire for Those Attending AR Workshops at HK Poly June 11 and 13

Hello!

The workshops are being fine-tuned,but here is the basic structure. You are welcome to attend both, though the first is already full.

Related to the event,Book Merah is giving away and discounting Stephen Black's books during this event. Click here for details.

Hong Kong Polytechnic AR Presentations and Workshops by Stephen Black (June 11 and 13)

EVENTBRITE registration

There are many posts on this website related to my ideas and experiences with AR. This post however, gives some of the most up-to-date examples of AR that I have found.

AS PART OF THESE SPECIAL EVENTS I AM GIVING AWAY AND DISCOUNTING MY EBOOKS!DETAILS HERE! (No I am not shouting, just excited.)

Location: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Jockey Club Innovation Tower

WORKSHOP 1 (June 11 Registration at 2:15. Workshop 2:30-4:30 Room V513, 5F V Building)

Title: AR: Define, Think and Do

To achieve one’s goals, one must use the best words. By defining and clarifying the vocabulary of the AR world, we eliminate some inefficiencies. Three parts:

- Explanation and visual examples of terminology

- Open time for the exchange of participants ideas, questions and experiences

- Group brainstorming and the description of a proposed AR project in which a digital creation would be placed into a physical situation.

Special emphasis is given to the uses of AR in design, gamemaking and art

WORKSHOP 2 (June 13 Registration at 2:15. Workshop 2:30-4:30 Room V513, 5F V Building)

Title: AR: Examples and Mockup Possibilities

This poster is currently being updated, showing less of me and more of the work of HK Poly students.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

Examples of AR in art, design, gamemaking and commerce: U2, Pokémon Go, Magic Leap, 19 Crimes and many more

- How to make, how to host: commercial and free apps

- Individual’s ideas, questions and experiences

- Mock-up creation, either with paper or free software such as HP Reveal

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PRESENTATION 1 (June 11 5-7 PM Room V1101 11th floor V building)

AR in 2018: an overview

Augmented Reality is starting to be used in every area of our lives, and its uses will continue to increase. This presentation showcases AR projects in art, design, gamemaking, advertising, fashion, education, shopping, marketing, finance and more.

PRESENTATION 2 ((June 13 5-7 PM Room V1101 11th floor V building))

Stephen Black: VR, AR and Me

Artist, writer and producer Stephen Black began working with virtual worlds in 2002. Game-making, VR filmmaking, AR projects and more; the locations being Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, HK and Thailand. An entertaining and informative look at two very dynamic trends, the presentation is for anyone, IT geek or not!

AR reference materials for Hong Polytechnic Presentations and Workshops

Interesting things I found while doing research for my workshops and presentations on June 11 and 13.

Eventbrite registration is here

I will be giving ebooks away during this time, as well as discounting them. Info here.

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AR and ART! An article by Grace Ko/Jumpstart magazine.

U2 Snapchat type Mephisto

Video: The Augmented Reality Market Opportunity - Panel at AWE 2016

https://arilyn.com/cases/ Highly recommended!

http://3dbear.io/

https://www.slideshare.net/WeAreCramer/augmented-reality-for-brand-experiences-during-augmented-reality-in-action-aria-2018-at-the-mit-media-lab

I would like to thank Michael Konin Kato for the following four pieces of AR/VR info:

http://qoncept.co.jp/

https://www.designboom.com/design/teamlab-dmm-digital-office-tokyo-05-16-2017/

https://vrzone-pic.com/en/

https://www.tokyoweekender.com/2018/02/we-cant-wait-to-see-teamlabs-new-digital-museum/

I have benefited from The Ghost Howls for over a year. Inspiring, informative and funny! I want to be The Ghost Howls when I grow up!

Here is an informative podcast:Ken Devellis on How to Create AR Apps.

walkin_demo_LP from Living Popups on Vimeo.

AWE

Charlie Fink's Metaverse - An AR Enabled Guide to AR & VR

https://www.swedenvirtualreality.com/

Book Merah Ebook Giveaway June 2018 HONG KONG and BEYOND

It is now noon on Sunday. I will update this in about 12 hours. There are other book discounts and giveaways now available; please check on Amazon. And, actually Alphabet Spikes and Antigone.Cloud have not yet been cleared into the Amazon system. They will appear soon. Thanks for your patience and please check back later. Thank you! Steve More book info here!

The giveaway will coincide with my presentations at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on June 11 and 13.

Information on some of the books can be found here.

I am excited to present two book ideas. The book ideas are: Alphabet Spikes and Antigone.Cloud: Ghost of a Robot I use the word "book ideas" because these two projects will be "normal" books and ebooks someday. For now, they are both inexpensive subscriptions. What do I mean by that? Here is how it works:

1. You buy the book, or get it while it is a free giveaway.

2. You read it.

3. If you like it, send me your email, and I will send you the latest chapters.

4. If you don't like it, I hope you feel that the price was fair and the information and stories were valuable.

So, these two books are something like subscriptions or crowdfunding. Without further ado, the books are:

Alphabet Spikes

Art and entrepreneurship go on a road trip in Southeast Asia. Lots of eating, a few meetings, and nonstop ups and downs.

and

Antigone.Cloud: Ghost of a Robot

A ten year old girl made of software faces the difficulties of growing up.

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A national bestseller in Singapore

i ate tiong bahru is a bestseller in Singapore. Here's the link to iatb on Amazon. Here is a link to a blog post with reviews and more information.

photography as part of book cover design

a photograph of a dancer on a farm, the title and the author's name

Short stories that involve rice seasonings. A price discount. What more could you want? (And those blank pages are gone. And a story has been added! I should really update that Amazon description soon. Speaking of Amazon: the link.

The Ipoh photobook is free from June 9-13,2018. This is the book that inspired the world's first AR photo exhibition. On Amazon!

UNGLUE CONTACT WITH SHADOW IMMEDIATELY!

Contact With Shadow in quotes book cover

Printing history and romance collide in this novel by Stephen Black.

from the Internet Cafe in Chung King Mansions

An HK$ 8 paper cup of chai tea is in front of the monitor. Tea reminds me of coffee and I could certainly write at length about my six day crash course on HK coffee culture. Here, I am an unofficial spokesman for northern Thailand coffee and tea.

I could also write about how it feels to be back. I lived in Hong Kong for a few years during the Handover. Food is another obvious topic.

But what I will write about is a list of things I have to do and think about. Probably boring to most people, but here we go:

Hong Kong Polytechnic Workshop. Two workshops, each 3 hours. Two presentations. The workshops will be more conceptual than technical. It will be interesting to learn the AR awareness level of those participating. It is likely many will have much more hands on production experience than I do. The first presentation will be geared towards design students, but open to all. The second is titled AR, VR and Me, which uses my life experiences as a starting point to explain AR and VR. This talk is for the general public.

Kandao! This exciting camera manufacturer is just over the border in Shenzhen. We have agreed to meet, but when? My passport is full; I go to the consulate next Tuesday. I need to finish my movie proposal soon!

"All his life was an incessant research of a language that could conform with the modern man. Speed, words in freedom, war, and revolution are the words that best represent the life of Marinetti, who was called “caffeina d’Europa” (caffeine of Europe), because he was always ready to excite the Old Continent with some novelties."

Stuart Rankin/The Dundercats Now that I am on the home turf of the Dundercats, it's time to brainstorm and plan how their AR plans can be woven into the AR plans of Bubiko Foodtour, Secret Donut World and the Dobots.

Signal 8 Publishers. I had a great time at the launch of two books: Xu Xi's Insignificance and Marshall Moore's Inhospitable. The Sunday afternoon was anything but inhospitable, and it was very significant to me, on several levels; one being that Xu Xi will be leaving HK for New York. I should also note that her husband Bill was there, and he reminded me of an evening in Manhattan when I bumped into him in midtown. He was in a pack of karaoke singers, and for some reason I was invited. I went to where they were going. I ate a bowl of soup and left. Or so Bill says. I don't remember that happening, but a chance meeting on the streets of NYC, followed by a bowl of soup sounds about my speed.

Speaking of food: CONFUSION reigns!

Super Rare! Block chain. I need to have a conversation with them. The plot twist here is that I would like to use some of Toyo's images as the basis for simple digital artworks. As I Toyo and I were discussing things l;ike this before he passed away, I feel it is OK. However, I have tried to contact his family first, so as to get their thoughts.

Alphabet Spikes: the book I am writing about the Bubiko Orwell Tour. I am still filling notebooks, still frustrated that I do not have a laptop. Here is the blurb: Art and entrepreneurship go on a road trip in Southeast Asia. Lots of eating, a few meetings, and nonstop ups and downs.

The other book:

Antigone. Cloud: Ghost of a Robot A ten year old girl made of software faces the difficulties of growing up.

Back in HK, I instantly remembered Visage.

Back in HK, I instantly remembered the Star Ferry.

Back in HK, I instantly remembered the prices of housing and food. Ouch! We came here planning to do a month-long house sit.However, this fell through a couple of days before we got on the plane. SO... if anyone in HK has any leads on housesitting or inexpensive housing, please do get in touch asap. Chung King certainly has its charms, but...

Oh yes: since I am in HK: 3how! The Silent State

Cupping Steve’s Wild Coffee (part 2)

part 1 is here..

Boss: "Fruit. Westerners eat different fruit than Thai people. So when a coffee description in English mentions the name of a fruit, it doesn't always immediately register."

This is the second statement Boss said after he took his first sip of medium roasted SWC. "Apricot" was the first.

female barista

Neung, from Once Cafe in Chiang Rai, cupping Steve's Wild Coffee.

Then, with Neung, we began a discussion on the many variables related to describing the taste of coffee. The individual's sensitivity, cultural background and coffee-tasting experience for example. How do different machines affect the taste? The water? The weather? The soil, weather and growing conditions are constantly changing; how does a plant respond? It was only after Boss mentioned the word "apricot' that I became aware of the trace of tangy sweetness that he was referring to. And, after some thought, I think a young chiku fruit, not yet sweet, would be a solid comparison.
Coffee beans on a plate

Beans on a plate on a blue and white patterned cloth.

The bottom line for the SWC Medium roasted, for this cupping, is that the texture is smooth and there is a slightly tannin taste as well as a hint of apricot. It is a flavorful drink by itself. Adding milk would likely mask this coffee's subtleties. We discovered peaberry beans among the flatbeans and this was a nice surprise! Peaberry, especially from northern Thailand is recognized as a quality bean.

The SWC dark roast was very similar to the medium roast, but with an additional taste resulting from a longer roasting time. The taste sensation, like so many, is difficult to describe."Burnt" strikes me as being too strong of a word. The flavor is not really "smoky", either. Well-roasted is a phrase that could be used, but it does not contain any specific description of taste. The beans look like smooth glossy stones, and this is because the roasting process brought some of the oil to the surface. An excellent post about roasting is here, on The National Coffee Association USA website.

The last version of SWC we cupped was a mix of 80% dark with 20 percent of an extended roast. The beans were dark and oily, as more oil was brought out because of the longer roasting time.

It tasted energetic to me, a little bit "burnt", a little bit fruity, a smooth but "buzzy taste"; energetic. This latte was made from the 80/20 blend and it was pretty gosh darn good.

Latte Art

Created by Neung, at Once Cafe, Chiang Rai

I will need sometime to think about the short description for SWC. Having no experience, I can't really judge things like Dry Fragrance, Wet Aroma,Flavor, Finish, Acidity, and Body.Let alone the procedures scoring methods found here. SWC is wild, and I am still researching exactly what that means. Overgrown estate? Birds or animals ate the coffee cherries from the government-affiliated plantations and then deposited the seeds throughout the hillsides? The "wild" part of this experience is what interests me. I briefly worked on a permaculture farm, and it seemed that the intent was to simulate an "uncivilized" growing environment, ie the wild". The main reasons for growing in the permaculture style are taste and environmental respect. Now, I do not have the time to see for myself what wild means in terms of SWC, meaning I cannot go to the growing areas.

I will just have to make another cup and sit and write a description.

A photograph of a photograph

A photograph of a Pa O woman in the Coffee Traveler magazine displayed on the counter

AR as Blockchain: an eye-opener

My limited understanding of blockchain is that it is decentralized. My experiences with AR have given me the impression that AR is also a decentralized technology, though mobile phone makers can be said to be an international cartel of sorts. As I write this, I am in Chiang Rai, Thailand, close to the borders of Myanmar and Laos, and a few hours bus ride north of the more famous city of Chiang Mai.

I have just spent a few hours with Suphakorn Traisrisin, a 14 year old boy. He is teaching himself how to work with Hewlett-Packard's AR system, Reveal. Suphakorn wants to be a computer engineer, and undoubtedly, when the time comes, he will have a number of geographical options in which to pursue his career. Unlike the businesses of the Industrial Age, the internet has created a decentralized and seemingly level playing field where talent and ideas can take root anywhere and blossom internationally.

I realize this concept/possibility has existed for a while, but it was really brought home watching a 14 year old, very distant from Silicon Valley, teaching himself a cutting edge technology.

two generations and a laptop

in Chiang Rai Thailand, with Suphakorn Traisrisin

Handphone  + laptop display

HP + AR + tea!

Bubiko Fodtour AR tearial

Experimentation with the Reveal AR software by Hewlett-Packard

Bubiko  Foodtour in Chiang rai

https://www.instagram.com/bubikofoodtour/?hl=en