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AR, VR and Every R in Between (July 8, 2018)

(The first day photos are here.)

Taking place during the Maker Faire Hong Kong, was AR, VR and Every R in Between, organized by Dr. Ludovic Krundel, of the Digital Entertainment Lab, School of Design at HK PolyU. Here is a link to bios of some of the people who made the day so interesting. Plus, there was Kandao and SnapPop. Photos by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour.

(The first day photos are here.) A 360VR clip of the event is here.

AR, VR and Every R in Between

Hello...

Saturday was an absolute blast... and it seems like the best way to "schedule" things for today (Sunday) is to just listen to you(whenever you show up), and then see who is the most appropriate person for you to speak to! SO stop by the Dome and play around with AR, VR , music and the Dome itself. Ask me or Ludovic about anything and we will be happy to share what we know and put you in touch with others who can share as well. Here is what we are about:

The Dome!

神奇的圓屋頂

Located on the 4th floor of Innovation Tower, The Dome features a 360 degree sound system, hand-made speakers and a light show. The Dome is a place of art, technology and communication. Welcome!

剩余字数: 圓屋頂位於創新大廈4樓,擁有360度音響系統、手工製作的音響和燈光秀。它是一個藝術、科技與交流場所!歡迎您的到來!

AR, VR and every R in between!

增強現實,虛擬現實與混合現實!

Experience interactive art, attend short lectures, listen to the blues and spend as much time as you like on computers loaded with a variety of AR & VR software. Coders,"noncoders" and those interested in digital entertainment are welcome. On the fourth floor of Innovation Tower.

體驗互動娛樂,參加講座,聆聽藍調音樂並且並盡情在電腦上體驗各種不同擴增實境和虛擬實境的軟件。無論您是否會編程,只要您對數碼娛樂感興趣,我們都歡迎您的到來!

Stephen Black: AR and VR in 2018, from a maker’s perspective

從製作者的角度看2018的增強現實與虛擬現實

Examples and discussions about AR and VR creation softwares, some of which attendees can experiment with in class and on their own. Plus Beach Road, his VR film and a surprise or two!

在這裡,參加者可以認識并討論製作增強現實和虛擬現實的軟件,更有機會可以親自動手製作一個你自己的作品!

Provide a short profile of presenter... Ex-Cartoon Network, CNN, Fuji TV. Next: a book about AR/entrepreneurship/the food of SE Asia. Then Bubiko Foodtour and Secret Donut World!

之前就任于卡通網絡、CNN、富士電視臺,緊接著成為增強現實/企業家精神/東南亞視頻書籍的作家,最後探索Bubikon美食之旅和秘密甜甜圈世界!

food in Ipoh

Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.

http://www.deltabluesaudio.com/

Tony Tam: Talking About Speakers, Playing the Blues

Tony Tam makes distinctive, award-winning audio speakers. His company is called Delta Blues Audio.) His speakers are featured in The Dome. This is a rare opportunity to share Tony's knowledge and love for sound, music and the blues.

Biofeedback: Before and After Music

Before listening to music, the participant has a bio-rhythmic record created. Then, after listening to calming music, another record is created. The before and after results are then analyzed.

參加者將被邀請聆聽令人平靜的音樂,同時將被記錄前後兩次生物節奏。我們將帶領您分析這兩項數據!

AR/VR: Artworks and Noteworthy Projects: Curated by Stephen Black

虛擬現實與增強現實:藝術品和令人矚目的作品

On Vive headsets and mobile phone viewing devices. Films and projects by the United Nations, National Public Radio, Stephen Black, Poly U students, Eugene Soh and more. Featuring Storyhive, a new method of VR presentation by Hiverlab.

佩戴Vive頭盔和手機觀影設備;由聯合國、國家公共廣播電台、Stephen Black、香港理工大學學生以及Eugene Soh 等製作的電影和項目。Hiverlab將提供一種新的以Storyhive為特色的虛擬現實的展現形式!

Thanks to Giovanni Lion, for technical support. Gio's on this team: 3dsnd.

2018 AR/Augmented Reality: State of the Art

I recently did two workshops and two presentations about AR at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This post summarizes what I presented, or wanted to present. Just before the presentations started, there were so many new announcements from Google, Apple and the attendees at the AWE, that not all of the following info was presented. And, a few tweaks and additions will be happening in the next few days. I would again like to thank Phil Morgan, Gino Yu, Dr. Ludovic Krundel and Hong Kong Polytechnic for their support.

AR Reference Materials

Descriptions of Workshops and Presentations

Questionnaire For Those Attending Workshops

Responses to First Day Topics: Emergency Response and Urban Planning

Followup: Head Mounted Devices

Followup: Students' Work

Followup: Food and AR

Followup: Apps and Software

Bubiko Foodtour with coconuts (an AR test)

A large part of the Bubiko Orwell Tour involve networking with AR practioners, individuals as well as companies.

Also, during the events, my ebooks were either free or discounted.

AR HKPOLYU Followup 2 (Students Work +)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

As I began to prepare for the events, I soon discovered a fantastic problem. Three huge AR events had very recently occurred:

- Google held its Developer's Conference on May 8.

- Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference ended on June 8.

-The biggest announcements in AR were made at the Augmented World Expo, which was from May 30 to June 1.

Because my presentations were meant to reflect the State of the Art in AR, I had to organize lot of information in a short period of time. Plus, the materials I had gathered previously had become out of date.

The good news is that nearly all of the materials presented were less than a year old, some just a few days old! The bad news is that in the rush, I had to de-prioritize student's work and ended up not showing any. With this post I remedy that, and am thankful to the teachers and students involved with the work below.(Any students, anywhere: I will be happy to post your AR-related work!)

First is the "home team", the Hong Kong Polytechnic University of Design. Dr. Ludovic Krundell helped secure these images, and he was a most helpful resource and source of welcome advice during my time at PolyU. His support, as well as the guidance of Gino Yu, made my time here an unforgettable experience. OK; the work...

Meow Meow AR Cat Game by HK Poly U Students

AR Game by: LIU MingYi, Kelly
ZHANG Zhenyi
LIU Xiaoyu, Sherry

Meow Meow AR Cat Game by HK Poly U Students 2

Poster for Sound Visualization, an AR project by Zhuang Mengzhou, Dai Mingyi, Dong Genggeng, Hu Xianzhi

Thailand: the Institute for Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology has incorporated AR into junior high school science textbooks.(Info kindly provided by Trasvin Jittidecharak/Silkworm Books.)

The following were kindly provided by Fabian Winkler, the Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, at the Electronic and Time-Based Art Program of Purdue University. Professor Winkler's own work can be seen here.

The following presentations were developed within a short period: less than two weeks. They are about the relationship of the markers (image targets) and the AR content they activate.

The following is by Dr. Tomas Laurenzo, who is Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media of the City University of Hong Kong.

from Singapore

Debbie Ding (http://dbbd.sg / http://openurbanism.blogspot.com

Lecturer, Interaction Design

Module Leader for Final Year Project 1 and Final Year Project 2

Responses to Workshop 1 (Hong Kong PolyU State of the Art of Augmented Reality 2018)

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

Yesterday, in both the workshop and the presentation, there were questions regarding HMDs and AR’s relationship to design, art and disaster relief.

Some links and brief responses:

AR and Emergency Response

How Augmented Reality can change how we navigate a natural disaster, an article on Medium by Nicolas Fierro.

Crowdsourcing a Safer Future for First Responders

Announcing the Winners of the NIST Virtual Reality Test Environment Challenge!

Advances in Next Gen SMART First Response | Kirk McKinzie | ARIA

AR and Design + Art

Eon Reality LKDF Interact – Diesel Engine Operation

Eon Reality

Augmented Reality ARtworks | Tamiko Thiel | AR in ACTION

HMDs

Mix AR Glasses – The New Google Glasses?

Plessey shines in the spotlight with its globally unique monolithic MicroLED technology

Epson Moverio BT-300 Smart Glasses

https://next.reality.news/news/epsons-moverio-smartglasses-line-gets-major-upgrades-with-new-sdk-and-web-based-publishing-0185023/

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Go to Augmented Reality - the 8th Mass Medium: Tomi Ahonen at TEDxMongKok. At the 12:24 mark is proof that we are living in the future.

There were other topics , and I will respond to these in another post.

And don't forget: Book Merah is giving away/discounting my ebooks NOW!

Fintech: (Supercharger HK Demo 2018)

Yesterday I went to a fintech event with my feet dragging; expecting to drop off some flyers and then leave. However, I stayed for five hours, to the point where I almost missed a historic art event!

I stayed for two reasons.

As I began to take in the exhibits and meet people, I began to feel that I was witnessing a watershed moment in financial history. Learning about the achievements that were showcased, I sensed that the digital revolution has now advanced into an area that was considered to be an impenetrable fortress: the interaction between government regulators, financial institutions and SMEs. The fewer difficult and time-consuming transactions SMEs have, the better their chances are for survival. SMEs are what makes the world go round! This event was for everyone, actually, not zillion dollar companies.

The second reason I stayed was that, simply, everyone I met seemed to be genuinely trying to help others. There was a good feeling at the event.

I learned many things about how the delays and complications associated with starting and/or operating an SME are being reduced. My small way of thanking these unsung heroes is to list them below. These people and companies should be celebrated for their perseverance, attention to detail and their accomplishments.

Enforcd Regulatory Intelligence (RegTech)

mindbridge Financial Auditing with Artificial Intelligence

gini Personal Financial Management

AIZEN Credit Scoring and Management with Artificial Intelligence

fundpark Trade Finance for SME

Know your customer Client on-boarding

Investment Navigator Wealth Advisory

exate technology Data Privacy Management (RegTech)

cyberProductivity SME Accounting with Artificial Intelligence

Plus, as a writer, I found Phrazor extremely interesting!

All of this awesomeness was showcased and supported by a company whose name says it all: SUPERCHARGER.

PS My "writer sensibilities" started flashing when I learned this phrase: the right to be forgotten. To the contrary, this event was unforgettable.

Questionnaire for Those Attending AR Workshops at HK Poly June 11 and 13

MUCH MORE INFO ABOUT THE MATERIALS PRESENTED IS HERE.

Hello!

The workshops are being fine-tuned,but here is the basic structure. You are welcome to attend both, though the first is already full.

Related to the event,Book Merah is giving away and discounting Stephen Black's books during this event. Click here for details.

Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle Palace: Art, Content, Portraiture

Regarding the retireinchiangrai performance.

What began at the Abby Hotel in Ipoh, Malaysia as a kind of durational art piece has become a form of portraiture for hotels. With the Abby Hotel piece, the goal was to create content for 72 continuous hours, mainly with Facebook Live. Next was a sixty hour project at Symphony Suites, also in Ipoh. Christmas, Penang, 24 hour documentation of food.Then in Bangkok, there was a near continuous three day marathon at La Rivetta.

My latest mix of photography, historical research and interviews/oral history is partially documented at this website: https://retireinchiangrai.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/chiang-rai-transportation/

The intention is to use photography for personal expression, rather than commercial documentation, as well as to create a vocabulary of procedures that allow for spontaneous internet experiences. Plus, the experiences will become a chapter in An Alphabet of Spikes, one of the two books I am currently writing.

In short, we did a lot of stuff and put it online to see what happens in both the art world and the world of people who want to retire in Thailand.

Notes on AR app baby steps

Unless you are an AR geek, a very thorough investor/VC or part of the Bubiko Photo app team, this post may not make sense...it is documentation of testing. Later, I will write a post like this.

Samsung J6 Prime (4 months old)

- Unable to open file.

Htc one m8

- Android 6

- Two apps successfully installed. One is a slideshow with a countdown with very nice pictures.

-The other app only starts my camera, but I can't do anything with it. There are no instructions or menus.

-the icon is incomplete

screenshot of apps

Bubiko Foodtour Photo exhibition pp icon test

Would like to redo icon: dimensions?File format?

instructions for use/how to create a marker can be included? Something like this: On a clean white piece of paper(at least 3 x 5 inches/80 x 130mm, write IPOH. Point phone at IPOH and the exhibition will begin.

Description: These 38 images of Ipoh, Malaysia were taken by Bubiko Foodtour, who is little chef from Thailand.The images reflect her love of food and culture as well as the aesthetic influences of artists such as Stephen Shore, Daido Moriyama and Edward Hopper.

This AR photographic exhibition was produced by Stephen Black. Copyright 2017

unusual AR marker

Bubiko Foodtour, a work in progressBubiko Foodtour, behind the scenes, undergoing Photoshop

SB AR Startup GTM Foundation-building

Since June 2017, I have been on a tour of Southeast Asia, building connections for my AR startup. AR is expected to become as common as GPS in late 2018. Until that time, education and relationship-building are necessary for success.

Stephen Black teaching gamemaking in Singapore

At present AR is largely unknown. What follows is a partial list of companies and individuals with whom I have explained, and/or discussed, the possibilities of AR. Nearly all of the following are food-related, and all have been introduced to Bubiko Foodtour.

CHINA

Dragon Food Inc. "Dragon Food Inc is the largest soybean milk powder products manufacturing enterprises in China, with original fixed assets of more than 100 million, 10 million acres of Non-GMO soybean planting base, world-class testing equipments and advanced laboratory center. Permitted by China Green Food Development Center, we can use trademark of “Green Food” and “Certified Organic COFCC”. We are also certified by BCS OKO-GARANTIE GMBH to use trademark of “Organic Food” in both Europe and the US. Using 31 processes to extract protein from soybean effectively, we ensure the safety and healthy from the seed to dining-table and share with the world. And our products do not contain any chemicals, additives, preservatives, or artificial colors. http://en.primesoja.com/about/"

INDIA

Harsho- the award-winning graphic novelist

INDONESIA

indoestri

petshopboxstudio

JAPAN

Elcom Walk

Michael Kato/Japanese Greats

Many others, including associates at companies such as Fuji TV and Sony, as the result of having lived in Japan for over twenty years.

MALAYSIA

Abby Hotel, Ipoh

artisense

Hock Moon Hiong BBQ Meat PLT.

Monash University

Google

Imagineering// second startup venture capital

Meraki tempe, Kuala Lumpur

SINGAPORE

Numerous experiences with Singapore Science Center, Ministry of Education and other institutions, as a result of a 15 year residence.Plus, extensive experiences in gamemaking and teaching gamemaking.

Singapore Youth Writers Festival 2018 Invited participant, focusing upon the relationship between writing and AR/VR.

TNB Venture Capital