The ARphabet Tour: Toledo

The ARphabet Tour is fully explained here.

Three presentations on three different days. Self-publishing, mango sticky rice, and of course, AR, augmented reality.

AR apps demonstrated:

Leo AR 

ARtivive

Despite the challenging weather, a number of friends, family and curious people made it to the presentations. A new recipe for mango sticky rice was created, Stephen Black's books were introduced.

AR was demonstrated and discussed. Very interesting to talk about AR with those who are relatively unaware of it. Interesting questions were asked and all left with at least some understanding of the power and possibilities of Augmented Reality.

ARphabet Tour: Toledo, Ohio

Stephen Black, writer, producer and Toledo native, returns to his hometown to talk about Augmented Reality (AR). AR is a new technology now making an impact upon education, art, medicine, industry and entertainment.

The presentation is for a general audience (including children) and is based upon the best of Stephen's presentations from universities across Southeast Asia, as well as MIT. Come on down and meet Bubiko Foodtour, the Dundercats and a few other surprise guests. Toledo is the second stop of the ARphabet Tour http://www.blacksteps.tv/

Thursday, January 31: 7-8PM An Introduction to AR

CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE COLD...Stop by on Friday, Saturday or Monday!

Augmented Reality is the technology in which digital words or objects are combined with the real world. Pokemon Go is the most famous example of AR. If you watch sports, you will often see information or diagrams overlaid on the game, especially in football. AR requires a phone, tablet or a new device called smartglasses. Soon, Facebook and Apple will make AR smartglasses. 

This presentation includes examples of AR, as well as its history. Present and upcoming uses of AR in education, art, medicine and industry are shown. www.blacksteps.tv

These links provide more information:

Definition of AR

Microsoft's Hololens AR product


Friday, February 1 2-3:45 An Introduction to Self-Publishing and the books of Stephen Black 

One of Stephen Black's books, I Ate Tiong Bahru, is a bestseller in Singapore, and all have achieved critical acclaim. In this presentation his books as well as insights into self-publishing and Amazon are presented.

Information about the books here.


Saturday, February 2 2-3:15 In Search of the Ultimate Mango Sticky Rice

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama recently toured Southeast Asia, researching food for book and augmented reality projects. In this talk,  mango sticky rice,  the popular dessert, is discussed in terms of geography, culture, economics and nutrition.


Monday, February 4 6-7:15 The ARphabet Tour: Augmented Reality, Self-publishing and Mango Sticky Rice!

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama traveled through Southeast Asia in 2017/18, researching food, writing books and networking with Augmented Reality companies,artists and researchers. This presentation, suitable for all ages, features the highlights of that two-year journey.

All events will be held at the Washington Branch Public Library, 5560 Harvest Lane.

tel: 419-259-5330

Stephen Black bio here.

A crash course of AR in 2018 can be found here.

Beach Road, a 360 VR movie produced and directed by Stephen Black.

SPOKEN , a virtual gallery by Eugene Soh, curated by SB.

The ARphabet Tour explained.

China's Silicon Valley
https://makermag.com/2019/01/07/hqb-china/

AR startup : Bubiko Foodtour +

to become the Pixar of AR...

Bubiko Foodtour (work in progress, finalized 3D version soon)

Bubiko Foodtour will appear in short entertaining AR movies full of food information. The lessons and networks resulting from Bubiko's experiences will be applied to other characters: The Dundercats (specializing in music education), The Doughbots (fun characters who promote basic math and reading skills) and Secret Donut World, a collection of whimsical characters and objects created by David Severn(UK/Japan). These original characters, stories and, eventually, software, will result in a company with the potential to become the Pixar of AR.

Revenue: freemium business model with in-app purchases, character and software licensing, digital products, physical objects like books, clothing, toys and kitchen supplies. 

Additionally, Bubiko now has a database of waiting-to-be discovered SE Asian food products suitable for food lovers worldwide.

Go To Market Plan

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama have spent the past two years in Southeast Asia, researching AR and food. As Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand, this was necessary to create the credibility necessary to benefit from the worldwide popularity of Southeast Asian foods.

These years of research have resulted in a strong personal and professional international network: programmers, journalists, podcasters, foodies, websites, galleries, digital marketing specialists, food producers, restaurant and hotel owners; as well as personal connections with AR-related companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Magic Leap, Line, Alibaba, Tencent, Kabaq and Facebook. These connections, as well as social media and online campaigns, will be activated once technical and business plans milestones are secured.

Note: At present, more than a billion devices (Apple and Android) allow users to easily enjoy Bubiko and friends. However, all movies/activities include an awareness of the possibilities offered by AR glasses and smartglasses.

Additionally developments in SLAM, meshmapping, IoT, persistent experiences, 5G etc. are being closely monitored. Facebook and Apple are among several companies planning to release AR wearables in the near future.

Upcoming AR projects like Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, and a Harry Potter AR game will increase AR awareness/the number of AR users. The phenomenal success of Pokemon Go continues, it has been downloaded over 100 million times on Google Play alone, and generated more than 300 million dollars, including in-app purchases.


Status as of January 20, 2019

Encouraging developments have occurred since the project began, but two workshops and presentations at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in June 2018 were the start of extreme public and professional interactions and possibilities:

- presentations at The Hong Kong Makers Faire

- presentation at Le Wagon Shenzhen, a bootcamp school for coders

- invited to pitch to VCs at TechCrunch Shenzhen

- establishment of a personal network in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, including makers, government bodies, digital marketers, distributors and designers.

- participation in workshops at the MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon, including those by Magic Leap, PTC and Unity.

- presenter at ARIA 2019 at MIT.

ARAI 2019 @MIT

Bubiko Foodtour +

Feedback on the physical appearance of Bubiko has been very encouraging. A Bubiko 3D model will soon be created, and used to create standardized 2D versions.

Bubiko has made an ebook about the food of Ipoh Malaysia, available on Amazon. She is currently compiling notes for a food guide to Shenzhen. are no comparable books; additionally the book introduces the different provinces of China.

The Dundercats characters, a partnership with Six Cat Studios, are now being made in 3D, in addition to merchandising and real world musical instruction activities. Scripts and story ideas are being refined for both Secret Donut World and The Doughbots; they presently exist in 2D only.

Bubiko Partnerships

Bubiko appears  in an ARKit/Unity game demo created by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey. Dominique runs Hummingbirdsday Studio, which specializes in UX/UI design. Michael has worked on games for Spongebob Squarepants, XMen and Disney.

Bubiko will be in a game being created with UARExperiences, who are currently in stealth.

In support of the ARphabet Tour, Kabaq is creating an AR version of mango sticky rice.

Discussions with Novaby are now underway to make a 3D version of Bubiko.

An Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour will soon begin.

Postproduction will continue on Lotus Mountain, a 360VR movie shot in Shenzhen, using 8K cameras supplied by Kandao. Although Bubiko is not featured, the finished film will result in beneficial publicity. A previous VR 360 film, Beach Road,was featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

Time spent in Shenzhen resulted in numerous contacts and possibilities,one being the bundling of Bubiko and the Doughbots into tablets made for children.

Bubiko on a rainy night in Shenzhen.


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

We're waiting 'til the day we have budget and a coder or two, so that Bubiko can walk and talk... For now, we sketch and improvise.. like this.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

ARIA/Stephen Black/Sayuri Okayama/ Background for Press, Bloggers and Podcasters

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Currently bootstrapping, they have established a worldwide network of collaborators, and look forward to speaking with potential partners of any kind, including investors and VCs.

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama aim to be the Pixar of location-based AR: original characters, stories and software.

Stephen’s “unicorn”, a separate AR project, can be discussed by appointment.

Stephen is a bestselling writer, has a degree in Photographic Illustration and is an established visual artist. As a producer, he has worked in theatre, butoh, music (3how) and network television (Fuji TV, Fox, CNN and Cartoon Network).

Sayuri has extensive research in the travel industry, and conducts research related to all aspects of the startup.                                      More biographical information at the end of this document.

The Bubiko Orwell Tour  2017/8    Stephen and Sayuri: digital nomads in SE Asia, planning AR/VR/MR, building a network, sourcing distinctive air-freightable food products, and researching food/culture. Attended Rise (“the largest and most exciting tech conference in Asia” – Forbes), HK Book Fair, Ani-Com and Games Expo HK, Supercharger Fintech Incubator Year in Review event (HK),Thailand Design Week and Amazon AWS events.

Participation: HK Food Hackathon, Ipoh Malaysia Tourism Rebranding campaign.

Presentations: Ipoh, Malaysia, Sasin School of Business (Bangkok), HK PolyU, Hong Kong MakerFaire, TechCrunch and Le Wagon (Shenzhen).

Alphabet Spikes is the book Stephen is writing about the tour.        www.blacksteps.tv/

The ARphabet Tour  2019                                        Now accepting bookings.

  www.blacksteps.tv/the-arphabet-tour-in-your-town-how-to-do-schedule-it/

Kabaq, leaders in the creation of AR food models

S Nizo mobile video editing


Maker space in Shenzhen

Producers of the Dundercats

Friends of the ARphabet Tour

Sponsorship opportunities: http://www.blacksteps.tv/eight-reasons-for-sponsoring-the-arphabet-tour/

Three separate components: AR, Books/Writing and the Mango Sticky Rice Experience

Beginning with ARIA@MIT, the 100 day tour now includes stops in Phoenix, at SXSW(Austin) and the Game Developers Conference (San Francisco), as well as NYC, Washington DC, and the Chicago/Detroit area.

AR component:

Powerpoint presentation, Q and A, ARKit/Unity game demo featuring Green Bean Boy and Bubiko Foodtour, by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey

More information here

Books/Writing component:

Readings from Stephen Black’s book, including the bestselling i ate tiong bahru.

Workshops: custom designed; possible topics include self-publishing, Amazon strategies, writing techniques, plot structure and novels vs. screenplays.

Book titles:

the Agaricus Blazei Murrill Notebook (about a gourmet mushroom known for its anti-cancer properties),

Obama Search Words (fact-based fiction about Barack Obama),

Furikake (short stories, all connected with furikake, the Japanese rice topping)

I Ate Tiong Bahru (best seller about a historical area of Singapore),

Contact With Shadow (contemporary  romance novel featuring connections with colonial Singapore’s printing industry)

Bali Wave Ghost (novel; American reality TV star tries to make a fresh start in Bali)

Bubiko Foodtour in Shenzhen (food guide to China’s Silicon Valley)

Alphabet Spikes short stories and essays about the Bubiko Orwell Tour.

More information here.

The Mango Sticky Rice Experience:

A combination of deliciousness, AR, and food culture! Inspired by Bubiko Foodtour’s favorite food! Featuring real mangos, as well as an AR version of mango sticky rice created by Kabaq, the leaders in augmented reality food applications. More information here.

AR Characters:

Bubiko Foodtour (current model is a work in progress)

Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Her catchphrase is “aroi mak mak”, the Thai phrase for ‘very delicious’. Knowledgeable about all food, especially that of Southeast Asia, Bubiko is entertaining and informative.

On a technical level, Bubiko is a flagship for our other characters. We have plans to use SLAM and IoT to create cinematic, educational and entertaining table top experiences.

On a commercial level, Bubiko branding and merchandising possibilities are being explored, including, with a tablet manufacturer,  bundling Bubiko AR experiences and her favorite recipes.

The Bubiko Orwell Tour resulted in the discovery of numerous local, often organic, food products suitable for international food fans, as well as tea and coffee lovers. An area of exploration is a Bubiko brand/marketing channel.

Bubiko is a guest star in an ARkit/Unity game demo featuring Green Bean Boy.

Developer: Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studio, with Michael Stracey (veteran game developer, including Sponge Bob, Disney and X-Men)

Bubiko epublished a photo book about the food of Ipoh, Malaysia and is now working on a food guide to Shenzhen, China’s Silicon Valley. Bubiko Foodtour on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Bubiko's blog                                                          

Secret Donut World           

Created by Stephen Black and David Severn(UK/Japan), the Secret Donut World characters combine David’s wit with Stephen’s ideas on spatial computing. David is an internationally exhibited visual artist/painter and his work has been published in numerous Japanese magazines, children’s books and travel publications.

The Doughbots

Another Severn/Black collaboration,  the Doughbots will teach basic spelling and math skills in a fun and interactive way. (Designed for SLAM, spatial recording; with accompanying book).

The Dundercats

Adventurers in musical history as well as serious music instructors, the Dundercats are perfectly tuned for AR. Created by Aniela Chaudhuri, an accomplished violinist and instructor and Stuart Rankin, producer, former chief editor at CNN/Cartoon Network.

ARPHABET TOUR COMPLETE BREAKDOWN : www.blacksteps.tv      bubikofoodtour@gmail.com

Beach Road 360 movie
(featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas)

SPOKEN virtual gallery created by Eugene Soh, curated by Stephen Black

ARphabet Tour: The Doughbots



Hi! There is an Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.



Another creation from the minds of David Severn and Stephen Black, the Doughbots are ready to teach basic math and reading skills!

AR educational games
 a glimpse into the Doughbot World

ARphabet Tour: Readings and Writing Workshop

Hi! There will SOON be a new Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Writing Workshops

After years of writing and self-publishing books, including the best selling i ate tiong bahru, Stephen Black is ready to share what he has learned. His strengths include description, the musicality of words, how to use research invisibly and the relationship between length and structure. Also experienced with self-publishing; Stephen is prepared to do presentations and workshops on this topic. The workshops are geared to the level of those attending and questionnaires are used to determine this. 

Stephen Black has taught poetry performance (Poetry Slam) and 3D gamemaking in Singapore, and English/writing classes in Japan. In addition to writing classes inuniversity, he has studied with screenwriting legend Robert McKee, both in a public class, and in an invitation-only private class.

The workshops can be conducted online or in person; individually or in groups.

The topic of AR and books will be only briefly touched upon, unless requested otherwise.

Readings

With eight books and many published stories, Stephen Black's readings can be geared towards the nature of your event or organization. Obvious topics include Augmented Reality, the food and history of Southeast Asia, the Tiong Bahru area of Singapore, the pre-presidential life of Barack Obama, contemporary Bali as well as insights on being a digital nomad/startup founder/entrepreneur.

Video interviews and information on Stephen Black's books here.

A national bestseller in Singapore, now available on Amazon in ebook, softcover and audiobook formats


"Part stream of consciousness, part poetry, part historical research,it's a deeply personal yet wholly accessible journey... Along the way, Stephen uncovers Tiong Bahru's 1930s origins as Singapore's first public housing estate; immerses himself in its famous foods as he breakfasts on half-boiled eggs with kaya toast or dines on porridge, mee pok or yong tau foo, and reflects with some pain on astronomic price rises, a creeping loss of authenticity, and the fall of the area to yuppies,expats and the super-rich.
Cute as the presentation of this diminutive book may be, I'd like to see it in a larger format-- and perhaps illustrated with the kind of gritty yet dreamy photography that we saw in the same author's 'Bus Stopping' book a couple of years ago."
-Expat Living


"Unlike anything else I've read... funny quirks yet balances the political undertone perfectly. The book involves history, humor, culture and most importantly, food (or rather, taste)."
-Barrett Books (Thea's Books & Violins)

"Black's brief love-letter to his now former home is one of the best introductions to a country and a state of mind that you might read."
ArtReview Asia
a guitarist and a reader onstage
Stephen Black reads from Bali Wave Ghost, accompanied by Rizal Abdulhadi
black and white book covers

“Henry Miller is alive and well and living in Bali!”
-Diego Lopez, 
publisher of Nusa magazine/founder of Nusa surfwear
on Amazon
Obama Search Words by Stephen Black
Historical fiction about the pre-Presidential life of Barack Obama.
Alphabet Spikes. Fiction + digital nomad lifestyle+ Southeast Asian food: a journal and more.
photography as part of book cover design
On Amazon
Out of print. Agaricus blazei murill is a gourmet mushroom known for its cancer-fighting properties.
Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen
Contact with Shadow available on unglue.it


“It’s a double pleasure to read this… First, there’s the joy of gleaning nuggets of knowledge about Singapore and the printed word hitherto unknown; and second, there’s the childlike wonder of never knowing what Stephen Black has in store for us on the next page.”
~ Ng Yi-Sheng
Playwright, recipient of the Singapore Literature Prize

There  Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour is here.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

ARphabet Tour: Secret Donut World

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

A collaboration between David Severn(UK/Japan) and Stephen Black, Secret Donut World is whimsical, colorful and unpredictable. A combination of David's imagination and Stephen's spatial computing ideas, Secret Donut World exemplifies the potential of AR and MR.

At present there are a total of 50 characters and objects, many having unique spatial computing "special powers".

avante-garde art in I
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Secret Donut World by David Severn and Stephen Black

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Eight reasons for sponsoring the ARphabet Tour

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

The ARphabet Tour has three platforms: AR, writing and food. These platforms are separate, yet linked. In regards to press releases, for example, one platform is dominant, but the other two are also given visibility. The result is exposure to three different demographics at once.

Although the active timeline lasts until April, 2019, there will be continued online activity for long afterwards.

  1. Brands will be exposed to the large, and continually growing, number of people interested in AR. In addition to a large tech-savvy community, AR is attracting much interest due to announcements and plans by companies such as Facebook and Apple
  2. Exposure from the writing community, as well as those organizations interested in the topics in Stephen Black's books. Topics include Asia, Bali, art, entrepreneurship, traveling and other lifestyle/cultural topics.
  3. The platform of The Mango Sticky Rice Experience attracts those interested in food, nutrition, cooking, and culinary cultural experiences: foodies.
  4. Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels, with paid advertising planned for Facebook.
  5. Targeted personal messages to podcasters, bloggers and social media influencers
  6. A physical presence at ARIA @MIT, SXSW(Austin) and the Game Developers Conference (San Francisco)
  7. The Alphabet Tour is about creating mutually supportive networks. If your product or service requires a hands-on demo, or is best explained in person, this is a great opportunity.
  8. I will do my best to promote all associated with the Alphabet Tour. 

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Stephen Black

China's Silicon Valley
Stephen Black in Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

ARphabet Tour: Bubiko Foodtour

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Bubiko Foodtour is a character created by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama. Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves mango sticky rice. She is very knowledgeable about food, especially the foods of Southeast Asia. Her favorite phrase is "Aroi mak mak".

This version of Bubiko soon to be revised.

Bubiko's blog is here, but most of her online adventures are on this blog, like this post.

Bubiko's Instagram account is here.

Twitter @bubikofoodtour

Facebook

Bubiko's photographs of Ipoh are in a book on Amazon.

She is making a book about the food of Shenzhen.

Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen
games made with ARKit and Unity
An AR game featuring Green Bean Boy, with Bubiko. Created by Dominique Wu, founder of Hummingbirdsday Studio

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Friends of the ARphabet Tour

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

The ARphabet Tour is a direct result of the Bubiko Orwell Tour of Southeast Asia, which took place from 2016-18. Being on the road constantly is both extremely rewarding and extremely challenging.

The following are the organizations and companies that kept us going; they are lights that kept the darkness from defeating us. As for the individuals, I am still thinking of how I can ever thank  them all.

Please at least skim through this list, and click on as many as you can. They are all good people offering great value in their respective fields.

For now, links and short descriptions; the  behind-the-scenes stories will appear in Alphabet Spikes.

Kerr Sun. 
The Global Marketing Company for Real Estate




Good PR starts with good stories--and Bridges tells good stories. John and/or Nan will get you where you want to be.
John Forty and his team consistently make sure that their clients receive their goods from China on time, and only after rigorous Quality Control.

Maker magic in the heart of Shenzhen, the Silicon Valley of China. Henk, Hans and a whole lot of gear, expertise and connections.

Great rooms, art, fun and the best view in Ipoh
Award winning luxury in Ipoh
The Golden Triangle Palace Hotel: a treasure in the heart of Chiang Rai
Wow stuff galore! 
Storytellers’ Kitchen is all about engaging with technology by doing, and learning how to apply those skills to a variety of disciplines and mediums.
Drones. Educational drones. Fun. Fun. Fun. Lunchbox FPV!

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.