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The educational side of Bubiko Foodtour

From the start, Bubiko Foodtour was meant to be a cross between Hello Kitty and Anthony Bourdain, with a dash of Charlie Chaplin.

Bubiko is a little chef from northeastern Thailand, just outside of Udon Thani. There, growing up, she learned how to make Issan-style food. However, she is also familiar with Lanna cuisine and other regional cooking styles of Thailand. Her favorite dessert is mango sticky rice. (Visit Bubiko's Instagram account to see the many locations where she sampled mango sticky rice.)

An early version of Bubiko, before she became 3D.

Bubiko has researched the food cultures of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali and Shenzhen, China. She has also spent time researching in Ventiane, Yangoon, Jakarta, Bandung and Hong Kong. Japan and the US as well. Again, you are invited to look at her Instagram, or search "Bubiko" on this blog.

Heart-shaped cookies in Ohio!

Bubiko's little photo ebook about the food of Ipoh, Malaysia is here, on Amazon. (And, her guide to AR, augmented reality, is here.)

As AR technology continues to improve, Bubiko will make educational AR projects for people of all ages about spices, vitamins, geography, cooking techniques and other concepts related to food.

Bubiko also really likes butterfly pea flowers, and one day will have an AR lesson about them.

Hummingbirdsday
Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. They are drinking butterfly pea flower tea, and the cake is garnished with butterfly pea flowers.

Butterfly pea flower ( Clitoria ternatea ) is found all over Southeast Asia. It used to make many types of foods and is also great in drinks; by itself or mixed with other ingredients, like macha. It is also used in soap, shampoo and other health care products.

Here is a great recipe for "Blue Surf Cake", on the Unconventional Baker Blog. Additionally, the blog has a number of great resource on where to buy butterfly pea flowers, as well as other natural colorings. Recommended!

Here the entire flowers were used as well. Image from Mario'z Eats blog.

A recipe for Butterfly Pea Flower Crepe cake can be found here, on the Mario'z Eats blog. Also informative, and the instructions are clear and well illustrated.

Finally, a recipe for Butterfly Pea Lemon Cheesecake, by a company called Secret Recipe.

We have no connection with any of the above recipe makers, and have not yet tried the recipes. However, these site "felt" trustworthy, and certainly have great images!

As Bubiko becomes more organized, she will be be creating more informative posts, using her own experiences, videos and recipes.

Oh yes, Bubiko's favorite expression is "aroi mak mak" which, in the Thai language, means "very delicious"!

Leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions for Bubiko, and do keep with her adventures on Instagram.

Bubiko Foodtour’s Unusual Guide to Augmented Reality

This blog post is a sample of the guide, which is available on Amazon.

the cover

INTRODUCTION

Hi.

Welcome to R3.

This is a response to an urgent need to share information.

 Influences: a. “make it fast, not perfect” 

                    b. wabi-sabi

                    c. ash from chaos 

                    d. Chungking Express 

                    e. The Zone System by Ansel Adams and Minor White

No person or company has paid me to have their name or product included in this document.

I am now notifying the companies and individuals mentioned. If your work is here, and I have not yet contacted you, I apologize. If you prefer that I do not share your work, let me know and  I will remove it immediately.

No one has received a promotional copy. If you have bought this, and we meet, I will buy you a beverage. Or two. If you bought this and it seems unlikely that we will meet, I will send you my other ebooks or find a way to make sure this purchase is something you are very happy with. Hint, hint, Bubiko and I are working on an app. (Many times in the past, I  have given out free ebooks; only to be surprised that people did not even open them; even my bestseller.)

If you use photos or text from this document, please credit accordingly:

Photo by Stephen Black from Bubiko’s Unusual Guide to AR

Text by Stephen Black from  Bubiko’s Unusual Guide to AR

Have a nice day.

onwARd,

Stephen Black

9/3/2019 4th edition

A

Anchor  The three points used to describe the location, in the real world, where an AR object has been placed. The more one understands about 3D geometry, the more one is prepared for AR. See also billboarding, geopost.

AR Cinema  Soon! http://www.blacksteps.tv/towards-an-understanding-of-ar-cinema-possibilities/

Arbicle  Any piece of bicycle equipment with AR capability.

A list of articles and links about AR, arbicles and bicycles: http://www.blacksteps.tv/arbike/

ARCore  The platform used to make apps for Android mobile devices. Released in 2018.

ARKit  Apple released ARKit in 2017; it is the platform used to make apps for iOS mobile devices.

[AR]T https://news.artnet.com/opinion/apple-augmented-reality-art-1624540

Augmented Driving  AR will increase the amount of information available to drivers, thus increasing driving skills and traffic safety, especially when combined with AI.

www.thedrive.com/tech/9548/the-biggest-opportunity-everyone-is-missing-in-self-driving-cars

https://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/100430

What Augmented Driving Will Feel Like, a SXSW presentation by Theo Calvin.

Avatar  A digital creation used to represent a person, possibly resembling a human, possibly not.

Augmented Reality  To ‘augment’ means to make something greater; to give it more power. The platform called ‘augmented reality’ is a network that adds digital information to real objects. Machines are needed to do this, and  to see the results. Thus, augmented reality is the real world and the digital information added to it, as well as the machines enabling us to experience both at the same time.See R3

   Digital information could be in the form of a 3D model of a real object made by a computer, like the furniture in AR apps made by Ikea, Wayfair and other companies.  Pokemon Go and Snapchat are other examples of AR. However, the digital information could also be live or pre-recorded video, music, podcasts,medical imagery, industrial blueprints, text information or many other types of content.

   A mobile phone, tablet, HMD (head mounted device) or eyewear is needed  to see/hear/feel the digital content.

   AR will change everything, even more than radio, television, computers and mobile phones.

Autonomous Vehicles  Vehicles capable of sensing their environment, making decisions and navigating without human input. AVs require the safest, most efficient AR data networks possible.

Augmented World Expo (AWE)  Over ten years old and still visionary. Recommended: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX-geVGmOvY

B

Billboarding The term used to describe a common procedure when positioning models in AR. Billboard means that the front view of the 3D model faces the viewer. Most AR apps allow the user to rotate the model so that another side of the model is presented to the viewer.

Bubiko in the starting position; ie billboarded.

Babble Rabbit The AR masterpiece of 2019.

Occlusion, light estimation, voice commands and more:

Patched Reality and 6d allow you to learn three years worth of ARness, and see the future: 

                                                                            https://patchedreality.com/                    https://www.6d.ai/

Bubiko Foodtour AR’s first superstar, a character created by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama. Bubiko is one of the results of a two year food/AR research trip in Southeast Asia. Bubiko is a trailblazer who shares her AR experiences with the general public as well as with AR practitioners. Bubiko often forms partnerships, such as one with Green Bean Boy, a character made by Dominique Wu at Hummingbirdsday Studios http://www.hummingbirdsday.com/. Other collaborations are planned with the Dundercats, by Six Cat Studios https://www.sixcatstudios.com/journal/2018/4/24/the-dundercats, and creations by David Severn http://david-severn.com/ . The 3D version of Bubiko was created by Novaby. https://www.novaby.com/

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

                                                                                                     

Bubiko debuted at the Tech in the Tenderloin event. http://www.blacksteps.tv/tech-in-the-tenderloin-2019-salvation-army-kroc-center-san-francisco/

C

Cannondale AR for bikes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F3jXZDNj38

Charlie Fink's Metaverse - An AR Enabled Guide to AR & VR

Cloud see R3

Computer vision Computers use lenses, radar and many kinds of sensors to learn about the world. These different ways of “seeing” are often combined with Artificial Intelligence(AI). The end result is that computers recognize objects as well as the many kinds of information connected to them.

Convergence

Convergence author and Forbes columnist Charlie Fink tells the story of Augmented Reality (AR), a new technology that's already seeping into every smartphone and every workplace. AR's merger with new 5G and AI technologies will unleash a wave of innovation that will enable wearable, invisible, latency-free and ubiquitous computing. The book uses a kind of mobile AR called "marker AR" to allow readers to use their smartphone to bring pages to life, demonstrating with art and entertainment how the world, and every person, place, and thing, will be painted with data. https://www.amazon.com/Convergence-World-Will-Painted-Data/dp/0578460556/

D

Depth sensing Recording scenes in 3D dimensions. See volumetric video

Debbie Ding An artist and a lecturer in Singapore. Some of Debbie’s students’ work can be seen here: http://www.blacksteps.tv/ar-hkpolyu-followup-2-students-work/

Dr. Ludo's Events on Hi-Techs4Humans: Workshops, Seminars, Lectures, etc. (Facebook)

E

Edge computing There are advantages to processing data as close to the user as possible, especially in regards to the Internet of Things. This means, to a large extent, a decentralized system. This localized/decentralized approach is called edge computing.

https://www.networkworld.com/article/3224893/what-is-edge-computing-and-how-it-s-changing-the-network.html

End User The person who uses the app or device. Always important, but especially when the product is meant for a specific demographic, like the elderly.

Eye Tracking The measurement of eye motion and activity.

Eugene Soh The Dude. Probably the first in Asia (who isn’t a Facebook employee) to create an Instagram Filter. https://www.dude.sg/    www.gallery.sg  

F

Facebook Spark vs. Facebook Camera http://www.blacksteps.tv/bubiko-foodtour-test-facebook-spark-vs-facebook-camera/ = �U0���

Thank you for your interest. The rest of the definitions are available at Amazon, in the guide itself.

Bubiko Scrapbook September 2019

Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand who loves AR. Her unusual guide to Augmented Reality is now on Amazon.

This post is an introduction to Bubiko's world.

July, 2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bubiko, the first paper version, based on a doll from Thailand. Bubiko is very knowledgeable about the food of Southeast Asia. Here she studies thunder tea rice.

July 2019 Pierogi Festival, Detroit. Bubiko. 3D version made by Novaby. In the summer of 2019, Bubiko debuted in two formats: Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera. Facebook Camera support by Dana Hagan.

doll with colorful drink
2017: At the Penang Food Festival in Kuala Lumpur. Bandung is the name of a popular drink. Aroi mak mak is Bubiko's favorite phrase. It means "very delicious"" in the Thai language.


https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4hK_hH8cV/

Bubiko has an Instagram account. She also made one book:

Available on Amazon




Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen, a work in progress.
Shenzhen is the Silicon Valley of China. A story about Shenzhen , written and photographed by Stephen Black for makermag.

ARKit games made with Unity
Presentation at Le Wagon, Shenzhen December 26, 2018 Pictured is an AR game collaborative test with Green Bean Boy, a character by Dominique Wu/Hummingbirdsday Studios.

November, 2018 Shenzhen. Stephen Black, pitching his unicorn idea to VCs at TechCrunch Shenzhen. (The unicorn idea is a separate idea from Bubiko/the Pixar of AR)

Sayuri Okayama, at the 2019 Reality Virtually Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab, sponsored by Magic Leap. 

S O with an early paper mockup of Bubiko. Ipoh Malaysia

A demonstration by Google in Kuala Lumpur.
computer users having fun
Chiang Rai, Thailand May 2018. Stephen Black and Suphakorn Traisrisin testing the HP Reveal AR software with Bubiko Foodtour.
Austin Chronicle, Bubiko Foodtour
A collection of Bubiko's 2019 SXSW blog posts are here.
Stephen Black's Bubiko-themed proposal for SXSW 2020 is here.
Sayuri Okayama's (Food + AR) proposal for SXSW 2020 is here.

Get behind it before it gets past you
Now on tour....Bubiko, Eggy, Ollie and Obasan A! R! Let's go!
Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
The plan: a tour of the US and Canada: readings, food tastings and AR, AR, AR.

SB at MIT. Next presentation by SB: OARC (Open Augmented Reality, Cloud) Munich, October 16, 2019.

Augmented Reality in Asia
Malay Mail article explaining Bubiko and her research about Southeast Asian food.
Bubiko is looking forward to the future, meeting other chefs and discovering new foods.

Bubiko's app is on its way! If you would like to be among the first to play with it, leave a message in the comment section. See you on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram!
BYE!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bs4hK_hH8cV

Bubiko and the Pierogi

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Her favorite food is mango sticky rice, and her favorite expression is "Aroi mak mak", which means very delicious in the Thai languge. Sayuri Okayama and I have been brainstorming about food and augmented reality since 2016, when we used a paper version of Bubiko.

Augmented Reality in Asia
Ipoh, Malaysia and an article in the Malay Mail
paper doll grey boxing for AR
A baby picture.

Finally, in July 2019, we had a 3D version of Bubiko. Novaby did a great job, and using the Facebook Spark and Facebook Camera apps, we were ready to augment reality with our little chef. The Facebook Camera idea and tech support were thanks to Dana.

Whiting, Indiana is home to both the Mascot Hall of Fame, and the Pierogi Festival. We decided to visit both on the same weekend, and had Bubiko's balloons decorated accordingly. Later, we took Bubiko to pierogi festivals in Detroit, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio.

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

Food and AR

End User or End Product

Is AR being used to create a user experience or an image to be used for publicity, marketing or other purposes?

Image made with Facebook Camera. Here Bubiko is promoting the event. Because this was made with FB Camera, Bubiko cannot be moved; once Dana set her position, she could not be moved.

Food close-up with Bubiko branding. Bubiko is our flagship, our beta tester. For now we have only one pose, but other poses and animated movements are in the works. Ultimately we aim to be the Pixar of AR; original characters, stories and software.
As seen on an iPhone 6 in Japan.
Scaling and size can be variable. This image was created with Spark AR which, unlike Facebook Camera, allows for different positioning and size of the model. Here Bubiko poses with the Licorice Guy and the Licorice Gal, one of the few non-pierogi vendors at the Pierogi Festival in Whiting.
To see more experiments in AR size, click here.
A small version of Bubiko with some of her favorite buscias at the Pierogi Fest in Whiting. Click here to learn about the buscias and other characters at the Pierogi Fest.
Bubiko is part Hello Kitty, part Anthony Bourdain. During our time in SE Asia, we did extensive research on local foods, as evidenced by Bubiko's Instagram account. Bubiko also did a photo book on the food of Ipoh, Malaysia and is planning one on Shenzhen, China.
Bubiko Foodtour
A guide to the food of Shenzhen. I Ate Tiong Bahru is my bestseller about the food and culture of Tiong Bahru, a community in Singapore.
As the population of "digital people", like Mike, continues to grow, some will become waiters, waitresses. maitre des and somelliers.

SXSW!

At present the following are only proposals. Of course we hope they happen. Please vote!

AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD: THE FUTURE OF DINING

This one is by my partner, Sayuri Okayama: AUGMENTED REALITY AND FOOD

This is my proposal, featuring Bubiko: XR: BIKE SAFETY, MUSIC AND BUBIKO FOODTOUR

Bubiko at the Mascot Hall of Fame

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Bubiko stopped by the Mascot Hall of Fame to meet Reggy and his furtastic friends! She also made time to sample pierogis at the Pierogi Festival!

Bubiko at the Pierogi Festival

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Pierogis are Polish dumplings. Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Roll out the barrel and let the fun begin!

Bubiko Foodtour test: Facebook Spark vs. Facebook Camera

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Novaby: 3D Model of Bubiko

Dana De Moreira S Hagan: Technical Support

Bubiko Foodtour's AR life began at the Tech in the Tenderloin event in San Francisco. Since that time, I have conducted tests like this, and this, in order to prepare for AR cinematography projects.

This post presents lessons learned with the Facebook Spark application, and compares Spark to a different AR application called Facebook Camera.

The 3D model of Bubiko is the same in both the Camera and Spark tests. The balloons were slightly modified, as one features Tech in the Tenderloin, and the other feature Reggy, the mascot of the Mascot Hall of Fame.

Color correction was made, in both cases, with the 'auto' function. Spark is brighter than Camera.

Spark allows the camera person to move around the model, as though it were a physical object. Spark also allows the size of the model to become different sizes. With Facebook Camera, the position and size of the model are locked. Only the front of the model can be seen, like a 2D image. Like a postage stamp.

In this case, Dana positioned Bubiko on the bottom right. We checked this position so that it also works in landscape mode. However, landscape mode seems to be unstable, based on my experiences. Fb Camera often enlarges and turns the background scene, like this:

Facebook Camera version (Sometimes using the landscape format works properly, sometimes it doesn't. In this case, I gave up after restarting five times.)
Spark version

Note the size of the pictures in the last two examples. Spark uses the dimensions of a mobile phone, Camera produces a more conventional image.

Finally: saving images. Spark, in my case, saved images directly into the iPad photo album.

Facebook Camera, on the other hand... Unless you actively go into the Facebook Archive feature, and turn it on, the images are only stored for 24 hours! I am hoping there is a way to retrieve some images I made, but so far have not been able to find a way to bring them back. Frustrating, as I am 99.9% sure I pressed "save" on the Facebook Camera app.

All images were created with an iPad.

Happy to reply to any questions or comments. Thanks for stopping by!

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I have to thank Dana Moreira S Hagan A LOT. For personal reasons, I unexpectedly found myself in Austin on a Tuesday, with the need to have the new version of Bubiko loaded in my tablet by 1PM the following Saturday.

On Wednesday, I went to Facebook, presented them with this letter:

Although I was told they would get back to me, they haven't. After constant searching, including meeting the very helpful PJ and Ramona at Impact Hub, I discovered Capital Factory. There were two events going on that night (Thursday), but two people, Brance Hudzietz and Erin Miller, put my request out on two different networks!

Finally, on Friday, about 6, I discovered Erin Ford at General Assembly. Thanks to Erin, about 7PM I started a phone conversation with Dana. Dana did not have the Mac-with-Mojave that was so desperately needed, but she did come through with the idea to use Facebook Camera which was an even better choice for testing.

Dana is great! https://dhagandev.github.io

Bubiko Garage Band Solo camera test

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

More testing. Another test is here. Playing around for now, getting ready for when AR filmmaking gets serious.

Again, Bubiko's other camera test is here. Bubiko's activities, including her talk at MIT and appearance at SXSW are here.

Bubiko in Lawnspace screen test

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

Bubiko: what is a stage?

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
This is Bubiko Foodtour, still with the balloons and banner she used for her debut in San Francisco, at Tech in the Tenderloin’s 2019 TNT Tech Fest,  Bubiko is a work in progress, this is not her final version.
Bubiko is a 3D model made by Novaby, based on ideas by Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama.
These images are a screen test of sorts, a way of documenting the possibilities and challenges of AR cinematography.
AR cinematography is one of my AR goals, especially making content for autonomous vehicles.
In these images. Bubiko was positioned near the white log. Only the camera (an iPad) moved. The software used was Spark. It was stable, except when used at long distances, in which case Bubiko appeared some distance away from the post.
The camera automatically controlled exposure. The light was even, the time being late afternoon/early twilight.
Occlusion was not important in this test, but I would love to use a software like 6D for testing.
Again, Bubiko did not move, but her size was changed in camera. AR cinema reminds me of machinima. There is another test of Bubiko HERE.
The format of the screen size is both an opportunity and a challenge.
Bubiko Foodtour models for some AR camera tests.
Interesting that the same model can have the size of a mouse, or a giant, or anything in between. Size in AR was the topic of this blog post. Thanks again to Fabian Winkler.
Bubiko is actually closer to the stump than this image suggests.
Sparks had some difficulty as I moved away from Bubiko's position. For this experiment it was simply an interesting development. If this were actually part of an movie shoot, I would reposition her, or do testing. It should be noted that wifi was not needed to create these images.

Bubiko Foodtour’s debut at Tech in the Tenderloin

Bubiko's guide to AR is now available on Amazon!

After three years+... the first baby steps of Bubiko Foodtour. Tech in the Tenderloin is an amazing event, this year again sponsored by Niantic. TNT was co-founded by June Sargent and Julia Beabout and we (Sayuri and Stephen) cannot thank them, and all involved, enough.

NEWS COVERAGE VIDEO HERE.

ANOTHER POST ABOUT THIS EVENT

We will write more about Tech in the Tenderloin, for now, I just want to share these.

3D models of chefs
Bubiko Foodtour's debut in the Tech in the Tenderloin

Obviously, many of these were shot off of a video monitor. With an older iPad. In low light. And, later the glaring green will be replaced with an interesting background.

FOR NOW, THESE PICTURES ARE PERFECT.

Here's a link to Bubiko at SXSW