Category Archives: Art

The topics reflect years spent in Asia: mainly Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as New York and Paris. Daulism starts here.

Bubiko: one afternoon in Toledo

San Francisco, Rose City MI, and soon the Pierogi Festival... Bubiko is on the go! In these photos, she hung out with some models at Rustbelt Coffee and then walked around downtown.

One of the hundreds of castles that comprise the Toledo cityscape.
Discussing nutrition at Rustbelt Coffee.
Stephen Black stopped by to take this photo.
Somebody was asked to stop dancing on tables...
Bubiko, contemplating a Rust Monkey Smoothie.
We'll always have pears.
Wow. Kenny at Jumpstart shared a lot of information on angel investors... so much to think about.
Believe it or not, someone was wearing this shirt!
The most famous mural in Toledo, right next to Jack Wilson's sculpture studio. Just down the street from Seed Coworking space.

More scenes of Toledo.

Bubiko was made by Novaby, based on ideas by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama.

Bubiko in Lawnspace screen test

Bubiko: what is a stage?

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
This is Bubiko Foodtour, still with the balloons and banner she used for her debut in San Francisco, at Tech in the Tenderloin’s 2019 TNT Tech Fest,  Bubiko is a work in progress, this is not her final version.
Bubiko is a 3D model made by Novaby, based on ideas by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama.
These images are a screen test of sorts, a way of documenting the possibilities and challenges of AR cinematography.
AR cinematography is one of my AR goals, especially making content for autonomous vehicles.
In these images. Bubiko was positioned near the white log. Only the camera (an iPad) moved. The software used was Spark. It was stable, except when used at long distances, in which case Bubiko appeared some distance away from the post.
The camera automatically controlled exposure. The light was even, the time being late afternoon/early twilight.
Occlusion was not important in this test, but I would love to use a software like 6D for testing.
Again, Bubiko did not move, but her size was changed in camera. AR cinema reminds me of machinima. There is another test of Bubiko HERE.
The format of the screen size is both an opportunity and a challenge.
Bubiko Foodtour models for some AR camera tests.
Interesting that the same model can have the size of a mouse, or a giant, or anything in between. Size in AR was the topic of this blog post. Thanks again to Fabian Winkler.
Bubiko is actually closer to the stump than this image suggests.
Sparks had some difficulty as moved away from Bubiko's position. for this experiment it was simply an interesting development. If this were actually part of an movie shoot, I would reposition her, or do testing. It should be noted that wifi was not needed to create these images.

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independent publisher's logo

A logo designed by Stephen Black for Book Merah and other projects.

Bubiko Foodtour’s debut at Tech in the Tenderloin

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.

NEWS COVERAGE VIDEO HERE.

We will write more about Tech in the Tenderloin, for now, I just want to share these.

3D models of chefs
Bubiko Foodtour's debut in the Tech in the Tenderloin

Obviously, many of these were shot off of a video monitor. With an older iPad. In low light. And, later the glaring green will be replaced with an interesting background.

FOR NOW, THESE PICTURES ARE PERFECT.

Here's a link to Bubiko at SXSW

Detroit Startup Week 2019 (part 2)

part 1 is here

Another glimpse of Detroit Startup Week 2019. If you are in the photos, please add your name in the comments so I can credit you . Thanks

Keep me in a daydream, keep me goinstrong...

David Smith, host of the investment track

When Harry Met Bubi

On Friday, June 28th, Bubiko Foodtour will make her debut in 3D/AR, at the Tech in the Tenderloin Event in San Francisco.

My background in TV, AR, VR and more.

This is exciting to me for two reasons.

It will be my first time to work with young American people...

In Singapore, I taught with this software, over ten years ago.
Teaching gamemaking in Singapore (This was a project led by Kerr Sun, now a top property agent in SE Asia/China.)
At the 2018 Maker Faire at Hong Kong PolyU.
computer users having fun
With Suphakorn Traisrisin testing the HP Reveal AR software with Bubiko Foodtour. Chiang Rai, Thailand.

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.

Bubiko Foodtour, thinking about the future-and what to eat! (Photo courtesy UARexplorer)
Bubiko Foodtour
One of Bubiko's book projects. She has also created a book of photographs of Ipoh, Malaysia. Bubiko's Instagram.
Austin Chronicle, Bubiko Foodtour
In the beginning, we used a paper doll to visualize what Bubiko could be.

Augmented Reality in Asia
article about Stephen Black in the Malay Mail
ARIA, at MIT, January 2019. It was here that we met Julia Beabout, from Novaby, the company that specializes in 3D models.
Invited to pitch to VCs at TechCrunch Shenzhen. It went extremely well; as far as these things can go when one has only a paper doll and an idea.
"Bubiko! You are not completely dressed yet! We're still fixing your hat!"

More info on Stephen Black here, including his bestselling book, his VR movies and a Unity-based online gallery project.

#whenharrymetbubi is, of course a reference to this classic movie.

Sayuri Okayama, co-creator of Bubiko.

Hummingbirdsday
Green Bean Boy is one of Bubiko's best friends. This image is from a test by Dominique Wu, the founder of the amazing Hummingbirdsday Studios, builders of apps, websites, AR and more.
Anger management
...and nice.

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2019 (GOBA) 2 of 2

part one is here

The future of AR in the world of bicycling
A chart depicting the hypothetical uses of augmented reality in the world of bicycling
The map illustrates the routes followed by Chris Register as he interviewed people for his book called Conversations with US.
Wenda, and her stunning quilts made form Tshirts. wendacoburn.com

GOBA info is here.

Info about augmented reality and the world of bicycling is here.

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2019 (GOBA) 1 of 2

I recently connected with GOBA, and it was great. I attended the first day, hung around, met some nice people and learned a lot about bicycle safety. Important research for my book.

My presentation about augmented reality and the world of bicycling was on June 18th, 2019.

Information about the many uses of AR in the world of bicycling can be found here.

Information about GOBA

Part 2, click here: MORE GOBA

Comments welcome!

Blessed Sacrament Festival, Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Blessed Sacrament Festival, June 9, 2019. Plus a surprise or two.

Summer festival foods
boy playing with an orange traffic cone

Polka Kings: Does Polka Music Really Come from Poland?

menu of food served at Blessed Sacrament festival
Jack Black. Polka.
In the recent Netflix movie The Polka King, the popular Hollywood actor Jack Black stars as the Polish singer and band leader Jan Lewandowski, better known by his American stage name Jan Lewan. The film shows Lewan’s rise to local stardom in 1990s Pennsylvania, how he ran a Ponzi scheme fuelled with money from his, often elderly, Polish-American fans, and his subsequent five-year jail sentence.
Made in collaboration with Lewan himself (who continued his polka music career after leaving prison) and based on a 2009 documentary about him titled The Man Who Would Be Polka King, the film is well grounded in fact.
An interview for Newsweek has Jack Black saying:
When I saw the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King, from which this whole project sprang, it struck me like a bolt of lightning (…). This is an epic tale. On a very visceral level, I knew I had polka in my DNA. In fact, I am a quarter Polish.

POLISH SUMMER PICNIC! JUNE 14 and 15

New York Times article: DIVERSIONS; Ardent Polka Fans Take to the Road to Pursue Their Irrepressible Music

Blessed Sacrament Festival
Duane Malinowski with accordion, his son on drums.

A very pleasant time. Besides the people, food and music, there were the delights from the Earnest Brew Works!

More photos of Toledo here.

A very special thank you to Jackie Black.

Stephen Black’s AR/VR/spatial computing experiences

SB with Bubiko Foodtour

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.

Vance

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.

SPOKEN, a virtual gallery

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.

360 films
Stephen Black, in the film he co-produced with Hiverlab

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.

Sayuri Okayama with a prototype of Bubiko

2017 Ipoh: demonstrations of AR, including what is probably the world’s first photo exhibition in AR. The photos also appeared in an ebook by Bubiko Foodtour.

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

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.

Augmented Reality Stephen Black in Thailand
poster for Stephen Black's presentation about AR at Sasin School of Business
Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black
Stephen Black holding a Qoocam 360VR camera, as part of his presentation at the 2018 Maker Faire at HK PolyU.

2018 Lotus 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.

Chinese city landmarks
Shenzhen Civic Center at night, primary location for Lotus Mountain.
from Lotus Mountain

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.

AR in musical education
The Dundercats, by Six Cat Studios.

2018 Presentations in Shenzhen, including Le Wagon and Tech Crunch Shenzhen.

Hummingbirdsday
Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu.

2018 In a partnership with Hummingbirdsday Studios, Bubiko appears in an AR game demo with Green Bean Boy.

2019 Presentation at ARIA, MIT, resulting in, among others, working relationship with Novaby and UARexperience

2019 Toledo, Ohio. Presentations, including coffee shops, libraries and a collaboration with sculptor Jack Wilson for the Old West End Festival.

2019 SXSW during the 10 day event attended seminars and developed personal connections with AR and VR practitioners.

W
With WWE championship belt

2019 AR presentation as part of GOBA-the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Premier of the AR and Bicycle Safety ebook.

bicycle safety
Bubiko Foodtour looks up while thinking about what to order

2019 As part of  Novaby’s presentation in the Tech in the Tenderloin Festival, the 3D version Bubiko will be making her public debut. The Black Hawk Jazz Club AR project by Novaby will also be presented-not to be missed!

We are now looking for funding for the Bubiko app... Stay tuned!