I discovered this event only a few hours before it began, thanks to Gene at the seed coworking space. I had no idea what to expect, though I have attended many pitching events around the world/pitched to a number of VCs at the 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen event. I was intrigued, wondering what would be pitched. Fintech, food, IT, AR, VR, block chain; these would be likely topics, though I hoped there would be something that would work locally and internationally.
Other contestants/ideas: Moni Featchurs( portable theaters for community events),Smith Innovations ( windproof table/umbrellas), Clean Car Technology (cleaning components that are friendly to humans and the environment), HER Wines Ltd. (customized wine events for women).
Diana Patton, with a serious smile, shared her goal of meeting Michelle Obama. Diana's RISE program is already improving the lives of students in the Toledo area. Her presentation was genuine, dramatic and moving.
Jacob Beakas and his partner presented a plan to provide UToledo students with foods grown locally.
The star of the show, however was Ateeq Najib, a 16 year old award-winning boxer. He opened his presentation explaining why boxing gloves need to be improved: hand injuries are very common. Ateeq explained how he tested various materials and gave other examples of the research he did. If he won, he would use the money to create prototypes. Ateeq's sincerity and thoroughness were impressive.
and ALEXANDRA SMITH.....Bubiko will be able to sing!
Vikrant is a very talented musician. Alex is a gift: so perfect for this project, it seems like destiny. Alex is classically trained in opera and she often works as a Disney Princess, singing children's songs!
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.
This is outdated. For my startup plans, write to me directly at bubikofoodtour at mark gmail.com. Please look for more recent posts. This, for example, is an overview of the first three months of my AR activities in 2019. Thank you. SB
to become the Pixar of AR...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).