Category Archives: AR

AR ONES tee shirt

The gutter and the stars. And bakeries. And violin lessons.

AR ONES: Bubiko, Ollie, and the mysterious Obasan and Eggy.

Yep.

Available at finer fashion outlets internationally. Care to purchase this fine garment online? bubikofoodtour at gmail dot com

A! R! Let's go!

Get behind it before it gets past you
Now on tour....

ARphabet Tour: Toledo, Ohio

Stephen Black, writer, producer and Toledo native, returns to his hometown to talk about Augmented Reality (AR). AR is a new technology now making an impact upon education, art, medicine, industry and entertainment.

The presentation is for a general audience (including children) and is based upon the best of Stephen's presentations from universities across Southeast Asia, as well as MIT. Come on down and meet Bubiko Foodtour, the Dundercats and a few other surprise guests. Toledo is the second stop of the ARphabet Tour http://www.blacksteps.tv/

Thursday, January 31: 7-8PM An Introduction to AR

CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE COLD...Stop by on Friday, Saturday or Monday!

Augmented Reality is the technology in which digital words or objects are combined with the real world. Pokemon Go is the most famous example of AR. If you watch sports, you will often see information or diagrams overlaid on the game, especially in football. AR requires a phone, tablet or a new device called smartglasses. Soon, Facebook and Apple will make AR smartglasses. 

This presentation includes examples of AR, as well as its history. Present and upcoming uses of AR in education, art, medicine and industry are shown. www.blacksteps.tv

These links provide more information:

Definition of AR

Microsoft's Hololens AR product


Friday, February 1 2-3:45 An Introduction to Self-Publishing and the books of Stephen Black 

One of Stephen Black's books, I Ate Tiong Bahru, is a bestseller in Singapore, and all have achieved critical acclaim. In this presentation his books as well as insights into self-publishing and Amazon are presented.

Information about the books here.


Saturday, February 2 2-3:15 In Search of the Ultimate Mango Sticky Rice

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama recently toured Southeast Asia, researching food for book and augmented reality projects. In this talk,  mango sticky rice,  the popular dessert, is discussed in terms of geography, culture, economics and nutrition.


Monday, February 4 6-7:15 The ARphabet Tour: Augmented Reality, Self-publishing and Mango Sticky Rice!

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama traveled through Southeast Asia in 2017/18, researching food, writing books and networking with Augmented Reality companies,artists and researchers. This presentation, suitable for all ages, features the highlights of that two-year journey.

All events will be held at the Washington Branch Public Library, 5560 Harvest Lane.

tel: 419-259-5330

Stephen Black bio here.

A crash course of AR in 2018 can be found here.

Beach Road, a 360 VR movie produced and directed by Stephen Black.

SPOKEN , a virtual gallery by Eugene Soh, curated by SB.

The ARphabet Tour explained.

China's Silicon Valley
https://makermag.com/2019/01/07/hqb-china/

AR startup : Bubiko Foodtour +

to become the Pixar of AR...

Bubiko Foodtour (work in progress, finalized 3D version soon)

Bubiko Foodtour will appear in short entertaining AR movies full of food information. The lessons and networks resulting from Bubiko's experiences will be applied to other characters: The Dundercats (specializing in music education), The Doughbots (fun characters who promote basic math and reading skills) and Secret Donut World, a collection of whimsical characters and objects created by David Severn(UK/Japan). These original characters, stories and, eventually, software, will result in a company with the potential to become the Pixar of AR.

Revenue: freemium business model with in-app purchases, character and software licensing, digital products, physical objects like books, clothing, toys and kitchen supplies. 

Additionally, Bubiko now has a database of waiting-to-be discovered SE Asian food products suitable for food lovers worldwide.

Go To Market Plan

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama have spent the past two years in Southeast Asia, researching AR and food. As Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand, this was necessary to create the credibility necessary to benefit from the worldwide popularity of Southeast Asian foods.

These years of research have resulted in a strong personal and professional international network: programmers, journalists, podcasters, foodies, websites, galleries, digital marketing specialists, food producers, restaurant and hotel owners; as well as personal connections with AR-related companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Magic Leap, Line, Alibaba, Tencent, Kabaq and Facebook. These connections, as well as social media and online campaigns, will be activated once technical and business plans milestones are secured.

Note: At present, more than a billion devices (Apple and Android) allow users to easily enjoy Bubiko and friends. However, all movies/activities include an awareness of the possibilities offered by AR glasses and smartglasses.

Additionally developments in SLAM, meshmapping, IoT, persistent experiences, 5G etc. are being closely monitored. Facebook and Apple are among several companies planning to release AR wearables in the near future.

Upcoming AR projects like Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, and a Harry Potter AR game will increase AR awareness/the number of AR users. The phenomenal success of Pokemon Go continues, it has been downloaded over 100 million times on Google Play alone, and generated more than 300 million dollars, including in-app purchases.


Status as of January 20, 2019

Encouraging developments have occurred since the project began, but two workshops and presentations at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in June 2018 were the start of extreme public and professional interactions and possibilities:

- presentations at The Hong Kong Makers Faire

- presentation at Le Wagon Shenzhen, a bootcamp school for coders

- invited to pitch to VCs at TechCrunch Shenzhen

- establishment of a personal network in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, including makers, government bodies, digital marketers, distributors and designers.

- participation in workshops at the MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon, including those by Magic Leap, PTC and Unity.

- presenter at ARIA 2019 at MIT.

ARAI 2019 @MIT

Bubiko Foodtour +

Feedback on the physical appearance of Bubiko has been very encouraging. A Bubiko 3D model will soon be created, and used to create standardized 2D versions.

Bubiko has made an ebook about the food of Ipoh Malaysia, available on Amazon. She is currently compiling notes for a food guide to Shenzhen. are no comparable books; additionally the book introduces the different provinces of China.

The Dundercats characters, a partnership with Six Cat Studios, are now being made in 3D, in addition to merchandising and real world musical instruction activities. Scripts and story ideas are being refined for both Secret Donut World and The Doughbots; they presently exist in 2D only.

Bubiko Partnerships

Bubiko appears  in an ARKit/Unity game demo created by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey. Dominique runs Hummingbirdsday Studio, which specializes in UX/UI design. Michael has worked on games for Spongebob Squarepants, XMen and Disney.

Bubiko will be in a game being created with UARExperiences, who are currently in stealth.

In support of the ARphabet Tour, Kabaq is creating an AR version of mango sticky rice.

Discussions with Novaby are now underway to make a 3D version of Bubiko.

An Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour will soon begin.

Postproduction will continue on Lotus Mountain, a 360VR movie shot in Shenzhen, using 8K cameras supplied by Kandao. Although Bubiko is not featured, the finished film will result in beneficial publicity. A previous VR 360 film, Beach Road,was featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

Time spent in Shenzhen resulted in numerous contacts and possibilities,one being the bundling of Bubiko and the Doughbots into tablets made for children.

Bubiko on a rainy night in Shenzhen.


Augmented Reality in Asia
article about Stephen Black/Sayuri/Bubiko in Ipoh

We're waiting 'til the day we have budget and a coder or two, so that Bubiko can walk and talk... For now, we sketch and improvise.. like this.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

ARIA/Stephen Black/Sayuri Okayama/ Background for Press, Bloggers and Podcasters

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Currently bootstrapping, they have established a worldwide network of collaborators, and look forward to speaking with potential partners of any kind, including investors and VCs.

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama aim to be the Pixar of location-based AR: original characters, stories and software.

Stephen’s “unicorn”, a separate AR project, can be discussed by appointment.

Stephen is a bestselling writer, has a degree in Photographic Illustration and is an established visual artist. As a producer, he has worked in theatre, butoh, music (3how) and network television (Fuji TV, Fox, CNN and Cartoon Network).

Sayuri has extensive research in the travel industry, and conducts research related to all aspects of the startup.                                      More biographical information at the end of this document.

The Bubiko Orwell Tour  2017/8    Stephen and Sayuri: digital nomads in SE Asia, planning AR/VR/MR, building a network, sourcing distinctive air-freightable food products, and researching food/culture. Attended Rise (“the largest and most exciting tech conference in Asia” – Forbes), HK Book Fair, Ani-Com and Games Expo HK, Supercharger Fintech Incubator Year in Review event (HK),Thailand Design Week and Amazon AWS events.

Participation: HK Food Hackathon, Ipoh Malaysia Tourism Rebranding campaign.

Presentations: Ipoh, Malaysia, Sasin School of Business (Bangkok), HK PolyU, Hong Kong MakerFaire, TechCrunch and Le Wagon (Shenzhen).

Alphabet Spikes is the book Stephen is writing about the tour.        www.blacksteps.tv/

The ARphabet Tour  2019                                        Now accepting bookings.

  www.blacksteps.tv/the-arphabet-tour-in-your-town-how-to-do-schedule-it/

Kabaq, leaders in the creation of AR food models

S Nizo mobile video editing


Maker space in Shenzhen

Producers of the Dundercats

Friends of the ARphabet Tour

Sponsorship opportunities: http://www.blacksteps.tv/eight-reasons-for-sponsoring-the-arphabet-tour/

Three separate components: AR, Books/Writing and the Mango Sticky Rice Experience

Beginning with ARIA@MIT, the 100 day tour now includes stops in Phoenix, at SXSW(Austin) and the Game Developers Conference (San Francisco), as well as NYC, Washington DC, and the Chicago/Detroit area.

AR component:

Powerpoint presentation, Q and A, ARKit/Unity game demo featuring Green Bean Boy and Bubiko Foodtour, by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey

More information here

Books/Writing component:

Readings from Stephen Black’s book, including the bestselling i ate tiong bahru.

Workshops: custom designed; possible topics include self-publishing, Amazon strategies, writing techniques, plot structure and novels vs. screenplays.

Book titles:

the Agaricus Blazei Murrill Notebook (about a gourmet mushroom known for its anti-cancer properties),

Obama Search Words (fact-based fiction about Barack Obama),

Furikake (short stories, all connected with furikake, the Japanese rice topping)

I Ate Tiong Bahru (best seller about a historical area of Singapore),

Contact With Shadow (contemporary  romance novel featuring connections with colonial Singapore’s printing industry)

Bali Wave Ghost (novel; American reality TV star tries to make a fresh start in Bali)

Bubiko Foodtour in Shenzhen (food guide to China’s Silicon Valley)

Alphabet Spikes short stories and essays about the Bubiko Orwell Tour.

More information here.

The Mango Sticky Rice Experience:

A combination of deliciousness, AR, and food culture! Inspired by Bubiko Foodtour’s favorite food! Featuring real mangos, as well as an AR version of mango sticky rice created by Kabaq, the leaders in augmented reality food applications. More information here.

AR Characters:

Bubiko Foodtour (current model is a work in progress)

Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Her catchphrase is “aroi mak mak”, the Thai phrase for ‘very delicious’. Knowledgeable about all food, especially that of Southeast Asia, Bubiko is entertaining and informative.

On a technical level, Bubiko is a flagship for our other characters. We have plans to use SLAM and IoT to create cinematic, educational and entertaining table top experiences.

On a commercial level, Bubiko branding and merchandising possibilities are being explored, including, with a tablet manufacturer,  bundling Bubiko AR experiences and her favorite recipes.

The Bubiko Orwell Tour resulted in the discovery of numerous local, often organic, food products suitable for international food fans, as well as tea and coffee lovers. An area of exploration is a Bubiko brand/marketing channel.

Bubiko is a guest star in an ARkit/Unity game demo featuring Green Bean Boy.

Developer: Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studio, with Michael Stracey (veteran game developer, including Sponge Bob, Disney and X-Men)

Bubiko epublished a photo book about the food of Ipoh, Malaysia and is now working on a food guide to Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley. Bubiko Foodtour on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Bubiko's blog                                                          

Secret Donut World           

Created by Stephen Black and David Severn(UK/Japan), the Secret Donut World characters combine David’s wit with Stephen’s ideas on spatial computing. David is an internationally exhibited visual artist/painter and his work has been published in numerous Japanese magazines, children’s books and travel publications.

The Doughbots

Another Severn/Black collaboration,  the Doughbots will teach basic spelling and math skills in a fun and interactive way. (Designed for SLAM, spatial recording; with accompanying book).

The Dundercats

Adventurers in musical history as well as serious music instructors, the Dundercats are perfectly tuned for AR. Created by Aniela Chaudhuri, an accomplished violinist and instructor and Stuart Rankin, producer, former chief editor at CNN/Cartoon Network.

ARPHABET TOUR COMPLETE BREAKDOWN : www.blacksteps.tv      bubikofoodtour@gmail.com

Beach Road 360 movie
(featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas)

SPOKEN virtual gallery created by Eugene Soh, curated by Stephen Black

ARphabet Tour: The Doughbots



Hi! There is an Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.



Another creation from the minds of David Severn and Stephen Black, the Doughbots are ready to teach basic math and reading skills!

AR educational games
 a glimpse into the Doughbot World

ARphabet Tour: Bubiko Foodtour

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Bubiko Foodtour is a character created by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama. Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves mango sticky rice. She is very knowledgeable about food, especially the foods of Southeast Asia. Her favorite phrase is "Aroi mak mak".

Bubiko's blog is here, but most of her online adventures are on this blog, like this post.

Bubiko's Instagram count is here.

Twitter @bubikofoodtour

Facebook

Bubiko's photographs of Ipoh are in a book on Amazon.

She is making a book about the food of Shenzhen.

Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen
games made with ARKit and Unity
An AR game featuring Green Bean Boy, with Bubiko. Created by Dominique Wu, founder of Hummingbirdsday Studio

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

The ARphabet Tour in your town: how to schedule it.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

The ARphabet Tour starts on January 14/15 with ARIA (Augmented Reality in Action)at MIT, near Boston. Then New York City, Washington DC, Rochester New York, Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor Chicago, Austin (SXSW) and San Francisco(GDC)

As I write this, on January 1, there are no definite dates, but Rochester is likely in February. Wherever you are, let's talk and plan. Although professional and corporate possibilities may be part of the tour; its primary function is to create a network of people who would like to see AR used for entertainment and education.

Simply, get in touch and we will do our best to bring the ARphabet to you and your organization.

email ARphabettour @ gmail 

Facebook: ARphabet Tour

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

ARphabet Tour AR Characters: The Dundercats

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Created by Six Cat Studios, the Dundercats combine entertainment, music education and the history of classical music. With experience with major public events (mainly concerts) and merchandising projects, the Dundercats are a welcome addition to the ARphabet Tour!

The Six Cat Studios  team: Aniela and Stuart. Aniela is an accomplished violinist and well-music educator. Stuart has produced and edited for  major television networks, in addition to his own independent projects. 

Do subscribe to this blog as the ARphabet Tour presents ideas and demos on how the Dundercats will provide music lessons in AR.

Six Cat Studios website.

Dundercats on Facebook.






Snap card game
Aniela teaching...
Publishing Magnates
Stephen Black , Book Merah CEO/author/AR startup founder , with Stuart Rankin, co-founder of Six Cat Studios.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

ARphabet Tour AR Characters: Green Bean Boy

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

This blog post, like all of the others related the ARphabet Tour, will be updated frequently. Please check back, or better subscribe.

Green Bean Boy is a character created by Dominique Wu, the founder of  Green Bean Boy &  hummingbirdsday

Green Bean Boy is from the Planet Vert in the Haricot Galaxy...

Green Bean Boy loves the Blue Planet and is determined to defend it. He travels through time and space with his chronobean portal to defend the Blue Planet. Green Bean Boy helps everyone he can.
A mix of serious space science and literature, technology, art, and music, the Green Bean Boy game is a multidimensional experience in XR (AR +VR + MR).

Green Bean Boy's website: https://greenbeanboy.com 

Dominique is now finalizing a game demo made with ARkit and Unity. We are very happy to announce that the game features an appearance with Bubiko Foodtour!

The programming and debugging talents of Michael Stragey have made  the demo as beautiful as a diamond lit by a million moonbeams! 

DOMINIQUE'S ON LINE PORTAL TEST NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!

The demo will be part of Stephen Black's presentations at ARIA at MIT on January 14, 2019.

Hummingbirdsday

Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. Story by Stephen Black (work in progress)

The demo and  discussion will also be part of the ARphabet Tour.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Le Wagon Shenzhen Presentation: Art and Technology, by Stephen Black

Le Wagon is a fantastic organization dedicated to teaching people how to code. It was a dreamlike honor to present my work, surrounded by the nightlife of Shenzhen, the new Silicon Valley.

However, the Powerpoint above mysteriously chose not to display every image. Here are the slides with a voiceover.

LATEST NEWS: THE ARPHABET TOUR 

ARKit games made with Unity
Presentation at Le Wagon, Shenzhen December 26, 2018
Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
Stephen Black's 100 day tour of America. AR, books and mangos.