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.
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
No person or company has paid me to have their
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I am now notifying the companies and individuals
mentioned. If your work is here, and I have not yet contacted you, I apologize.
If you prefer that I do not share your work, let me know and I will remove it immediately.
No one has received a promotional copy. If you
have bought this, and we meet, I will buy you a beverage. Or two. If you bought
this and it seems unlikely that we will meet, I will send you my other ebooks
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.)
If you use photos or text from this document,
please credit accordingly:
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!
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.
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
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.