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.
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 Spikesat 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.
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.
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.
The ARphabet Tour is fun, serious and now taking bookings for the United States and Canada. After stops at SXSW in Austin, Texas and the Game Developers' Conference in San Francisco, The ARphabet Tour will wind down around the first of April.
Although I am planning an AR startup, the talk is about AR trends and developments. I am not using this tour as a way to directly seek investors or partners. I am interested in promoting AR as a whole.
Son of a book salesman, author of fiction and non fiction, writer for TV, websites and magazines, Stephen is well experienced with the art of writing. One of his books, I Ate Tiong Bahru, is a national bestseller in Singapore. The readings provide a behind-the scenes look at Stephen's writing techniques, inspirations ad challenges. Stephen's books and related videos and reviews can be found here.
Workshops, as much as possible, focus on ideas and text provided by students. After explaining his own writing process, write and share their own texts and ideas, which are evaluated individually and with the class as a whole. Workshops can be modified for any age group or level of writing experience. I have taught English in Japan,as well as creative writing/poetry performance in Singapore. I also studied in an invite-only class with Robert McKee, the legendary teacher and author of Story, the definitive guide to screenwriting.
Mango Sticky Rice. Yes, we will also be doing presentations and workshops on mango sticky rice. Why? Because mango sticky rice is Bubiko Foodtour's favorite food. We researched it extensively during our tour of Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand.
About Stephen Black
After graduating with a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Stephen Black experienced the growth of digital media from these viewpoints: as a photographer, as a video artist in New York's Lower East Side and Japan; as a producer/writer/director for Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies in Hong Kong, and as a self-publisher of ebooks, books and photography books.
He was first drawn to the possibilities of spatial computing/AR/VR as the creative director for a $3.2 million game-making startup in Singapore. In 2007 he committed himself to writing books, while anticipating the arrival of AR and VR. And here we are...
Now is the time to produce AR content for industry, art and entertainment- and games.
I have been involved with games/spatial computing since 2002, and am now ready to launch an AR startup that involves games, filmmaking and video/content production. If you, or someone you know, is interested in investing, I hope we can talk.
I can share the successful pitch I used at TechCrunch Shenzhen a week ago. As positive as the response was, it never hurts to share a vision, especially if that vision includes a unicorn. onwARd, Stephen Black
PS The flyer below is a bit out of date; the startup idea mentioned below includes games.
This blog has many posts about AR and startup plans, all of which are outdated, but do provide insights.
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 project is 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!
The Z-T sections are here.SSearchingRRiseBubiko Foodtour @ Rise.
Rooftop gardening @ HK PolyU.
The footage was taken with a Qoocam, which was part of a demonstration by Kandao at an event at HK PolyU, as part of the Maker Faire event.
After a Q and A session with Marco Pierre-White. Other Rise Q and A sessions: Metta World Peace, Brad Smith, and Mike Massimino. I shook Mr. Massimino's hand.
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:
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!
AR, VR and every R in between!
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.
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!
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!
Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first superstar.
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.
AR/VR: Artworks and Noteworthy Projects: Curated by Stephen Black
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.