The goal is to prepare for the possibilities of AR cinema.
This post documents a simple test. The Bubiko model used for the Tech in the Tenderloin event was used. Two locations: a garage and an open piece of land. The objective: to gain an understanding of what a “stage” can be in AR. AR is a new medium; to use the established techniques of theatre, television and movie is to fail to grasp the uniqueness of AR. Performance art and dance provide clues.
Notes: Spark used
Occlusion not a concern at this time
Ambient light a constant
Size and scaling of Bubiko purposely varied
Bubiko was created by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama
iPad used; no manual controls nor color correction
ARBICLE- A piece of bicycle equipment, with partial or total augmented reality functionality. A bicycle light with some AR functions is an arbicle. A device which acts as a "AR computer", exclusively managing AR functions for the bike, traffic and rider is also an arbicle.
The word "arbicle" was coined by Stephen Black in 2019, in response to a perceived need for AR-compatible bicycle gear.Stephen Black is a writer, a visual artist and an AR/VR producer.
The chart above is a hypothetical overview and no such network or devices now exist. LIDAR is used an example of a traffic monitoring system. In reality, LIDAR is heavy, delicate and extremely expensive. Unlike autonomous vehicles, bicycles must have an attentive human steering and braking. Thus,LIDAR would be unnecessary. However. sensors detecting objects within a range of 50 feet around the bike would be advantageous. An arbicle featuring a rear view camera with a feed into the visor or smartglasses is an obvious need. ARbicles specializing in emergencies would be another obvious need.
Also, if you are near San Francisco's Tenderloin District on June 28th, you are warmly invited to the world premier of Bubiko Foodtour!
Bubiko will be at the Novaby booth at the Tech in the Tenderloin Fair! her app will not be on dispaly, as we haven't made it yet, but Bubiko will be hosting an interactive event that is sure to be a crowdpleaser.
A collection of posts regarding AR and Bicycling can be found here.
Traffic planning in the age of the cloud. I have read a lot and talked to many experts, but the questions in this little chart still are unanswered. To me, at least. Any ideas or thoughts are welcome; just use the comments section. Thank you! If you are an expert and want to be credited, or interviewed for my upcoming books just let me know. One book is about AR and bicycle safety. the other is about AR and traffic. (Have not yet finalized the titles.)
Obviously, the following is hypothetical; I can't think of any existing city which could accommodate five one-way lanes of traffic.
CURB ACTIVITY: Pedestrians. Parking spots for ebikes,bikes, scooters, fire hydrants, subterranean electricty and water lines, wheelchair access, bus stops, taxi/Uber/Lyft pick up and drop off areas
BIKE LANE: Individual and groups of riders, ll requiring two-way communication for weather, traffic patterns etc.
AV LANE small and large vehicles, some functioning as mobile rooms (classrooms with remote teachers, discussion rooms, meeting rooms, chill rooms, even mobile workout spaces with offsite trainers)
EMERGENCY LANE/DELIVERY LANE/BUS LANE Could something like this be managed? By whom? Would involve communicating with AVs.
TRAFFIC SIGNAL With proper traffic planning, autonomous vehicles would not need to "see" a physical light. and in this slightly futuristic scenario, could the traditional red/green/yellow lights be replaced by screens? Not just colors could be displayed, but traffic information.
WHO IS USING WHAT KIND OF AR? Pedestrians- shopping, entertainment and internet services/information and maps for walking.
Bicyclists- maps and traffic information, internet services, including music.
Autonomous Vehicle2 A regularly scheduled "classroom mobile"with four students, a human teacher and AR educational materials.
Vehicle 1: the Bubiko AR movie is on Google Cloud, the AR meeting is hosted on Apple's iCloud service, the other parent is using Facebook's cloud service. The windshield display is by WayRay and hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud service.
Vehicle 2 is fitted with a Sony mobile AR classroom and the windshield AR hosting software is by Kamatera.
Emergency Vehicles: capable of seeing and interacting with emergency situations before arriving. Connected to a central traffic planning system, emergency vehicles and AVs are capable of maneuvering so that emergency vehicles get to their destination as quickly as possible.
Autonomous Delivery vehicles can be programmed to deliver with minimum traffic interference; for example at specific low traffic times.
Curb Activity is monitored by Open Curbs, Populus and Remix, all of whom feed information into private and government service providers who then use AR to provide information to those in traffic.
Road surface conditions: Potholes, floods, ice and snow. Monitored and then delivered to a central traffic planning agency.
Underground: sewers, flood control, power cables and more. Information available by AR
Drones: somehow drones will enter into the mobile AR picture...
Stephen Black: This post is a breakdown of my experiences with AR/VR/Spatial Computing. It starts with 2002, though I received a BFA in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology well before that.
Before 2002, I lived in Tokyo, Manhattan, Paris and Hong Kong, and worked in network TV, fine arts, photography and music. A fuller biography can be found here. But AR is the topic of this post...
2002-2007. In Singapore I worked as a creative director for a 3D game making company that was also doing something like Youtube,-- but three years before Youtube. Although I was not a developer, I learned a great deal about spatial computing, and taught 3D gamemaking in Singapore, including classes at the Singapore Science Center. It was during this time, that David Severn and I developed the Secret Donut World characters.
2007- 2014 Singapore/Bali: wrote novels, including a bestseller, was involved with 3how and researched VR and AR.
2014 SPOKEN, with Eugene Soh; a curation of a wide range of artists.
2014 The Oculus signaled the emergence of VR, and I began notes for a book about VR cinematography.
2015 In Singapore, a chance meeting with Ender Jiang, the founder of Hiverlab, resulted in the opportunity to make my first 360 film. Ender provided me with technical support and creative freedom and I am extremely grateful for that opportunity. The resulting film, Beach Road, featured a soundtrack by Bani Haykal and Chen Yi Qi, and was selected as a demo VR film in the Hybrid Arcade session of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival in November 2015, and was nominated as the Best Experimental VR Film in the VR Fest Las Vegas 2016. It was also fetured in a VR film festival at the Singapore national Museum. Beach Road was receiving a healthy number of views and comments before a technical change in Google Play took it off. At the time of this writing, Beach Road is on Veer and has received almost 5000 views.
2016 The year began with discussing a VR startup idea with VCs in Singapore. Though the discussions went well, the lack of a prototype slowed things down. Shortly after, the release of ARCore and ARKit resulted in a halt to VR the possibilities of AR were assessed.
By April, AR had become the focus and the decision was made to become the "Pixar of AR": original characters, stories and software. With Sayuri Okayama, Bubiko Foodtour was originated.
2018 A presentation about AR was given at Sasin School of Business in Bangkok, later followed by two presentations and two workshops at Hong Kong PolyU, all at 80% capacity or higher.
2018Lotus Mountain, a 360 film was shot and post production began including VR art contributions from Scobot and a soundtrack by Rei Shimizu. The film is at least 80% done and finishing funds are now being searched for. Lotus Mountain was supported by Kando, and 8K Obsidians were used for most of the shooting. Noted Chinese VR filmmaker Leo Wei co-directed and produced.
Bubiko at the Rise festival in HK
Hong Kong Comicon
2018 Cross-promotional and development partnership with Six Cats Studios (HK), focusing on their original IPs, Ollie and Charlie.
2018 Presentations in Shenzhen, including Le Wagon and Tech Crunch Shenzhen.
Hello Turbosquid! As we all know Turbosquid provides excellent 3D models for use by game makers and builders of virtual worlds.
May I suggest that you allow the screen captures on your website to be used as something like a Creative Commons license? Doing so would allow energetic AR producers like myself, as well as all kinds of creatives to use those striking images... and we would be happy to credit you and the maker of the models. In short, we would be advertising for you!
I respect the model maker's skills and economic needs, and hope this idea can help promote them.
This suggestion is prompted by the following situation.
The creator of the powerful bike image was credited, both in the paper flyer (20 copies made in total) and here and here on line. The credit link went here, the cgstudio online shop.
The poster suddenly had to be made, less than 24 hours before the event, Ride of Silence. A strong simple image was immediately needed. The day after the poster was done, I contacted the maker, explaining and hoping they would agree that the use of the image is actually advertising/ a showcase for them/TurboSquid. The reply was that I could not use the image because I did not pay for the model. I wrote a second, positive email, explaining that I was actually advertising for them. The response was that I should contact TurboSquid and "everything is recorded".
I have not made any money from AR since I began researching/began a startup three years ago. The event is free. At present I do not even have a company set up.
PS Another 3D project I am involved with are the Dundercats. With both the Dundercats and Bubiko, we would certainly talk to creatives about using the characters in exchange for promotion. On a case, by case basis of course.
PSS If you happen to be a 3D model maker who has images of bikes/bike parts/bike riders in wireframes, and ARE COOL WITH CROSS-PROMOTION...drop me me a line! I am not making any money yet, but things look very good when we get our AP app out. Here is a bit about me. Thanks for reading to the very bottom of this post!
Stephen Black is a music/TV/VR producer, writer, visual artist and entrepreneur who is currently focused on AR, specifically a character called Bubiko Foodtour. Bubiko, a co-production with Sayuri Okayama, is blazing trails and creating networks that will result in new, as-of-now-unpredictable projects, as well as planned projects for the Dundercats, Secret Donut World and the Doughbots. Bubiko is being brought to life in 3D by the magicians at Novaby.
Involvement with AR and VR began in 2016, with the release of the Oculus. Stephen, with Sayuri Okayama, began a nomadic research tour of Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Shenzhen; the topics being Southeast Asian food and AR/VR startup ideas. Eventually, connections with food and drink producers will result in an online sales channel.
During this journey, called the Bubiko Orwell Tour, Stephen kept notes and began writing for a work in progress book called Alphabet Spikes. Also during this time, Bubiko published an ebook of photographs about Ipoh, Malaysia. Also, Stephen gave presentations about AR at the Sasin School of Business (Bangkok), Hong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Maker's Faire and at TechCrunch Shenzhen.
Virtual Reality + other movies +
Beach Road (2015) was written by, and stars, Stephen, who also co-produced with Hiverlab. Featured at VR festivals in Brisbane, Las Vegas and Singapore.
SPOKEN (2011)A downloadable virtual gallery, created by Eugene Soh and curated by Stephen. Features a great variety of artists, from internationally famous to unknown.
When I started to write books, I also decided I would do no marketing until I'd written eight books. That time for marketing is here, but at the moment AR comes first. This blog post may interest those who wonder what happens when you don't do marketing. You may be surprised.
Using the MonjaKids Creative Development Kit, Black taught all ages, including elementary school students, university students and weekend classes at the Singapore Science Center.
The Monja Kids CDK featured about 200 commands, allowing professional gamemakers to creat complex games. However, in the classes, only the basic commands were used.
In 2019, Black conducted two workshops and two presentations about AR. In Singapore he taught 3D gamemaking and classes in poetry performance. Black has taught English in Japan. Classes in writing and self-publishing are planned as part of the ARphabet Tour.
Xylophone and organ lessons as a child. In Rochester, photographed and videoed Personal Effects, now Margaret Explosion. In Manhattan, created videos and occasionally performed with Faculty Party.
In Singapore, Black worked frequently with Amith Narayan, musician and head of High on Chai Productions. The two cofounded 3how and co-produced the Riverwalk Session album. 3how was an improvisational music/theatre project that played the Night Festival, the LitUp Festival and the Red Dot Museum. An opera, Big Homer, based on a story by Black was performed. Some of the many talents involved with 3how: Wilson Goh, Justin Bannister, Kala Charan, Dave D'aranjo, Richard Lord and Roman Tarasov .
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Stephen received his Associate's Degree at the University of Toledo, then went on to Rochester Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photographic Illustration.
He then moved to Brooklyn/Manhattan where he worked at Young Filmakers/Video Arts, was in Faculty Party, an operatic band utilizing theatre, phase patterns and rock. Black participated in the Lower East Side Art scene to the fullest. It was here that he became friends, with, among many people, Toyo Tsuchiya. He interviewed Toyo as part of documentation of the LES, and in particular, the legendary No Se No/Rivington School art scene.
1984: Japan. Art, teaching English, photographing, videoing. Finally met, and became life-long friends with Stelarc. Documented, with photography and video, Kazuo Ono, the co-founder of butoh. An art space with Barae, a performer/dancer. Collaborations of all kinds. Work for Sony, Suntory, ABC News, MTV and Philip Morris. Assisted Annie Liebovitz when she came to Tokyo for a monthlong American Express Shoot. This post is about Black's experiences in the Tokyo music scene. It is part of the Unlocking With Ears series that also talks about Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.
In 1994, Black spent the year in Manhattan, working for Fuji TV on the NYGO edutainment series, produced by Cannes award-winning director Toshio Uruta. Writing, producing and directing, Black worked with a number of American and Japanese acting talents, as well as some of New York's funniest comedy writers, including contributors to Saturday Night Live.
1995: Hong Kong. The Handover to China, employed as a promo producer for Cartoon Network and TNT, now called Turner Classic Movies.Art projects continued in the form of exhibitions and Noon, an art space in Black's apartment on Hollywood Road. In 1996 Black traveled to WuTang Shan in China, almost immediately after going to Tokyo to document the Tokyo "tour" of Yamo, a project by Kraftwerk drummer Wolfgang Flür. Black also produced two successful tours by Sadato, a Japan-based band led by Sadato (now Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi), an Iranian sax player/vocalist.
1998- 2001: Tokyo, on air promo producer for News Broadcast Japan, the six channels set up by Fox. Was responsible for hiring, purchasing equipment and co-ordinating with sales and marketing teams.
2001-2002. Tokyo: Exhibitions. Wrote the Agaricus blazei Murrill Notebook, the first book on the gourmet and medicinal mushroom. Also produced and directed Kiss, starring Japanese legendary actress Kumiko Akiyoshi. Pioneering, in that it was one of the first movies on the internet, it received over three million views in its first three months. Later, Black was director of photography on Bubu Again, Akiyoshi's debut as a feature length film director. In 2002, Black moved to Singapore to work as creative director for WalkerAsia/Compudia a visionary gamemaking/user generated content company established by Akihiko Seki.
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
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.
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 46-7:15 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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.