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The educational side of Bubiko Foodtour

From the start, Bubiko Foodtour was meant to be a cross between Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, with a dash of Charlie Chaplin.

Bubiko is a little chef from northeastern Thailand, just outside of Udon Thani. There, growing up, she learned how to make Issan-style food. However, she is also familiar with Lanna cuisine and other regional cooking styles of Thailand. Her favorite dessert is mango sticky rice. (Visit Bubiko's Instagram account to see the many locations where she sampled mango sticky rice.)

An early version of Bubiko, before she became 3D.

Bubiko has researched the food cultures of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and Shenzhen, China. She has also spent time researching in Ventiane, Yangoon, Jakarta, Bandung and Hong Kong. Japan and the US as well. Again, you are invited to look at her Instagram, or search "Bubiko" on this blog.

Heart-shaped cookies in Ohio!

Bubiko's little photo ebook about the food of Ipoh, Malaysia is here, on Amazon. (And, her guide to AR, augmented reality, is here.)

As AR technology continues to improve, Bubiko will make educational AR projects for people of all ages about spices, vitamins, geography, cooking techniques and other concepts related to food.

Bubiko also really likes butterfly pea flowers, and one day will have an AR lesson about them.

Hummingbirdsday
Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. They are drinking butterfly pea flower tea, and the cake is garnished with butterfly pea flowers.

Butterfly pea flower ( Clitoria ternatea ) is found all over Southeast Asia. It used to make many types of foods and is also great in drinks; by itself or mixed with other ingredients, like macha. It is also used in soap, shampoo and other health care products.

Here is a great recipe for "Blue Surf Cake", on the Unconventional Baker Blog. Additionally, the blog has a number of great resource on where to buy butterfly pea flowers, as well as other natural colorings. Recommended!

Here the entire flowers were used as well. Image from Mario'z Eats blog.

A recipe for Butterfly Pea Flower Crepe cake can be found here, on the Mario'z Eats blog. Also informative, and the instructions are clear and well illustrated.

Finally, a recipe for Butterfly Pea Lemon Cheesecake, by a company called Secret Recipe.

We have no connection with any of the above recipe makers, and have not yet tried the recipes. However, these site "felt" trustworthy, and certainly have great images!

As Bubiko becomes more organized, she will be be creating more informative posts, using her own experiences, videos and recipes.

Oh yes, Bubiko's favorite expression is "aroi mak mak" which, in the Thai language, means "very delicious"!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for Bubiko, and do keep with her adventures on Instagram.

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 Scrapbook September 2019

Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves AR. Her unusual guide to Augmented Reality is now on Amazon.

This post is an introduction to Bubiko's world.

July, 2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bubiko, the first paper version, based on a doll from Thailand. Bubiko is very knowledgeable about the food of Southeast Asia. Here she studies thunder tea rice.

July 2019 Pierogi Festival, Detroit. Bubiko. 3D version made by Novaby. In the summer of 2019, Bubiko debuted in two formats: Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera. Facebook Camera support by Dana Hagan.

doll with colorful drink
2017: At the Penang Food Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Bandung is the name of a popular drink. Aroi mak mak is Bubiko's favorite phrase. It means "very delicious"" in the Thai language.


https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4hK_hH8cV/

Bubiko has an Instagram account. She also made one book:

Available on Amazon




Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen, a work in progress.
Shenzhen is the Silicon Valley of China. A story about Shenzhen , written and photographed by Stephen Black for makermag.

ARKit games made with Unity
Presentation at Le Wagon, Shenzhen December 26, 2018 Pictured is an AR game collaborative test with Green Bean Boy, a character by Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studios.

November, 2018 Shenzhen. Stephen Black, pitching his unicorn idea to VCs at TechCrunch Shenzhen. (The unicorn idea is a separate idea from Bubiko/the Pixar of AR)

Sayuri Okayama, at the 2019 Reality Virtually Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab, sponsored by Magic Leap. 

S O with an early paper mockup of Bubiko. Ipoh Malaysia

A demonstration by Google in Kuala Lumpur.
computer users having fun
Chiang Rai, Thailand May 2018. Stephen Black and Suphakorn Traisrisin testing the HP Reveal AR software with Bubiko Foodtour.
Austin Chronicle, Bubiko Foodtour
A collection of Bubiko's 2019 SXSW blog posts are here.
Stephen Black's Bubiko-themed proposal for SXSW 2020 is here.
Sayuri Okayama's (Food + AR) proposal for SXSW 2020 is here.

Get behind it before it gets past you
Now on tour....Bubiko, Eggy, Ollie and Obasan A! R! Let's go!
Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
The plan: a tour of the US and Canada: readings, food tastings and AR, AR, AR.

SB at MIT. Next presentation by SB: OARC (Open Augmented Reality, Cloud) Munich, October 16, 2019.

Augmented Reality in Asia
Malay Mail article explaining Bubiko and her research about Southeast Asian food.
Bubiko is looking forward to the future, meeting other chefs and discovering new foods.

Bubiko's app is on its way! If you would like to be among the first to play with it, leave a message in the comment section. See you on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram!
BYE!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4hK_hH8cV

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

Furikake, a collection of stories about rice seasonings, by Stephen Black

The Author Show audio  interview with Stephen Black about Furikake.

Furikake is on Amazon here.

"a truly enjoyable reading, between a memoir and a travel diary in which one can easily recognize fragments of oneself.


- Carla Bonollo, whose Italian language blog can be found here.

Furikake is the Japanese word for the spices and ingredients sprinkled upon rice. It is one of my favorite foods, and in Clementi, i ate it often. I wrote this while I was living in the Clementi is an area of Singapore, and, for about two years, my three room apartment there was extremely cheap. More importantly, I became very good friends with a group who represented the diversity and tolerance of Singapore. In i ate tiong bahru, there is a short story about the day we met at an Indian temple for the memorial service of one of our group.

Clementi was close to the water and a park. There were great places to eat. Clementi is where I met Joe the Diver, who not only became a great friend, but also joined 3how on stage several times. Here is a story about one of those times.

At the i ate tiong bahru launch party, Joe sang a song...

Furikake was a challenge to write, for a few reasons. Ebooks were very new at the time. Amazon had just released the Kindle, but the take up in Singapore was very slow; if I remember correctly it was not possible to buy ebooks in Singapore at the time. And, of course, my writing style and topics are not exactly mainstream. Unkown writer, unknown publisher. Furikake was a commitment to the art and craft of writing; despite the odds against success.

A story from Furikake is here.

Furikake is on Amazon here.

PS There is a blog post with more excepts from Furikake. the formatting is strange, so I am not linking to it, but it can easily be found. The post also explains why Furikake once had the ugliest cover on Amazon.

SXSW Overview by Bubiko Foodtour

Wild, informative and fun, SXSW 2019 was ten days of chaos of the best possible kind. Bubiko was there!

Austin Chronicle, Bubiko Foodtour
Big yellow sign, little Bubiko

Gaming and VR blog post

Overall Impressions Photo Essay

Bubiko's Adventures at SXSW!

Music

radiocassette player art
Art by Slep

Stephen Black at SXSW

Food at SXSW coming soon!

Bubiko's Instagram has a few posts about SXSW and Austin, like this one.

Bubiko's adventures at MIT and beyond

Who is Stephen Black?

man with VR headset and AR on his tee shirt

3how Riverwalk Session

NOVABY!

24 hours in Shenzhen (360 VR): A Project by Leo Wei and Stephen Black

Suggestions for locations and story ideas are welcome. Interesting locations at interesting times, interesting people, interesting tech; we will consider anything.

24 hours in Shenzhen (360 VR): A project by Leo Wei and Stephen Black

Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China, will be documented for a 24 hour period on August 18th, in a co-production by Leo Wei (cinematographer) and Stephen Black(screenwriter).The starting points for the production are Wei's experiences as a Shenzhen resident and Black's international background as a writer, artist and producer. The two will co-direct.

Leo Wei: "VR is a fresh and powerful way to share the various feelings and experiences I have had while living in Shenzhen. It will be interesting to see what happens during the 24 hours. Shenzhen is always changing."

Stephen Black: "The last time I visited Shenzhen was in 1997, when I lived in Hong Kong. Since that time, Shenzhen has grown tremendously, as everyone knows. I would like to portray not only the high tech, entrepreneurial side of Shenzhen, but also the way it may symbolize China's unseen past and future."

Leo Wei demonstrating the Qoocam at the 2018 Maker Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic.

Stephen Black holding a Qoocam 360VR camera at the 2018 Maker Faire at HK PolyU.

AR, VR and Every R in between. An installation at the 2018 Maker's Faire at Hong Kong PolyU.

Wei and Black's first VR experience together was at the 2018 Maker's Faire at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Leo Wei's film and television experiences have been with Shenzhen Satellite TV, where he has been involved with productions that involved stars like Zheng Khai, Guo Caijie and Ru Changhu. He is currently the product manager at Kandao, a manufacturer of VR cameras.

Stephen Black's career has bridged television production, art and writing. He has worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV and Fox. His photographs and videos have been shown worldwide, including Beach Road, a 360VR film which was featured in festivals in Las Vegas, Brisbane and Singapore.He recently gave a number of presentations about AR at Hong Kong PolyU. He has written a number of books, including i ate tiong bahru, a Singaporean bestseller.

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.

Alphabet Spikes Z-T (notes from June 2018, Hong Kong)

One of the books free/discounted, as part of the HK Book Fair.

Alphabet Spikes is a collection of stories, essays and experiments created from February 2017 until now--and in the future! The core of the book is here, on Amazon, but this ebook actually something like crowdfunding.

Once you buy the book, send me your email and you will get an updated ebook with new stories, as I add them. Right now, the version on Amazon includes stories about a game developer, Antigone Cloud and my brief encounter with Anthony Bourdain. Next will be journal entries from the Bubiko Orwell Tour, which voyaged through Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong. The purpose of the tour was to research food, to create a network of people interested in AR, and two work on two books.

Besides the tour journal, there are, and will be, short stories, interviews and essays about Southeast Asia and people, events and places connected to it.

Alphabet Spikes: Art and entrepreneurship go on a road trip in Southeast Asia. Lots of eating, a few meetings, and nonstop ups and downs.

In reverse alphabetical order, the following are some of my experiences in Hong Kong; these will become stories and essays. Questions? Leave in the comments section, as well as any info you'd like to share. Thanks!

Zorn. Click to hear the HK/Macau/CBGB story.

Yam cha and dim sum

Yam cha! The literal translation is "drink tea". However, yum cha usually means eating a meal of dim sum. Dim sum are the foods served in the round bamboo containers. Dim sum restaurants are everywhere in Hong Kong.

Xu Xi at the launch of Insignificance

“An audacious, inventive and original collection: these ‘Hong Kong’ stories are full of clever energy and lively strangeness.” - Gail Jones On Amazon.

Walsh, Joe. Performing with Shear, Jules and John, Doctor.

VR HMD ad on a tram.

Uniworks, the display of students' work, near the entrance of the Jockey Club Innovation Tower on the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus.

Inside the Dome

Tony Tan, Delta Blues Audio

Tai Kwun Art Complex, just down the road from where I used to live.

Alphabet Spikes: Q-S is here.

another book by Book Merah

AR HKPOLYU Followup 3 (Food and AR)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

The first in this series is here.

Food-related projects and resources:

Chowhound: Will Virtual and Augmented Reality Change the Food Industry?

The chef above and the banoffee pastry below exemplify the possibilities of 3D models now available. Like VR, AR is a medium in which 3D models play a huge part.

This is Unity + Kinect installation was created by the team of Celine Tuazon, Russell Tan, Chen Jia Wen, and Carolyn Eppy Koh. They are Interaction Design students at the School of Interactive and Digital Media (Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore.) Instructor: Debbie Ding

Coffee and AR: Prepare for Impact!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zarastone/2017/12/12/19-crimes-wine-is-an-amazing-example-of-adult-targeted-augmented-reality/#675dbac947de

An article I wrote for Coffee Traveler magazine(Thailand)