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From my TV and gamemaking days, I have some familiarity with compositing. Although it is almost certain that I will never become a compositor, I sat in on Hugo's seminar. I think I retained about .001% of the technical information that Hugo shared, but observing his workflow and troubleshooting tips was inspiring.
The Addams Family: Reintroducing a Classic: the presenters, co-director Conrad Vernon and Producer Alexa Schwartz, spoke about the challenges in creating a new version of The Addams Family. Although the story is contemporary, the two looked at the original drawings of Charles Addams. His drawings, featured in The New Yorker magazine, were the basis of the original TV show.
Conrad and Alexa presented like the professionals that they are. They completed each other's sentences. They kept the topics moving. Perhaps they rehearsed and planned for a long time, or maybe they just improvised so informatively because they knew their subject so well. They showed clips and explained the stories behind them. If there is an Addams Family Hall of Fame, Conrad and Alexa should be in it.
Animated movies have their own unique characteristics, but they also act as "containers" for other art forms, music being the most obvious example, drawing being another. However, successful animated characters are the result of combining drawing, sculpture, programming and... dreaming. Animated characters are often realistic, but they can ignore the laws of physics. Dreams and animation need no logic.
Having said that, the more a VFX operator/CG artist/animator studies reality, the better. Noticing the almost imperceptible muscles movements of the human body results in all kinds of possibilities, especially when one must make a character react to something unexpected. The following clip was shown by Theodore Tye, as part of his excellent presentation entitled Beyond Eye Darts: A Closer Look at Acting for Animation:
This masterclass, through the analysis of clips from animated and live- action films as well as acting theory, takes a fun, in-depth look at the study and execution of both comedy and dramatic acting for animation.
Following is one of the clips shown to exemplify a reaction worth studying.
I have just settled down after travelling for over two months. I am still processing all that I learned and experienced at VIEW and an other post is on its way.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
This blog post is a sample of the guide, which is available on Amazon.
Welcome to R3.
This is a response to an urgent need to share information.
Influences: a. “make it fast, not perfect”
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.
9/3/2019 4th edition
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.
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.
Augmented Driving AR will increase the amount of information available to drivers, thus increasing driving skills and traffic safety, especially when combined with AI.
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
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:
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 debuted at the Tech in the Tenderloin event. http://www.blacksteps.tv/tech-in-the-tenderloin-2019-salvation-army-kroc-center-san-francisco/
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 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/
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)
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.
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.
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 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.
Bubiko has an Instagram account. She also made one book:
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.
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.
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?
At present the following are only proposals. Of course we hope they happen. Please vote!
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 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!
Pierogis are Polish dumplings. Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand. Roll out the barrel and let the fun begin!
Novaby: 3D Model of Bubiko
Dana De Moreira S Hagan: Technical Support
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:
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!
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