The goal is to prepare for the possibilities of AR cinema.
This post documents a simple test. The Bubiko model used for the Tech in the Tenderloin event was used. Two locations: a garage and an open piece of land. The objective: to gain an understanding of what a “stage” can be in AR. AR is a new medium; to use the established techniques of theatre, television and movie is to fail to grasp the uniqueness of AR. Performance art and dance provide clues.
Notes: Spark used
Occlusion not a concern at this time
Ambient light a constant
Size and scaling of Bubiko purposely varied
Bubiko was created by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama
iPad used; no manual controls nor color correction
With Sayuri Okayama, I would like to thank Novaby for doing such a great job in creating the 3D version of Bubiko. The version on display is a work in progress, and already the reception has been very positive.Thank you Novaby!
After three years+... the first baby steps of Bubiko Foodtour. Tech in the Tenderloin is an amazing event, this year again sponsored by Niantic. TNT was co-founded by June Sargent and Julia Beabout and we (Sayuri and Stephen) cannot thank them, and all involved, enough.
It will be my first time to work with young American people...
Second, it will be my first time in San Francisco/the Silicon Valley with someone to bring to the IT/AR table... Bubiko Foodtour, the flagship character for our AR startup.
We need to make our MVP, Minimum Viable Product. Hire, or partner with a developer, OR find an angel investor to cover the 10K needed. The 10K,and a construction time of one month, are based on quotations from three AR experts.
Bubiko has paid her dues, and we think our MVP will do "alright " financially. Not only will our MVP scale, but we have other characters, like Secret Donut World and the Dundercats. We want to become the Pixar of AR +.
Stop by Tech in the Tenderloin and say hi! There are lots of great companies introducing their tech to the kids. Niantic will most likely be presenting their Harry Potter AR project.
Thank you very much for any ideas or contacts.
More info on Stephen Black here, including his bestselling book, his VR movies and a Unity-based online gallery project.
ARBICLE- A piece of bicycle equipment, with partial or total augmented reality functionality. A bicycle light with some AR functions is an arbicle. A device which acts as a "AR computer", exclusively managing AR functions for the bike, traffic and rider is also an arbicle.
The word "arbicle" was coined by Stephen Black in 2019, in response to a perceived need for AR-compatible bicycle gear.Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and an AR/VR producer.
The chart above is a hypothetical overview and no such network or devices now exist. LIDAR is used an example of a traffic monitoring system. In reality, LIDAR is heavy, delicate and extremely expensive. Unlike autonomous vehicles, bicycles must have an attentive human steering and braking. Thus,LIDAR would be unnecessary. However. sensors detecting objects within a range of 50 feet around the bike would be advantageous. An arbicle featuring a rear view camera with a feed into the visor or smartglasses is an obvious need. ARbicles specializing in emergencies would be another obvious need.
Also, if you are near San Francisco's Tenderloin District on June 28th, you are warmly invited to the world premier of Bubiko Foodtour!
Bubiko will be at the Novaby booth at the Tech in the Tenderloin Fair! her app will not be on dispaly, as we haven't made it yet, but Bubiko will be hosting an interactive event that is sure to be a crowdpleaser.
A collection of posts regarding AR and Bicycling can be found here.
Traffic planning in the age of the cloud. I have read a lot and talked to many experts, but the questions in this little chart still are unanswered. To me, at least. Any ideas or thoughts are welcome; just use the comments section. Thank you! If you are an expert and want to be credited, or interviewed for my upcoming books just let me know. One book is about AR and bicycle safety. the other is about AR and traffic. (Have not yet finalized the titles.)
Obviously, the following is hypothetical; I can't think of any existing city which could accommodate five one-way lanes of traffic.
CURB ACTIVITY: Pedestrians. Parking spots for ebikes,bikes, scooters, fire hydrants, subterranean electricty and water lines, wheelchair access, bus stops, taxi/Uber/Lyft pick up and drop off areas
BIKE LANE: Individual and groups of riders, ll requiring two-way communication for weather, traffic patterns etc.
AV LANE small and large vehicles, some functioning as mobile rooms (classrooms with remote teachers, discussion rooms, meeting rooms, chill rooms, even mobile workout spaces with offsite trainers)
EMERGENCY LANE/DELIVERY LANE/BUS LANE Could something like this be managed? By whom? Would involve communicating with AVs.
TRAFFIC SIGNAL With proper traffic planning, autonomous vehicles would not need to "see" a physical light. and in this slightly futuristic scenario, could the traditional red/green/yellow lights be replaced by screens? Not just colors could be displayed, but traffic information.
WHO IS USING WHAT KIND OF AR? Pedestrians- shopping, entertainment and internet services/information and maps for walking.
Bicyclists- maps and traffic information, internet services, including music.
Autonomous Vehicle2 A regularly scheduled "classroom mobile"with four students, a human teacher and AR educational materials.
Vehicle 1: the Bubiko AR movie is on Google Cloud, the AR meeting is hosted on Apple's iCloud service, the other parent is using Facebook's cloud service. The windshield display is by WayRay and hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
Vehicle 2 is fitted with a Sony mobile AR classroom and the windshield AR hosting software is by Kamatera.
Emergency Vehicles: capable of seeing and interacting with emergency situations before arriving. Connected to a central traffic planning system, emergency vehicles and AVs are capable of maneuvering so that emergency vehicles get to their destination as quickly as possible.
Autonomous Delivery vehicles can be programmed to deliver with minimum traffic interference; for example at specific low traffic times.
Curb Activity is monitored by Open Curbs, Populus and Remix, all of whom feed information into private and government service providers who then use AR to provide information to those in traffic.
Road surface conditions: Potholes, floods, ice and snow. Monitored and then delivered to a central traffic planning agency.
Underground: sewers, flood control, power cables and more. Information available by AR
Drones: somehow drones will enter into the mobile AR picture...
Stephen Black: This post is a breakdown of my experiences with AR/VR/Spatial Computing. It starts with 2002, though I received a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology well before that.
Before 2002, I lived in Tokyo, Manhattan, Paris and Hong Kong, and worked in network TV, fine arts, photography and music. A fuller biography can be found here. But AR is the topic of this post...
2002-2007. In Singapore I worked as a creative director for a 3D game making company that was also doing something like Youtube,-- but three years before Youtube. Although I was not a developer, I learned a great deal about spatial computing, and taught 3D gamemaking in Singapore, including classes at the Singapore Science Center. It was during this time, that David Severn and I developed the Secret Donut World characters.
2007- 2014 Singapore/Bali: wrote novels, including a bestseller, was involved with 3how and researched VR and AR.
2014 SPOKEN, with Eugene Soh; a curation of a wide range of artists.
2014 The Oculus signaled the emergence of VR, and I began notes for a book about VR cinematography.
2015 In Singapore, a chance meeting with Ender Jiang, the founder of Hiverlab, resulted in the opportunity to make my first 360 film. Ender provided me with technical support and creative freedom and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. The resulting film, Beach Road, featured a soundtrack by Bani Haykal and Chen Yi Qi, and was selected as a demo VR film in the Hybrid Arcade session of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival in November 2015, and was nominated as the Best Experimental VR Film in the VR Fest Las Vegas 2016. It was also fetured in a VR film festival at the Singapore national Museum. Beach Road was receiving a healthy number of views and comments before a technical change in Google Play took it off. At the time of this writing, Beach Road is on Veer and has received almost 5000 views.
2016 The year began with discussing a VR startup idea with VCs in Singapore. Though the discussions went well, the lack of a prototype slowed things down. Shortly after, the release of ARCore and ARKit resulted in a halt to VR the possibilities of AR were assessed.
By April, AR had become the focus and the decision was made to become the "Pixar of AR": original characters, stories and software. With Sayuri Okayama, Bubiko Foodtour was originated.
2018 A presentation about AR was given at Sasin School of Business in Bangkok, later followed by two presentations and two workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, all at 80% capacity or higher.
2018Lotus Mountain, a 360 film was shot and post production began including VR art contributions from Scobot and a soundtrack by Rei Shimizu. The film is at least 80% done and finishing funds are now being searched for. Lotus Mountain was supported by Kando, and 8K Obsidians were used for most of the shooting. Noted Chinese VR filmmaker Leo Wei co-directed and produced.
Bubiko at the Rise festival in HK
Hong Kong Comicon
2018 Cross-promotional and development partnership with Six Cats Studios (HK), focusing on their original IPs, Ollie and Charlie.
2018 Presentations in Shenzhen, including Le Wagon and Tech Crunch Shenzhen.
A slightly futuristic, highly realistic series of posts…
Arbicle- a piece of bicycling equipment utilizing AR, augmented reality. I created the word above. In this post, a number of possible ideas and technologies are mentioned. Some may already be in use. However, now, there are no pieces of equipment designed specifically for the uses I mention.So, I have created the word “arbicle”, a combination of AR and bicycle. A small word and easy to "handle", it resembles the word ‘article’: arbicle.
What I am imagining are devices (arbicles) built specifically for the purpose of displaying or generating digital information related to bicycling. (This series of posts focuses upon racing.)
Note: I am not a medical specialist of any sort, and the following are not to be taken as anything more than theoretical exercises.
AR for the win #1: Fatigue Hawks
In this theoretical situation, we assume the following:
There are extensive performance, muscle fiber and blood analysis records for all racers. Data related to performance on similar roads and inclines is especially valuable.
Blood, saliva, and possibly urine tests can be quickly and periodically be conducted on racers for such things as: myoglobin levels, lactate clearance rate and other biochemical markers related to fatigue.
The above information can be combined with live feeds of: the peloton, wind and weather information, road gradient information.
Two way communication exists between the fatigue hawk and team members.
The fatigue hawk analyzes all of the data that is presented. Customized algorithms are used.
Communicating with voice, symbols and messages, the fatigue hawk offers suggestions on how to maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses of the team itself. Equally important, the fatigue hawk identifies opportunities, and weaknesses of opposing teams.
Data may reveal the leading team's difficulty with hills for example. By monitoring his/her own team's performance, the wind conditions and the gradient of an upcoming hill, the fatigue hawk can strategize and communicate so that advancement upon the leader can be made.
There are many uncontrollable factors in the Tour de France, but a strong collection of live data is information; and information is power. In the case of the Tour de France, the power is that of an athlete who cannot afford to waste a single kilojoule.
Studying the 1989 Tour de France, much can be learned about efficiency and power; the difference between first place and second was eight seconds.
The rider's arbicles would include a GPS tracking device and a visor capable of displaying the fatigue hawk's symbols and messages. Rearview and frontview cameras are also possibilities.
The fatigue hawk would need an arbicle capable of processing all incoming live data, storing records and communicating audio/visual data to the team members, individually and as a whole.
I am a writer, researcher, AR producer and artist. No one is sponsoring this; I am now preparing a book on AR and Bicycle Safety. My other books are here.