Bubiko is a little chef who has been having some exciting adventures in AR, Augmented Reality. Bubiko was born at Novaby and made her public debut at Tech in the Tenderloin.
Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and marching along the path of Spoken Word.
This post is exploratory.
Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour are now looking for opportunities to make presentations, or do collaborations with musicians, artists, writers or AR practitioners in these cities.
(BLAM is also a reference to SLAM: Simultaneous Localization And Mapping, a process associated with AR.)
Stephen Black has given presentations at Sasin School of Business, MIT Media Lab, Hong Kong PolyU, TechCrunch Shenzhen and the Collider at Alitimetrik (Detroit). This post is about his projects and this post is about Bubiko's.
What we hope to do, are open to:
Find AR collaborators. Do you have an AR software that could use a cute little chef? (Bubiko has been in Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera projects, as well as an AR game demo made by Dominique Wu from Hummingbirdsday Studios. Two projects using Artive are here and here.
2. Consultations regarding AR, or projects needing a producer.
The recent release of citywide 3D mapping technologies allows AR objects to be placed permanently and accurately. Two companies to watch : Scape and 6D.Ai.
With an established background in visual arts, music, the performing arts and AR, I have been waiting for the opportunity to create very large scale AR artworks. Years ago I developed plans for an AR sound artwork for Singapore's Tiong Bahru, an estate composed of historic Art Deco buildings. In 2018, in Shenzhen, a citywide light show rekindled my interest in large scale AR projects.
This year, while preparing for a presentation in Detroit, another idea: an Augmented Reality project to be viewed, and experienced, from inside Autonomous Vehicles; bROADWAY
Although the ideas of bROADWAY could work in any city, Detroit is associated with the automobile industry, including AV. Detroit is the home of legends like Motown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, the Jacksons, Detroit techno (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May +), Bob Seger, Jack White, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. These points, plus distinguished architecture and public spaces, mean there could be no better city for the world’s first AR+AV citywide experience!
AVs as performers!
If anyone in Detroit knows how to make this project happen, please get in touch.
(And, as AVs are becoming more common worldwide, the idea could happen anywhere.)
This blog post is a sample of the guide, which is available on Amazon.
This is a response to an urgent need to share
Influences: a. “make it fast, not
c. ash from chaos
d. Chungking Express
e. The Zone System by Ansel
Adams and Minor White
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or find a way to make sure this purchase is something you are very happy with.
Hint, hint, Bubiko and I are working on an app. (Many times in the past, I have given out free ebooks; only to be
surprised that people did not even open them; even my bestseller.)
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Stephen Black from Bubiko’s Unusual Guide
Stephen Black from Bubiko’s Unusual Guide to AR
Have a nice day.
9/3/2019 4th edition
Anchor The three points used to describe the
location, in the real world, where an AR object has been placed. The more one
understands about 3D geometry, the more one is prepared for AR. See also billboarding, geopost.
Augmented Driving Will Feel Like, a SXSW
presentation by Theo Calvin.
Avatar A digital creation used to
represent a person, possibly resembling a human, possibly not.
‘augment’ means to make something greater; to give it more power. The platform
called ‘augmented reality’ is a network that adds digital information to real
objects. Machines are needed to do this, and
to see the results. Thus, augmented reality is the real world and the
digital information added to it, as well as the machines enabling us to
experience both at the same time.See R3
information could be in the form of a 3D model of a real object made by a
computer, like the furniture in AR apps made by Ikea, Wayfair and other
companies. Pokemon Go and Snapchat are
other examples of AR. However, the digital information could also be live or
pre-recorded video, music, podcasts,medical imagery, industrial blueprints,
text information or many other types of content.
phone, tablet, HMD (head mounted device) or eyewear is needed to see/hear/feel the digital content.
change everything, even more than radio, television, computers and mobile
Autonomous Vehicles Vehicles capable of sensing their
environment, making decisions and navigating without human input. AVs require the safest, most efficient AR data networks possible.
Billboarding The term used to describe a common procedure when positioning models
in AR. Billboard means that the front view of the 3D model faces the viewer.
Most AR apps allow the user to rotate the model so that another side of the
model is presented to the viewer.
Bubiko in the starting position; ie
Rabbit The AR masterpiece of 2019.
Occlusion, light estimation, voice commands and
Patched Reality and 6d allow you to learn three
years worth of ARness, and see the future:
Foodtour AR’s first superstar, a character created by
Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama. Bubiko is one of the results of a two year
food/AR research trip in Southeast Asia. Bubiko is a trailblazer who shares her
AR experiences with the general public as well as with AR practitioners. Bubiko
often forms partnerships, such as one with Green Bean Boy, a character made by
Dominique Wu at Hummingbirdsday Studios http://www.hummingbirdsday.com/.
Other collaborations are planned with the Dundercats, by Six Cat Studios https://www.sixcatstudios.com/journal/2018/4/24/the-dundercats,
and creations by David Severn http://david-severn.com/ . The 3D version of
Bubiko was created by Novaby. https://www.novaby.com/
Charlie Fink's Metaverse - An AR Enabled Guide to AR & VR
Cloud see R3
vision Computers use lenses, radar and many kinds of
sensors to learn about the world. These different ways of “seeing” are often
combined with Artificial Intelligence(AI). The end result is that computers
recognize objects as well as the many kinds of information connected to them.
Convergence author and
Forbes columnist Charlie Fink tells the story of Augmented Reality (AR), a new
technology that's already seeping into every smartphone and every workplace.
AR's merger with new 5G and AI technologies will unleash a wave of innovation
that will enable wearable, invisible, latency-free and ubiquitous computing.
The book uses a kind of mobile AR called "marker AR" to allow readers
to use their smartphone to bring pages to life, demonstrating with art and
entertainment how the world, and every person, place, and thing, will be
painted with data. https://www.amazon.com/Convergence-World-Will-Painted-Data/dp/0578460556/
sensing Recording scenes in 3D dimensions. See volumetric video
Events on Hi-Techs4Humans: Workshops, Seminars, Lectures, etc. (Facebook)
computing There are advantages to processing data as
close to the user as possible, especially in regards to the Internet of Things.
This means, to a large extent, a decentralized system. This
localized/decentralized approach is called edge computing.
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.
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.
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?
At present the following are only proposals. Of course we hope they happen. Please vote!
BONNETS! (My Powerpoint looks extremely low tech. As much as I like this look, I have to say I had no choice. I was using my Chromebook , and used the baked in slide show creator. Next time, I might actually have the time to do some design work.)
DC Rainmaker does his usually outstanding job of reviewing a bicycle-related product.Jump into the video at about the 4 minute mark to see some exemplary AR techniques. Click here to see more examples and ideas related to AR+ Bicycles.
Cannondale, for the win! A great example of functional AR in an everyday situation, as opposed to a factory or medical facility.
From a presentation I did on AR and bike safety. All of those concepts need to be unified and rethought for the age of AR.
An example of an organization that has information that would be useful for AR in Detroit. Geographic Information Services… How much of what is under the road do they have records of? This info would be necessary for many AR services,
How do they make pointclouds-or do they even do this yet?
One of Magic Leap's views on how the total AR world might look like.
The layers presented include IoT (the Internet of Things, as well as AI. Photo courtesy of Tony at the Skarred Ghost, another person I suggest serious AR/VR people support and follow.
Another presentation from Magic Leap on how the total AR Cloud might look. They use the term "Magicverse".
A representation by the OARC on what the layers of the cloud would be. My suggested terms would be REAL1 (R1), REAL2 (R2) and REAL3 (R3). R1=the physical world. R2; the layer with few changes; buildings, landmarks, geography. R3 being the part of the AR cloud that changes the most, and has the most segmentation.
This system also lends itself to further classification. R2C22 , for example, could refer to a specific block in Chicago for example, and R2C22E could be the collective "channel" for all organizations utilizing traffic emergency communications for that area.
Microsoft Azure Spatial anchor systems. 'Anchor systems' refers to geoposing. There can be an endless number of clouds. Interoperability... Machines reading the world for humans... A browser...AI assisted browsers.
This is from the State of the Open AR Cloud 2019 report by the Open Augmented Reality Cloud group. Already some governing bodies are being formed.
Shenzhen's celebration used the entire city as a canvas. Something like this could be done in Detroit with AR, for much less cost, and with greater detail. AVs could travel on programmed routes... a new form of musical is born!
My report on the maker culture of Shenzhen is here.
The Fox Theatre is one of Detroit's cultural assets that could be utilized. This slide shows some of the layers of creation and co-operation that need to be considered.
Back to bROADWAY… and we have "discovered" that the Fox Theater is geofenced. Geofencing is a blocking of AR access. Military bases, sensitive areas...the interior of homes. The Fox Theatre is copyrighted, I believe. In this fictional example, Fox may have geofenced their theater to prevent unauthorized AR usage.
Color correction was made, in both cases, with the 'auto' function. Spark is brighter than Camera.
Spark allows the camera person to move around the model, as though it were a physical object. Spark also allows the size of the model to become different sizes. With Facebook Camera, the position and size of the model are locked. Only the front of the model can be seen, like a 2D image. Like a postage stamp.
In this case, Dana positioned Bubiko on the bottom right. We checked this position so that it also works in landscape mode. However, landscape mode seems to be unstable, based on my experiences. Fb Camera often enlarges and turns the background scene, like this:
Note the size of the pictures in the last two examples. Spark uses the dimensions of a mobile phone, Camera produces a more conventional image.
Finally: saving images. Spark, in my case, saved images directly into the iPad photo album.
Facebook Camera, on the other hand... Unless you actively go into the Facebook Archive feature, and turn it on, the images are only stored for 24 hours! I am hoping there is a way to retrieve some images I made, but so far have not been able to find a way to bring them back. Frustrating, as I am 99.9% sure I pressed "save" on the Facebook Camera app.
All images were created with an iPad.
Happy to reply to any questions or comments. Thanks for stopping by!
I have to thank Dana Moreira S Hagan A LOT. For personal reasons, I unexpectedly found myself in Austin on a Tuesday, with the need to have the new version of Bubiko loaded in my tablet by 1PM the following Saturday.
On Wednesday, I went to Facebook, presented them with this letter:
Although I was told they would get back to me, they haven't. After constant searching, including meeting the very helpful PJ and Ramona at Impact Hub, I discovered Capital Factory. There were two events going on that night (Thursday), but two people, Brance Hudzietz and Erin Miller, put my request out on two different networks!
Finally, on Friday, about 6, I discovered Erin Ford at General Assembly. Thanks to Erin, about 7PM I started a phone conversation with Dana. Dana did not have the Mac-with-Mojave that was so desperately needed, but she did come through with the idea to use Facebook Camera which was an even better choice for testing.