ARphabet Tour: Secret Donut World

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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

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Eight reasons for sponsoring the ARphabet Tour

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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

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ARphabet Tour: Bubiko Foodtour

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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".

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

Bubiko's Instagram count 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

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Friends of the ARphabet Tour

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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!

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ARphabet Tour: The AR Aspect

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The ARphabet Tour has three platforms; the Mango Sticky Rice Experience, the Readings/Workshops Dimension and Augmented Reality. All three are related; yet all are separate.The AR presentation, for example, will only be about AR.

In 2018, Stephen Black gave two workshops and three presentations, plus several "semi-official presentations.

This blog post contains a summary of the topics presented at the Hong Kong PolyU workshops and presentations. For the upcoming ARphabet Tour presentations, the topics will be tailored to meet the interests of the organizations involved.

2019 Presentation: Bubiko and the Unicorn ARIA @ MIT

This talk shares the results of a two year digital nomad research tour which resulted in data bases of AR-related information as well as Southeast Asian food. Additionally, ideas on a "theoretical" AR-based unicorn are presented.

 

2018 presentations:

AR consultants
Poster for Stephen Black's presentations and workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, July 2018

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

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The ARphabet Tour starts on January 14/15 with ARIA (Augmented Reality in Action)at MIT, near Boston. Then New York City, Washington DC, Rochester New York, Toledo, Detroit, Ann Arbor Chicago, Austin (SXSW) and San Francisco(GDC)

As I write this, on January 1, there are no definite dates, but Rochester is likely in February. Wherever you are, let's talk and plan. Although professional and corporate possibilities may be part of the tour; its primary function is to create a network of people who would like to see AR used for entertainment and education.

Simply, get in touch and we will do our best to bring the ARphabet to you and your organization.

email ARphabettour @ gmail 

Facebook: ARphabet Tour

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ARphabet Tour AR Characters: The Dundercats

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Created by Six Cat Studios, the Dundercats combine entertainment, music education and the history of classical music. With experience with major public events (mainly concerts) and merchandising projects, the Dundercats are a welcome addition to the ARphabet Tour!

The Six Cat Studios  team: Aniela and Stuart. Aniela is an accomplished violinist and well-music educator. Stuart has produced and edited for  major television networks, in addition to his own independent projects. 

Do subscribe to this blog as the ARphabet Tour presents ideas and demos on how the Dundercats will provide music lessons in AR.

Six Cat Studios website.

Dundercats on Facebook.






Snap card game
Aniela teaching...
Publishing Magnates
Stephen Black , Book Merah CEO/author/AR startup founder , with Stuart Rankin, co-founder of Six Cat Studios.

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ARphabet Tour AR Characters: Green Bean Boy

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This blog post, like all of the others related the ARphabet Tour, will be updated frequently. Please check back, or better subscribe.

Green Bean Boy is a character created by Dominique Wu, the founder of  Green Bean Boy &  hummingbirdsday

Green Bean Boy is from the Planet Vert in the Haricot Galaxy...

Green Bean Boy loves the Blue Planet and is determined to defend it. He travels through time and space with his chronobean portal to defend the Blue Planet. Green Bean Boy helps everyone he can.
A mix of serious space science and literature, technology, art, and music, the Green Bean Boy game is a multidimensional experience in XR (AR +VR + MR).

Green Bean Boy's website: https://greenbeanboy.com 

Dominique is now finalizing a game demo made with ARkit and Unity. We are very happy to announce that the game features an appearance with Bubiko Foodtour!

The programming and debugging talents of Michael Stragey have made  the demo as beautiful as a diamond lit by a million moonbeams! 

DOMINIQUE'S ON LINE PORTAL TEST NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!

The demo will be part of Stephen Black's presentations at ARIA at MIT on January 14, 2019.

Hummingbirdsday

Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. Story by Stephen Black (work in progress)

The demo and  discussion will also be part of the ARphabet Tour.

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Le Wagon Shenzhen Presentation: Art and Technology, by Stephen Black

Le Wagon is a fantastic organization dedicated to teaching people how to code. It was a dreamlike honor to present my work, surrounded by the nightlife of Shenzhen, the new Silicon Valley.

However, the Powerpoint above mysteriously chose not to display every image. Here are the slides with a voiceover.

LATEST NEWS: THE ARPHABET TOUR 

ARKit games made with Unity
Presentation at Le Wagon, Shenzhen December 26, 2018
Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
Stephen Black's 100 day tour of America. AR, books and mangos.

ARphabet Tour: the time is now.

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This ARphabet Tour idea seems to be rushed! Why?

  1. I want to make/produce/write AR content as soon as possible. The 100 day tour is crucial for research and development. The time to make AR content  is now. Facebook and Apple are two of many major companies releasing AR smartglasses within the next 48 months. Those AR glasses will need content and experienced content makers. 
  2. Unexpectedly, I was invited to be a part of ARIA at MIT, on January 14.  Also unexpectedly, last December, I was invited to pitch to Venture Capitalists at TechCrunch Shenzhen. I had originally planned to finish another book, Alphabet Spikes at this time, then create a business plan for the AR startup. However, TechCrunch and ARIA are fantastic and humbling opportunities. I must build upon them. Now.
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  1. I have been in Asia for a while and it has been good. But, I have missed my family and friends greatly. (Yes, this is really reason #1.)

4. I am now very familiar with Asia’s relationship with AR. I am aware of the medical and industrial uses of AR in America. As for AR and entertainment, I want to learn more about the consumer environment for my Pixar-like ideas (AR-centric original characters, stories and software), as well as build a network for them.

The same research and data is necessary for making a unicorn from a different idea.

discussing technology
Hong Kong MakerFaire 2018

5. 2019's fast.

6. Digital nomadism: again. Movement means flexibility, constantly meeting new people, checking the reality of existing and planned IT services (including 5G); and efficient scheduling. Results: all kinds of awareness, support networks and realistic plans.

7. By the time of SXSW and GDC in March 2019, there will be solid, new and improved plans and demos.

8. Bubiko says so!

Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
Stephen Black's 100 day tour of America. AR, books and mangos.


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