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What is Augmented Reality?

The following video is a rehearsal. The starting point is a presentation I did in Detroit in July 2019. That presentation was about Autonomous Vehicles and Augmented Reality. Eventually I will have about eight videos based on that Detroit presentation. You can find the Powerpoint for that here.

It will be obvious that I am not the smoothest person to ever be on a stage. I am a photographer, a cinematographer, an artist and a writer. I am used to having time to think about what I am expressing. As I will soon be making presentations in Europe, I am trying to get through the learning curve of being onstage, asap.

In this presentation, I often refer to the Open Augmented Reality Cloud. If you are serious about AR, you must learn about their work, and download the free State of the Augmented Reality Cloud Report which is available on their website. (I am honored and humbled to say that I will be speaking about Bubiko at the OARC Symposium in Munich on October 16!)

The ARShow produced this informative podcast with Jan-Erik Vinje, Christine Perey, Jason Fox and Colin Steinman, the key cotributors to the OARC

Thank you for any suggestions. And your patience!

Oh yes... Bubiko's Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality is now available on Amazon.

Yes, the lighting is not great. This is a rehearsal, albeit an informative one.

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.

ARPHABET TOUR

Hello from Austin! For professional and personal reasons, the ARphabet Tour has been postponed. Once the Bubiko Foodtour app is out, we will focus on how to get the ARphabet Tour in motion.

Hi! There will soon be an Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour.A

The ARphabet Tour is a 100 day tour of the U.S. and Canada by Stephen Black. The ARphabet Tour has three components: AR, Readings and Writing Workshops (based on SB's books) and the Mango Sticky Rice Experience.

The ARphabet Tour starts with a presentation at ARIA @MIT.

Update: Kabaq will be provide the tour with AR Mango Sticky Rice!

What is the ARphabet Tour About?

Support/ Join the ARphabet Tour......................sign up on Indiegogo.

Why is this happening so fast? 

The Augmented Reality aspect is explained here.

The Readings and Workshops aspect is explained here.

The Mango Sticky Rice Experience is explained here.

Eight reasons to SPONSOR the ARphabet Tour

The ARphabet Tour in your town: how to schedule it.

AR Characters: Bubiko Foodtour

AR Characters: Secret Donut WorldA

ARCharacters: The Dundercats

AR Characters: The Doughbots

AR Characters: Green Bean Boy

Friends of the ARphabet Tour

ARphabet Tour

Stephen Black

the ARphabet tour

Indiegogo Prelaunch  page.

With the three topics of AR, Books and Mango Sticky Rice, The ARphabet tour starts at ARIA at MIT, January 14 and 15, 2019.  AR-themed presentations are one part of the tour, the second involves readings and writing workshops.There is also a component called The Mango Sticky Rice Experience.http://www.blacksteps.tv/the-mango-sticky-rice-experience-part-of-the-arphabet-tour/

The ARphabet Tour is fun, serious and now taking bookings for the United States and Canada. After stops at SXSW in Austin, Texas and the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco, The ARphabet Tour will wind down around the first of April.


Newest version of the flyer.

Although I am planning an AR startup, the talk is about AR trends and developments. I am not using this tour as a way to directly seek investors or partners. I am interested in promoting AR as a whole.

Here is an example, from my workshops last summer, at HK  PolyU.

AR: 2018 State of the Art Workshop @ Hong Kong PolyU

AR Presentations

Presentation will be focused  to provide maximum relevant information to any of the following groups. No AR knowledge or experience necessary. Consultations should be scheduled separately.

  • General
  • Children
  • Grade School Students
  • High School Students
  • University Students
  • Advertising/Media
  • Food Industry
  • Medical
  • Artists, including Dancers and Sculptors
  • Filmmakers
  • Writers and Poets 
  • Investors

Unless requested otherwise, the presentations are not overly technical and consist of personal experiences and observations about the past, present and future of AR.

Introducing  Bubiko Foodtour, an AR character

Readings and Workshops

Son of a book salesman, author of fiction and non fiction, writer for TV, websites and magazines, Stephen is well experienced with the art of writing. One of his books, I  Ate Tiong Bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore. The readings provide a behind-the scenes look at Stephen's writing techniques, inspirations ad challenges. Stephen's books and related videos and reviews can be found here.

Workshops, as much as possible, focus on ideas and text provided by students. After explaining his own writing process, write and share their own texts and ideas, which are evaluated individually and with the class as a whole. Workshops can be modified for any age group or level of writing experience. I have taught English in Japan,as well as creative writing/poetry performance  in Singapore. I also studied in an invite-only class with Robert McKee, the legendary teacher and author of Story, the definitive guide to screenwriting.

Publishing Magnates
Stephen Black , Book Merah CEO/author , with Stuart Rankin, Chairman of The Dundercats Multimedia Group.
360 films
Stephen Black in Beach Road, the 360VR film he co-produced with Hiverlab. The film has been featured in festivals in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Singapore.

Mango Sticky Rice. Yes, we will also be doing presentations and workshops on mango sticky rice. Why? Because mango sticky rice is Bubiko Foodtour's favorite food. We researched it extensively during our tour of Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.

About Stephen Black

After graduating with a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Stephen Black experienced the growth of digital media from these viewpoints: as a photographer, as a video artist in New York's  Lower East Side and Japan; as a producer/writer/director for Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies in Hong Kong, and as a self-publisher of ebooks, books and photography books.

He was first drawn to the possibilities of spatial computing/AR/VR as the creative director for a $3.2 million game-making startup in Singapore. In 2007 he committed himself to writing books, while anticipating the arrival of AR and VR. And here we are...

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black
A Chinese newspaper review of i ate tiong bahru. iatb is available as an audio book and a softcover, on Amazon. The first edition of the printed version is sold out.

Lotus Mountain

Latest info about Lotus Mountain here.

Based on Leng Mo, a story from Alphabet Spikes by bestselling author Stephen Black.

LOTUS MOUNTAIN

a Weiblack Machine Production

A 360VR FILM

NOW IN PRODUCTION/POSTPRODUCTION

SET IN HONG KONG & CHINA’S SILICON VALLEY

REUNITED, FIVE YEARS AFTER HE BROKE HER HEART.

SHE’S A ROBOT. HE’S THE MAN WHO MADE HER.

Directed by LEO WEI and STEPHEN BLACK (Shenzhen Satellite TV, Beach Road, CNN, Fox, Cartoon Network, game development)

Featuring ALPS BETHNECK

Lead Actor: Changi Murals (director: Boo Jun Feng; his Apprentice film premiered@Cannes 2016)

Beach Road (VR festivals: Singapore, Brisbane & Las Vegas)

Original soundtrack by REI SHIMIZU

Japanese Bassist/Composer for CM/movies(toured HK with Sadato)

with Music by

3how

Since You’ve been Gone

The Riverwalk Session Album (featuring Amith Narayan(compoer/producer + music for a Tony-nominated play) and award winning vocalist Wilson Goh.)

Audio 360 sound mixing by Giovanni Lion

VR Art by SCOBOT (World One: Seattle International Film Festival 2018 Official Selection)

Producers: Leo Wei and Stephen Black

blacksteps.tv@gmail.com

www.blacksteps.tv

August 4, 2018 Hong Kong: From Blockchain to Noodles with Gluten and Black Fungus

Notes on today for Alphabet Spikes, my book-in-progress-as-experiment-on Amazon.

These images are from Dustin Stupp's quietly stimulating On Brink artwork, now on display at the Innovation Tower at HK PolyU. Very thought-provoking, Dustin's piece is a trustworthy way to begin an understanding of Blockchain. First at lunch, and then at the artwork itself, we discussed blockchain. To be most accurate, I asked a few questions and listened a lot. I recorded our conversation and took notes. Block chain is not something that can be written about quickly.Later, I will have at least one dedicated post about my time spent with Dustin and his piece.if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section.(BTW, Dustin is open to exhibiting On Brink elsewhere; please get in touch if you have any ideas. The piece is meant to be experienced in real time; those piles of dirt are visualizations of block frequency and size.)

invisible gold

eating electricity

the size of countries

My mother saw the real thing today.

Just outside of Hong Kong PolyU.

Point A to point B, concluding at one of Bubiko's favorite places in the area.

If you like this, here is another day.

July 21, 2018

6:30 AM Woke up in a black and white photograph of Chung King Mansions.

10:07AM Brilliant photo of a not so brilliant breakfast.

10:45 AM Passing out flyers. This. is. DIY.

Made in 10 minutes, yesterday afternoon, barely in time to get it to the printers. It has a charm I would not like to repeat.(Two days later.. I was scolded! Hurray!)

Ponti discussion

Sharlene Teo and Chip Tsao discussing Ponti.

Sharlene Teo. Her talk was great. She talked about Singapore, read from her book. Story, sentence structure, insight, viewpoints and an agenda that is more lightbulb than bulldozer. Her book features a fictitious movie series about a Malay monster; a beautiful female who traps and mutilates men. I have yet to read it, but Ian McEwan calls it 'remarkable'. (Mental note to self: dig up the notes on Singapore-based artworks and texts that involve fictitious persons, books or organizations. Shubigi Rao, Michael Lee, Gilles Massot, Robert Zhou, Isabel Desjeux)

An interview with Sharlene in the Guardian.

3:18PM Tacos at Confusion./caption] [caption id="attachment_43092" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The shape of Delta Blues Audio in my old neighborhood

4:11 PMQ , balcony of Brinc

4:36 PM Not far from Hollywood Road

8:11 Shortly after a lecture on the English Class System, by M.A. Bennett.

9:20PM Dinner at Mr. Fresh Soup

All of the above were in orbit around the Book Merah ebook giveaway/discount, held during the Hong Kong Book Fair.

Bubiko!

Bubiko is growing daily, moving from 2D to 3D to AR, always looking for interesting food. Bubiko's adventures so far:

2D Bubiko in AR test.

World's first AR Photographic Exhibition, about Ipoh, Malaysia.

Bubiko's eBook, on Amazon: IPOH: 88 iPhone Photographs by Bubiko Foodtour

Bubiko Foodtour prototype

October 15, 2017. Bubiko with Stephen Black and the King and Queen of Ipoh Eggtarts

colored pinwheel and paper doll

Paper tests like these are very helpful for creating the final Bubiko Foodtour AR experience

Bubiko's Instagram

Facebook

twitter: @bubikofoodtour

symphony

THE LATEST INFO AND BROADCASTS ARE HERE: https://www.facebook.com/baliwaveghost/

Records from the first twelve hours are here.

Stephen Black: The Symphony Suite Session

The 60 hour Facebook Live event will be a freeform mix of AR, food, Ipoh culture,videos and readings from books. It begins at 3PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Malaysia time) and ends 60 hours later. Live and recorded broadcasts will appear throughout.

Specific broadcasts will be about the world's first AR photograph exhibition, entitled IPOH 38 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour. In keeping with the symphony theme, the Dundercats and their musical adventures will be highlighted. (Did someone say Mozart's Birthday?)

Throughout the broadcast, the ebook of Bubiko Foodtour's Ipoh photographs will be given away, especially on the 16th and 17th, when it is available directly from Amazon.

Support: Symphony Suites Hotel, The Jewellery Design Management International School , the Emily2u blog, the Dundercats, Thanas Digital Photo and Bridal Studio, and Liew Sunchin

POSTS FROM THE FIRST TWELVE HOURS

Urnovl/121 words: a brief essay about a great big little idea

The concept of Urnovl/121.com is exciting, but it isn’t new. Their ‘texts with a word count of 121 ’ approach is a bigger, prose version of the “17 syllable rule” of haiku writing. Brian Williams once ran Littlerature, which featured stories 1064 words long. I had a few stories on Littlerature, including one about 3how, which is included in red dot SAD. So, the fixed short form is an old friend of mine. I am sure there were, and are, other flash fiction sites based on a specific word count.

The Urnovl/121 website is exciting because it is state of the art literature. Potentially at least: as with any uncurated, free platform, there will be “interesting” submissions. Two Shades of Gray proved that “interesting” stories can have interesting results. “State of the art”, in this case, means mobile-friendly, social media-friendly, attractive design and visuals. One or two things could be tweaked, but the site is still in beta. Two upgrades are planned before September.

So far, I’ve posted three pieces. The word count of 121 is a bit low for my liking, but that’s what makes it interesting. The texts have more depth than tweets, yet can be appreciated immediately; no need for links nor downloading, like ebooks. Readers, and those working in publishing, can quickly decide if a writer is worth learning more about. FWIW: This post has 242 words, the equivalent of two posts on the Urnovl/121 site.