Category Archives: Bubiko Foodtour

Carrot Cake!

Bubiko visits Paddington

At Paddington Station, in the store filled with all that is Paddington.
The famous statue. "Please look after this Bear. Thank you."
The world famous bear meets the world famous chef. Lobby of the Paddington Hilton, London.
Bubiko, in awe.

VIEW 2019 part 4

The Hugo Guerra of Hugo's Desk. Hugo is an extremely good compositor and teacher.

From my TV and gamemaking days, I have some familiarity with compositing. Although it is almost certain that I will never become a compositor, I sat in on Hugo's seminar. I think I retained about .001% of the technical information that Hugo shared, but observing his workflow and troubleshooting tips was inspiring.

The Addams Family: Reintroducing a Classic: the presenters, co-director Conrad Vernon and Producer Alexa Schwartz, spoke about the challenges in creating a new version of The Addams Family. Although the story is contemporary, the two looked at the original drawings of Charles Addams. His drawings, featured in The New Yorker magazine, were the basis of the original TV show.

Conrad and Alexa presented like the professionals that they are. They completed each other's sentences. They kept the topics moving. Perhaps they rehearsed and planned for a long time, or maybe they just improvised so informatively because they knew their subject so well. They showed clips and explained the stories behind them. If there is an Addams Family Hall of Fame, Conrad and Alexa should be in it.

Animated movies have their own unique characteristics, but they also act as "containers" for other art forms, music being the most obvious example, drawing being another. However, successful animated characters are the result of combining drawing, sculpture, programming and... dreaming. Animated characters are often realistic, but they can ignore the laws of physics. Dreams and animation need no logic.

Having said that, the more a VFX operator/CG artist/animator studies reality, the better. Noticing the almost imperceptible muscles movements of the human body results in all kinds of possibilities, especially when one must make a character react to something unexpected. The following clip was shown by Theodore Tye, as part of his excellent presentation entitled Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation:

This masterclass, through the analysis of clips from animated and live- action films as well as acting theory, takes a fun, in-depth look at the study and execution of both comedy and dramatic acting for animation.

Following is one of the clips shown to exemplify a reaction worth studying.

VIEW took place in OGR Turino, an arts center in what was once a train station.
Glen McIntosh is a paleo-artist, and the supervising artist for Jurassic World.Glen's first film was Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. It was a pleasure to watch him work and share his stories.
Turin is a delight!
Bubiko photobombing animation bigwigs.
Hal Hickel, a legend at Industrial Light and Magic.Winner of both an Academy Award and BAFTA. He has worked on Star Wars, Jurassic Park, AI, Pirates of the Caribbean, Toy Story and The California Raisins!
Closing party. The London Siggraph people put copies of interesting black and white images on the tables, making Offtopic a bit like their Drink and Draw nights in London.

I have just settled down after travelling for over two months. I am still processing all that I learned and experienced at VIEW and an other post is on its way.

Bubiko meets Tranzient 1.0

I met Jim Simons, the force behind Tranzient, at the November 2019 edition of the London Augmenting Reality Meetup. He did a live demo of the Tranzient VR/music making app. The app not only performed beautifully, Jim composed some great little beats; on the spot of course.

The Tranzient app allows musicians to collaborate in VR, in real time. Tranzient is impressive on many levels. I wondered if Jim would be consider adding Bubiko to his "band".

Jim was open to the idea!

What you see above is less than an hour's work. Now that we know Bubiko is functional within Tranzient, we can literally play around.

Tranzient is highly recommended https://www.aliveintech.com/ . I just met Jim, but he is genuinely enthusiastic about making music in VR. If you are a musician and working in VR, you should definitely move on Tranzient. Jim is a bit mysterious about his musical past, but I am sure he was involved with some great projects. He sure makes Bubiko look good!

This version on Bubiko was made by Novaby, art directed by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama.

VIEW 2019 part 1

I wanted to meet Skarred Ghost.

Tony, Antony Vitillo, is the AR/VR consultant who runs Skarred Ghost, one of the top blogs for VR and AR. I met Tony online in 2016, and we have shared our problems and joys since then. I was invited to speak in Munich and Paris, and hoped that somehow I could finally meet Tony in person, in Europe.

However, Tony was going to be in China until he returned to Italy, to give a presentation at VIEW, in Torino, Italy. I had never heard of VIEW. When I saw it, I immediately wanted to go. But my trip was on a budget far below “low budget”. Perhaps I could volunteer, like I would do at AWE, in Munich. Tony said he would ask the organizers, and that was how we left it.

 I arrived in Turin on the morning of Sunday, October  21. I’d taken an overnight bus from Munich; the city felt both friendly and alien. Two officers in a polizia car asked me if  I knew where I was going. 

“Corso Marconi...”

Though the officers described the bus and train options very well, I didn’t pay too much attention. Bubiko and I were going to walk.

An hour after leaving the bus, this tranquil scene of the River Po.
Man Ray, Man Ray. Will have to dig up my Man Ray story. No, I never met him, but did meet Julia, his wife, twice.

And, walk we did.

The address turned out to be the administrative office for VIEW, not the venue. I was relieved when someone answered the intercom; and happy when Ricardo, a handsome young man walked out. He attentively listened to my volunteering idea and seemed genuinely interested in my Bubiko demo. Like the polizie, Ricardo gave me directions on how to the venue, a place called OGR, which seemed to be near where the bus from Munich had dropped me off. I thanked Ricardo, slung my bag over my shoulder, and began rolling my little suitcase down the road.

 A blonde young woman called out to me! She was the driver for OGR, and she was going to the venue. As she drove me to OGR, we talked. She lived outside of Turin, and told me how beautiful the golds and reds of Autumn were beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Alps.

Bamboo! Eco Hostel!
Just down the street from the VIEW administrative office.
Mustafa, whose nice little restaurant is very near to Bamboo Eco Hostel.
Bubiko with a group of very , very talented professional animators!

 We arrived at OGR, once a train station, now an art center.

I didn’t know what would happen inside, but I pretended that I did.

(to be continued)

Turino, 5AM...

PARIS/London AR Meetup @ Microsoft Reactor

This post provides notes on the above Powerpoint. The actual presentation elaborated on the points much more than I do here. Please feel free to ask questions. Also, as always I recommend joining the Open Augmented Reality Cloud. They are working to create open, interoperable standards to encourage the growth, use and understanding of AR.

And yes, another resource is Bubiko Foodtour's Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality, which is reviewed here.

  1. The following presentation uses references from the State of the AR Cloud Report published May 28, 2019 by the Open AR Cloud. All rights reserved. http://stateofthearcloud.com/ With the exception of Novaby, the 3D model making company, I have no relationships with any companies mentioned in this presentation. This research has been self-funded.

2. Stephen Black PARIS + London AR Meetup

  • SB introduction
  • Bubiko Foodtour introduction
  • Geopose

3. Nissan video/ question of geopose https://mashable.com/article/nissan-ar-virtual-reality- windshield-display/

The above link exemplifies a lot of the ideas about the future of AR in general, as well as about the potential applications of AR and AV, Autonomous Vehicles.The entire article is good, but the embedded video is excellent.

4. GEOPOSE

The photos were done as a spur of the moment test. I have done another version, featuring a 1947 Rolls Royce!

The point to be made here is that the model, Bubiko , was placed on the road ahead of the vehicle.the car, then "drove through" Bubiko, and she remained on the road behind us.

This gives us something to think about in terms of creating permanent AR experiences using geoposts.

5. Microsoft Azure Website

An example of how one company illustrates their version of the entirety of AR.

6. from a SlideShare presentation by Sergii Kozyrev

Another illustration of how the entire AR world will look like, this time based on Android.

7. OARC From State of the AR Cloud Report 2019

I cannot recommend the work of the OARC highly enough. Visit their site for the download of the first OARC Symposium Report.

8.  www.blacksteps.tv At least three posts about 'geopose'

Yes, on this blog, I presently have a few posts about 'geopose'.

9. From correspondence with Jan-Erik Vinje, Managing Director of Open Augmented Reality Cloud:

If we are successful in creating such a standard we will in effect have created the equivalent of the URL for real world spatial computing. Allowing the geopose of both real and virtual objects to be universally captured, stored, shared and understood.

This comment by Jan-Erik, and those that follow, are self-explanatory. However, one week ago, at the second OARC Symposium, the definition of 'geopost' was greatly discussed. In fact, the goal of the OARC for the next year is to fcus upon creating a final definition of 'geopost', and to work towards a working model.

10. ○ I liken it to URL because it can be seen as links between the physical world with the digital world. ○ URL links information to more information. Geopose links the world to digital information and digital information to the world.

11. ● It can even be used to create a "persistent portal" between a physical space and a virtual space. Where people from across the world who are experiencing a virtual space can go through such a portal to experience a real space (by streaming realtime reality capture data to all those in the virtual reality space).

12. ● At the same time people in the real world can walk into the virtual reality space or see virtual objects, scenes and avatars of virtual reality users projected into their physical space using AR.

13. Geopost is to AR as URL is to the internet.

14. To create a GEOPOSE 1.Physical space owner 2. AR data/ SLAM spatial location and mapping 3. AR Cloud space 4. End user(s)

This slide features a photo of the Fox Theatre in Detroit. The front of the theatre is copyrighted. Anyway planning to use the front of the Fox would need to obtain permission to do so.

This situation would be true for many buildings, copyrighted or not.

15. How to find the location? (the need for interoperability): Google maps Mapillary Military maps LADOT ebike monitoring maps(eg) Satellite-based maps monitoring floods, snow, ice, fire, crowds etc. City/State/Federal maps Company owned routing maps Bus routes Ride sharing maps Superworld Emergency routes Bike lanes Construction Traffic signals

The companies and organizations listed above would all benefit from an open AR Cloud. A comparison is sometimes made, comparing the present state of the AR Cloud with the early nonstandardized gauges of railroad tracks. Once the railroad tracks became standardized, society benefited.

Once there are interoperable standards for the AR Cloud, groups like those listed above will benefit, as will education, medicine, science and, all of society/

16. https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/08/jeff-koons-augmented-reality-snapchat-artwork-gets-vandalized Jeff Koons/Snapchat

This article shows an instance in which a geopost by Instagram was used by an artist to promote discussion about AR artin public spaces.

17. Geopose and GPS AR sculpture now being planned with Vincent Trastour/Flamingo Filters and others.

Stay tuned!

18. Bubiko and SB are always open to cross-promotions, collaborations, and exchanges!

Art, business or fun, get in touch!

19. Stephen Black LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter Bubiko Foodtour Instagram, Facebook, twitter bubikoworldtour@gmail.com

20. Thank You

(An Easter egg! If you keep clicking you will see my presentation abut AR and Autonomous vehicles.)

BLAM ! Bubiko Foodtour on the road!

UPDATED: http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-greatest-ar-tour-in-history/

Bubiko's schedule has been changing very rapidly in the past few days. Here is the latest:

Austin Startup Week: September 22-25 attendee

London: presentations date to be determined

Berlin: presentations date to be determined

Munich: presentation at Open Augmented Reality Cloud Symposium Oct 16

Munich: attending AWE October 17/18

Turin attending View October 21-24

Paris: presenting at PARIS October 25

2020

MIT Attending ARIA, where I presented this year

SXSW2020 Attending, Sayuri Okayama and I are possible presenting:  SB Proposal SO Proposal 

Shenzhen, China: March presenting at Trouble Maker      my article about Shenzhen

Singapore: Biennale November 22, 2019, through March 22, 2020

Shenzhen: March 28/29 attending AWE China

Tokyo: April Tama Art University

Ashiya, Japan: April date to be determined

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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.

Bubiko, in Detroit, thinking about her pierogi : steamed or fried?

Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and marching along the path of Spoken Word.

Ar entrepreneur Stephen Black interview
Kevin Turley, from Mount Bonnell Media, interviewing Stephen Black at SXSW2019. The video is here.

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:

  1. 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.
Image from game demo by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey.
Bubiko's book is available on Amazon.

2. Consultations regarding AR, or projects needing a producer.

3. Meeting with galleries regarding an AR exhibition. Stephen Black curated SPOKEN with pioneering AR artist Eugene Soh.

www.gallery.sg

4. Meetups/ presentations about AR and its relationship with bicycles, Autonomous Vehicles, traffic and more. This presentation has been updated:

Autonomous Vehcles and Augmented Reality from stephen black

5. Readings: topics include Bali, Obama, Furikake, Singapore, Art and more. Fact-based poetic fiction...

a guitarist and a reader onstage
Stephen Black reads from Bali Wave Ghost, accompanied by Rizal Abdulhadi

6. Would be happy to chat with publishers about writing projects, cross-promotion, printing and distribution.

7. Publicity: any contacts with podcasters, bloggers ,newspapers, magazines etc. greatly appreciated.

Augmented Reality in Asia
article about Stephen Black, Sayuri Okayama and Bubiko Foodtour in Ipoh, Malaysia.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

Bubiko Foodtour’s Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality

This blog post is a sample of the guide, which is available on Amazon.

the cover

INTRODUCTION

Hi.

Welcome to R3.

This is a response to an urgent need to share information.

 Influences: a. “make it fast, not perfect” 

                    b. wabi-sabi

                    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 name or product included in this document.

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:

Photo by Stephen Black from Bubiko’s Unusual Guide to AR

Text by Stephen Black from  Bubiko’s Unusual Guide to AR

Have a nice day.

onwARd,

Stephen Black

9/3/2019 4th edition

A

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.

AR Cinema  Soon! http://www.blacksteps.tv/towards-an-understanding-of-ar-cinema-possibilities/

Arbicle  Any piece of bicycle equipment with AR capability.

A list of articles and links about AR, arbicles and bicycles: http://www.blacksteps.tv/arbike/

ARCore  The platform used to make apps for Android mobile devices. Released in 2018.

ARKit  Apple released ARKit in 2017; it is the platform used to make apps for iOS mobile devices.

[AR]T https://news.artnet.com/opinion/apple-augmented-reality-art-1624540

Augmented Driving  AR will increase the amount of information available to drivers, thus increasing driving skills and traffic safety, especially when combined with AI.

www.thedrive.com/tech/9548/the-biggest-opportunity-everyone-is-missing-in-self-driving-cars

https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/100430

What 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.

Augmented Reality  To ‘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

   Digital 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.

   A mobile phone, tablet, HMD (head mounted device) or eyewear is needed  to see/hear/feel the digital content.

   AR will change everything, even more than radio, television, computers and mobile phones.

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.

Augmented World Expo (AWE)  Over ten years old and still visionary. Recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX-geVGmOvY

B

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 billboarded.

Babble Rabbit The AR masterpiece of 2019.

Occlusion, light estimation, voice commands and more:

Patched Reality and 6d allow you to learn three years worth of ARness, and see the future: 

                                                                            https://patchedreality.com/                    https://www.6d.ai/

Bubiko 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/

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

                                                                                                     

Bubiko debuted at the Tech in the Tenderloin event. http://www.blacksteps.tv/tech-in-the-tenderloin-2019-salvation-army-kroc-center-san-francisco/

C

Cannondale AR for bikes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F3jXZDNj38

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

Cloud see R3

Computer 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

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/

D

Depth sensing Recording scenes in 3D dimensions. See volumetric video

Debbie Ding An artist and a lecturer in Singapore. Some of Debbie’s students’ work can be seen here: http://www.blacksteps.tv/ar-hkpolyu-followup-2-students-work/

Dr. Ludo's Events on Hi-Techs4Humans: Workshops, Seminars, Lectures, etc. (Facebook)

E

Edge 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.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3224893/what-is-edge-computing-and-how-it-s-changing-the-network.html

End User The person who uses the app or device. Always important, but especially when the product is meant for a specific demographic, like the elderly.

Eye Tracking The measurement of eye motion and activity.

Eugene Soh The Dude. Probably the first in Asia (who isn’t a Facebook employee) to create an Instagram Filter. https://www.dude.sg/    www.gallery.sg  

F

Facebook Spark vs. Facebook Camera http://www.blacksteps.tv/bubiko-foodtour-test-facebook-spark-vs-facebook-camera/ = �U0���

Thank you for your interest. The rest of the definitions are available at Amazon, in the guide itself.

Bubiko and the Pierogi

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

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.

Augmented Reality in Asia
Ipoh, Malaysia and an article in the Malay Mail
paper doll grey boxing for AR
A baby picture.

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.

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

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?

Image made with Facebook Camera. Here Bubiko is promoting the event. Because this was made with FB Camera, Bubiko cannot be moved; once Dana set her position, she could not be moved.

Food close-up with Bubiko branding. Bubiko is our flagship, our beta tester. For now we have only one pose, but other poses and animated movements are in the works. Ultimately we aim to be the Pixar of AR; original characters, stories and software.
As seen on an iPhone 6 in Japan.
Scaling and size can be variable. This image was created with Spark AR which, unlike Facebook Camera, allows for different positioning and size of the model. Here Bubiko poses with the Licorice Guy and the Licorice Gal, one of the few non-pierogi vendors at the Pierogi Festival in Whiting.
To see more experiments in AR size, click here.
A small version of Bubiko with some of her favorite buscias at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting. Click here to learn about the buscias and other characters at the Pierogi Fest.
Bubiko is part Hello Kitty, part Anthony Bourdain. During our time in SE Asia, we did extensive research on local foods, as evidenced by Bubiko's Instagram account. Bubiko also did a photo book on the food of Ipoh, Malaysia and is planning one on Shenzhen, China.
Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen. I Ate Tiong Bahru is my bestseller about the food and culture of Tiong Bahru, a community in Singapore.
As the population of "digital people", like Mike, continues to grow, some will become waiters, waitresses. maitre des and somelliers.

SXSW!

At present the following are only proposals. Of course we hope they happen. Please vote!

AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD: THE FUTURE OF DINING

This one is by my partner, Sayuri Okayama: AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD

This is my proposal, featuring Bubiko: XR: BIKE SAFETY, MUSIC AND BUBIKO FOODTOUR

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Bubiko stopped by the Mascot Hall of Fame to meet Reggy and his furtastic friends! She also made time to sample pierogis at the Pierogi Festival!