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A Magic Leap of Thanks

I am soon releasing what will be a historic AR project.

However, as I write this, on October 23rd, 2017, AR is almost completely unknown. Definitely this will change. Very soon hundreds of millions of phones will be able to use AR technology for entertainment, educational and industrial uses.

But for now, AR is very difficult to describe, despite great videos like this and this.

It would be understandable if people thought I was crazy. I am constantly talking about a little chef named Bubiko Foodtour and a photo exhibition "that you can see in your phone, but isn't really there". I don't have a demo or a mockup. I obviously need a haircut and a new pair of shoes. Life is nebulous.

And yet, the following people have supported me. (IN ADDITION TO MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.) These people "get it". I cannot thank them enough. Very soon the app will be ready and things will become even more interesting. I will never forget this year, with its stops in Johor Bahru, Jakarta, Bandung, Kuala Lumpur, southern Thailand and of course, Ipoh. THANK YOU.

Abby Hotel: Mr. Liew and his team have been incredible. This hotel has been like a home. A home with a great view, and surrounded by some of the best food in Southeast Asia!

So... you post something on the social media groups for professional AR/VR people. You are not a company; no logo, no track record in AR... you ask if anyone wants to lend their logo as a sign of support. If you are as fortunate as I was, you establish contact with a company like Baltu Studio. Peter Costa, the CEO and I hit it off immediately. Baltu specializes in VR/AR, especially audio. I was delighted to discover Creative Director Justin Leo Kennedy's board game synthesizer! (Let me repeat that: board. game. synthesizer.)

BridgesSome people do not see how everything is connected; others do. Bridges "gets it" and specializes in communicating messages that all can understand, that all can connect with. When I think of Bridges, I think of stories, decisive actions and the Bonzo Dog (Doo Dah)Band.

Emily Lowe and Emily 2u.

Emily and I met just before I started a 72 hour Facebook Live broadcasting marathon. As unusual as that was, she not only understood, she made it possible for me to do another, the 60 hour Symphony Suite Session. Emily's website is the place for Ipoh info.

The Dundercats,p>

From Casablanca to Secret Donut World, from Dexter's Lab to The Dundercats; I have known Stuart Rankin since my days at Cartoon Network/Turner Classic Movies.Now he is producing the Dundercats, whose musical misadventures take place in a variety of media, soon to include VR. Stuart is also a producer and editor, and his visual works are music to my eyes.

Jane, being as professional and visionary as she is, makes me wonder about what she might do with the potential of AR combined with tourism. Jane's Singapore Tours website.

Jewellery Design and Management International School

I was honored to become acquainted with the amazing people of JDMIS in 2002, just after I first arrived in Singapore. Since that time, we have shared countless personal, artistic and IT-related experiences. JDMIS combines old world craftsmanship with cutting edge technology, including 3D prototyping.

Trademark

The friendly people at Hock Moon Hiong and I have had great discussions about the future of food and AR. Their bak kwa, barbecued pork jerky, is legendary in Southeast Asia. I hope that some day, I can have a meal with Antony Vitillo, one that starts before twilight and finishes long after. We only know eachthrough online discussions. Antony has empowered me with his questions and advice. His company, Immotionar, creates full body VR experiences.Antony's online magazine is here. The second durational Facebook Live broadcast I did took place at the Symphony Suites Hotel in Ipoh..The room and the view were fantastic and the session was very productive: part artist-in-residence, part research, part content producer. During this time, free downloads of IPOH: 88 iPhonephotographs of Ipoh by Bubiko Foodtour were available on Amazon.

Creating at Thanas Digital Studio has been a blast! Photoshopping Bubiko Foodtour while babies are being photographed: what a delight!

Andrew Chen and the We Love Ipoh- City of Goodfood Facebook page are inspirations for photography and food ideas.

The title of this post is a combined reference to "leap of faith", 'thanks' and 'Magic Leap', a company whose name is associated with AR.

Here is what the Verge reported about Magic Leap on October 22, 2017.

Magic Leap, an augmented reality company that has never shipped or even shown a product, has just gotten a $502 million investment on top of its nearly $1.4 billion in existing funding. The round is led by Singapore holding company Temasek, and includes major existing investors like Google, Alibaba, and J.P. Morgan Investment Management. It adds to the mystique around the secretive company, which has been on the verge of unveiling a pair of compact augmented reality glasses since at least 2015. Two years later, its main output is still flowery paeans to its own greatness.

The 'you create your own dream' photo was take in a shop near the Symphony Suites hotel.

AR photo exhibition: Ipoh by Bubiko Foodtour

Thank you for your interest in what may be the first ever AR photographic exhibition. Bubiko Foodtour, the world's first AR superstar, is a chef who loves taking pictures of food, travel and culture. Here she presents her iPhone photographs of Ipoh, Malaysia. Full of natural beauty, great food and a fascinating history, Ipoh charmed Bubiko completely. Ipoh: 88 iPhone photographs by Bubiko Foodtour ebook on Amazon (THIS POST IS A PLACEHOLDER AND LINKS TO BUBIKO'S PHOTO EXHIBITION ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR HERE ON OCTOBER 13, 2017. THERE WILL BE LINKS TO iTUNES AND GOOGLE PLAY.)

Stephen Black/ Ipoh/Augmented Reality (almost)crowdfunding

ForwARd!

Hello!

My name is Stephen Black, and I am hoping you can help me with ideas and any kind of support you can. I want to make a simple project for the new technology of Augmented Reality. I am trying this direct approach for fundraising instead of crowdfunding. Crowdfunding will take too long and this is urgent, in a good and exciting way.

Allow me to introduce myself and my project to you:

My background is in art, television production (CNN, Fuji TV, Cartoon Network).I'm a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology. I worked for a gamemaking company, until 2007. I then began writing books, while waiting for AR, VR and mobile technology to become stable. This is happening now, and by 2019, there will be hundreds of millions of AR-friendly Android and Apple phones and tablets.

I have been introducing AR to food-related businesses in Southeast Asia. These activities led to an interview by the Malay Mail news service (circulation 100,000).The interview is scheduled to be be printed/go online October 14. A draft of the article is here. A concise background of my AR, VR, 360, art, photographic and other activities is here.

I hope to have a photo exhibition AR project online by then. The photos are of Ipoh, Malaysia.

So... at the moment I am scrambling to find $800.This covers the cost of the app and related expenses.

Please contact me if you can help. I am open to receiving donations that I will thankfully acknowledge and pay back/pay forward. However, I also hope to connect to individuals, companies or artists that would like to create future projects, whether art, entertainment or advertising.

THANK YOU

Stephen Black

bubikofoodtour (@)gmail.com A more detailed post on my AR activities.

PS: This is Bubiko Foodtour, another AR project I am working on, along with Secret Donut World and the Doughbots.

Notes on AR Startup Business Model

The startup will generate revenue in the following ways:

- Software (original IP, and possible synergies with Unity, Google and Apple)

- Digital Products, AR and 2D (direct download to individuals, bundling and through online stores)

- Character Goods, Advertising and Licensing (SDW, TD, Bubiko Foodtour)

- Character and AR Content Creation for Third Parties

"the Pixar of AR"

AR is a new medium. There are countless opportunities for entertainment, business and self-expression.

The following are now being reviewed:

Startup Growth Calculator by Trevor Blackwell

https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/31/the-complete-quantitative-guide-to-judging-your-startup/

The 10 Most Important Metrics In A Startup's Financial Statements by Tomas Tunguz http://tomtunguz.com/ten-financial-metrics/

Notes on a Million Dollar Budget for an AR Startup

My company aims to be the Pixar of AR: original characters and software, with a surprise or two. Assuming that I am fortunate to receive one million dollars, how would the money be spent? Actually, I would prefer to bootstrap, but after ten years of only writing books and purposely doing no marketing, that might not be very efficient: it takes money to make money. It is said that bootstrapping teaches one how to earn money, while investor funding teaches one how to spend money... In any, event, the following exercise is good practice.

It could be as simple as...

250,000 for IT: research, model creation,programmers, cloud storage

250,000 for staff and rent (although I strongly believe that for the first year the company benefits most from being a "digital nomad" )

250,000 for promotion

250,000 held in reserve

Realistically, more detailed planning usually eliminates inefficiency.The first 18-24 months could look like this:

Model creation of 35 3D characters (textures,rigging etc.).200K

Staff......................................................200K

Promotional Tour...........................................150K

Cash Balance on Starting Date..............................200K

Domain/Name/Cloud Services/Big Data.........................50K

Research:.................................................. 50K

Digital Marketing...........................................50K

Equipment/Storage Rental....................................50K

Start Up expenses...........................................50K

For now, the above is a good starting point.Elsewhere, I have started an Excel document that will go into much more detail on a month by month basis.

The Wall Street Journal Startup Calculator

U.S. Small Business Association Guide to Startup Costs

EMU: Notes on a Promotional Tour for an AR Startup

Potential investors in my AR startup need to know the company's GTM strategy, GTM meaning Go To Market. Based on my experiences in teaching gamemaking, art and network television promotion; I strongly believe that live demonstrations and instruction are the strongest ways ways to gain users and create outstanding services for them. Although AR is simple to use, a deeper appreciation usually results when there is a personal connection. The advantages of watching and listening to users cannot be overestimated.

A carefully planned "digital nomad" approach to business growth/promotion/publicity/marketing can result in a large and diverse user base, as well as networking opportunities that are difficult to obtain online. This approach has been successfully tested, even without a product. The 2018 tour, properly funded and planned, will build upon the network established in 2017.

Starting in January, 2018, the tour is based upon a successful crowdfunding campaign concluding at the end of October, 2017.

EMU= Events, such as South by Southwest + Meet Up events, self-organized.

Tour Ideas, subject to change:

2017

NYC, NY DMWF Digital Marketing Conference, November 7, 8

2018

PARK CITY, UTAH Slamdance Film Festival http://www.slamdance.com/ January 18-25

PROVO, UTAH One of the top ten American cities for Startups and Entrepreneurs

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK

TORONTO, ONTARIO Toronto Gift Fair, Canada’s largest, produced by Canadian Gift and Tableware Association January 28-Feb 1

MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Festival of Lights Feb 22- March 4

AUSTIN, TEXAS SXSW March 9-18

SINGAPORE

All In! Young Writers Festival, organized by the Singapore Book Council March 16-18 Confirmed participant, now developing programs for storytelling in AR and VR

Internet of Things/Iot Asia March 21-22,2018

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

JAKARTA, INDONESIA

BANGKOK, THAILAND

HO CHIH MINH CITY, VIETNAM

HANOI, VIETNAM

HONG KONG, SAR

OSAKA, JAPAN

TOKYO, JAPAN Design Festa late May

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

PORTLAND, OREGON

SAN FRANCISCO,CALIFORNIA

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

LAS VEGAS,NEVADA

BOULDER,COLORADO

DENVER,COLORADO

NASHVILLE,TENNESSEE

ATLANTA, GEORGIA

MIAMI, FLORIDA

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK New York Comic Con

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

IPOH SING: New works by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

Visual art, video art, haiku and photographs of Tiong Bahru Singapore and Ipoh, Malaysia. Stephen Black: artist, producer, author of the bestselling book, i ate tiong bahru. Bubiko Foodtour is AR's first indie superstar! Aroi mak mak!

Tiong Bahru Mouth by Stephen Black

Ipoh in August by Stephen Black and Bubiko Foodtour

This post is a response to the Singapore/Ipoh Causeway Exchange Project

https://www.facebook.com/tiongbahrumouthhaiku/

i ate tiong bahru

Support:

KooKee

Abby Hotel

22 Hale Street Heritage Museum

Stephen Black is now completing an ebook of visual imagery called iPoh, iPhone. If you would like a free copy, send a reason why to bubikofoodtour atmark gmail.com. Bubiko is on Facebook.

Bubiko Foodtour Update: August 23, 2017

In June 2017, public actions began for Bubiko Foodtour, a character who will soon be appearing in AR(Augmented Reality). These actions involve networking, photographing Southeast Asian foods for a Bubiko Foodtour book project and informing the general public about the possibilities of AR with examples such as these:

Additionally, my background with VR is explained, and these two projects are shared: Beach Road (a short 360 movie I co-produced with hiverlab) SPOKEN a virtual galley, curated by myself, co-produced with Eugene Soh and featuring a variety of artists and writers. Regarding my background related to my AR startup, this link and this collection of links.

Unlike Pokemon and other characters that have made an impact in AR, Bubiko is starting from zero: a grassroots, bootstrapping approach. Her base is being built in Southeast Asia, for two reasons. First, Bubiko is “ä littlë chef from Thailand”, who is currently researching Southeast Asian food for her book project.

Secondly, Southeast Asia is ideal for gaining the first-hand knowledge necessary to create successful international AR experiences. SE Asia is a complex, multicultural and expansive environment for gaming/digital entertainment. Lessons learned here minimize unpleasant surprises for a global launch.

We are now creating a Bubiko Foodtour mockup, one much more hi-tech than this:

Although Bubiko’s character is now being created (in Z-brush), she is being introduced to, and discussed with, a variety of individuals, restaurants, companies and organizations.

Just as AR technology and Bubiko continue to develop, the following database will also expand, creating possibilities of many kinds. Also, not all of our plans and activities are outlined here; do get in touch if you would like to know more.

onwARd,

Stephen Black

ART

David Severn (UK/Japan)

Stephen Black (US/Asia)

Trees of Life (Japan)

Harsho (India)

Richard Haughton

Eugene Soh (Singapore)

Syauqi Kahar (Malaysia)

Ruben Pang

FOOD

Straits Affair Peranakan Food and Culture Specialists Melacca

Ambroggio

Samm’s Farm Coffee producer/ two cafes Bandung Indonesia

Pizza Puzzini Swedish pizza in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Russel's Tea Sri Lanka

Oatmygod Whole Wheat Snacks Taiwan

Regent Pandan Layer Cake Shop

FUNDING DISCUSSIONS/LEGAL

- Singapore-based VCs

- Johor Bahru, Malayia-based VC

- San Francisco-based VC

- American/Asian IP lawyer specializing in IP

- colleagues and leaders of industry

TECHNOLOGY

Pet Shop Box Studio: specialist in digital stickers

Google seminar on VR for artists by Michael Neimark, Google's first artist in residence

Vive/NVidia bootcamp Google Earth VR and TiltBrush demo at Cooler Lumpur, KL

3D printing

NVidia

Imagineering

Unity

University of Monash (research)

VR Lab

Nearly every vendor of VR gaming software that we see!

SOCIAL MEDIA

Major push after Bubiko is officially ready

Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

Bubiko's blog

A (VR/AR/Haptics+)-based book proposal for agents-like-Lauren-Appleton

Hello literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

I hope all is well on your side of the interwebtubes! My name is Stephen Black and I have a book proposal that I believe will be of interest to you, one of the publishing companies whom you represent and millions of people interested in visual art, gaming and film-making.

Cinema 8.0 will be a timeless bestselling classic like Towards an Architecture

Towards an Architecture was written during a transitional period in which concrete, preformed materials and Modernism were replacing past paradigms and materials. Cinema 8.0 is being written during a transitional period in which VR, AR, social media and haptics are exploding the concept of "motion pictures".

An artist/producer/writer, I believe my finished text will be factual, inspirational and light-hearted. Just as Corbusier's book is evergreen, so will be mine. (A valuable resource has been this post by Ryan Holiday about the making of Perennial Seller)

Beach Road 360VR film featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

SPOKEN Unity-based virtual exhibition, curated by myself, co-produced with Eugene Soh.

Captioned virtual reality scene with two real men in it

Eugene Soh and Stephen Black

i ate tiong bahru A bestseller in Singapore. With. No. Marketing.

I've long lived in Asia, have worked for CNN, Cartoon Network, Fuji TV: writer, director, cameraman, producer. Collected as an artist, published as a photographer.

Here are blog posts that exemplify some of the research that I have done. The theoretical/inspirational components, as well as a chapter outline, can be viewed upon request.

Thank you for your time and consideration literary-agents-like-Lauren-Appleton!

onwARd,

Stephen Black

public section of Engadget Experience 100K grant proposal

Bubiko Foodtour: the world's first AR superstar

I discovered information about Lauren Appleton, and her request for manuscripts, here. I wrote the above with a great deal of respect and, hopefully, in a way that prevents internet search complications or misrepresentations.

Oh yeah...a book cover about immersive environments A working title, now scrapped.

Toyo Project 2

Toyo Project 1 is here

Again, I am in Kuala Lumpur, it is 2107 and Toyo is messing with my mind.

Seeing the picture in the first post was a shock. That night: Walking around the Lower East Side with some people on a lot of broken glass and we went to a bar first and the streets were all bodegas and Korean florists and guys selling drugs or dime bags and everything was fun, burnt out and/or threatening when we walked in the music was on and we were overlooking things and there were pipes and sculptures all over.

I took this photo of Toyo that night. Or so Toyo tells me.

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Hi Steve, sorry I couldn't serect any of Photos yet,? I have some question to ask, do you have an idea of Title of this book project? And where is Forcusing of my photo work? Like which period?like 80s Ny or NoSeNo 99 night event? You are thinking combining your NoSeNo Video, means you are more detail of your project , let me know wher to forcus my photos?!

WED 12:26PM

Hi Toyo...

Photo book.. no title yet...

Subject is simply ten photos. Up to you, but I hope I can decide 2 or 3. The point is to put together something that is interesting and full of information and stories. SO it could be anything... but maybe it is good to have only a few from No Se No, because that is so famous already.. As for teh video... I am not sure how it will work yet... I am thinking that my black and white videos will be the heart of the project. And some things, like No Se No, you also have... But the final result cannot be predicted right now. I am just wondering if you are interested or not. If you don't want, to.. I understand... If you are interested...for now that is good enought. I can include you as a possibility in my proposal. Then when I start to see my footage, I can better understand what can be made. For example, I videoed you talking... that must be interesting. Is all of it interesting? Is the tape damaged? Maybe you talk about something and you have a photo of it.. I remember you were speaking in Japanese... but you said "Don't carry mugger money" Maybe you have a photoof that. Maybe I have a photo or video of that... Konokanji... these kinds of questions... I am sorry I am not clearer...but I hope it will be an interesting experience and video.

Book again... if you have a theme or topic or title, I am happy to use it.

Steve Thankyou your reply, I'll talk to you later I gat go dentist appo again. Ok?

Ha ha ha... Japanese joke. I hope the dentist is Ok for you...

WED 4:44PM

THU 3:51PM

Hey Steve, yeah I get something from your comment, about forces! You are not forcing me and my photo so as you are not forucing you and your video,you are interested to make interesting book!? Combination of my photos with your video work and with some writing (story). I'm interested your Idea Steve! You are good writer that you showed me in Facebook. You have something in your head! Like christa G and Stelarc. .. Etc . That we can talk about or tell story about ?! I don't know now we should think and talk more ok ? I'll send you something later

THU 9:52PM

Toyo.. Please do not worry about the story.. The starting point is the photo. It can be a not famous person or a landscape or teh snow on cars. Anything! A tree a show a performance, teh sculpture garden The question is What is in your heart that you want to share?

8:50PM

Toyo... what do you think? Maybe we do one photo a week, or one photo a month? It is important for me to create a blog post that introduces the 10 photos...

Steve I'm sorry not moving our project well, I'll try to serect few tommrow to send you . All period of photos are from my heart.anyway imgoing to start early Ny snap shot, ok? I send you one special for you!

Toyo... No problem at all!

Now we have a start! I know every image is from your heart! I will show you the blog post in a day or two.Then if you think is OK, I will share with people slowly... Yoroshiku onegaishimasu. T H A N K Y O U

(TOYO SENT THE PHOTO THAT IS IN TOYO POST 1) Toyo... who is that singing?

Alright you see image ijust send? You are with microphone got it!

?????!!! Is that 8BC? Where?

Is that an image you want to use in the book maybe? I don't remember that event right now...

haha if you want we can! That was Jhon Sanders( sculptor) Party scene 1983 or 84. Many NoSeNo performers are there, the Brond lady is Shrin Take (Electra in a Bill's play Sharon Take next block from NoSeNo on Rivington st Basement studio

A SAturday night... Many pipes in teh ceiling.. a basement I was there only one time!

Idont know What Day night?! But you found your memory!yes? I too only went once Jhon was friend of Ray. Ok I send you one more image you took tho photo from my camera? I think,are you ready?

(TOYO SENT THIS PHOTO ) John , and me and other Brond girl!

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