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AR: a unicorn possibility is real, large, and very near

This post is interesting, valid...and outdated. Contact me at arphabettour at gee mail if you'd like to hear about my latest plans and activities. This post is also informative.


... I will be at ARIA at MIT.

Hello to those who attended my 2018 AR workshops and presentations! And, hello to those who are interested in my AR startup plans! Thanks for stopping by!

The state-of the art AR blog posts of last summer are now ancient history! The following eight blog posts are a glimpse into the latest AR developments and opportunities. 



Magic Leap



Amazon Sumerian

Microsoft Azure + Unity

AR Smartglasses by Facebook +

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PS The flyer below is a bit out of date; the startup idea mentioned below includes games.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

This blog has many posts about AR and startup plans, all of which are outdated, but do provide insights. 

Not Jack Welch and SPOKEN: Art as a start up 

Art is a business, and although I firmly believe in "art for art's sake", l recently began thinking about how some art projects are similar to IT start ups. One thing led to another and I soon found myself being interrogated by Jack Welch, the business leadership guru, about SPOKEN, my own art/creative writing/virtual gallery project...
(The name of Jack Welch is used respectfully and symbolically. Mr. Welch himself has not been involved with this in any way. To underscore this, NJW (Not Jack Welch) is used below.)
Virtual gallery curators at the opening of their exhibition

Glasses in hand, Stephen Black and Eugene Soh welcome visitors

NJW: Alright, what's SPOKEN'S  "big aha" and how can our readers  benefit from it?
SB: SPOKEN's "big aha" is recognizing the needs of the huge number of independent artists, musicians, writers and creatives of all kinds. All of these people need exposure, yet most cannot afford the time it takes to build an audience. Social media and the possibilities for direct engagement between creators and their audience are also part of SPOKEN's "big aha".  Your readers will benefit from reading about how SPOKEN is developing new ways to reach audiences and then using what is applicable.
NJW You got the right people?
SB: Eugene Soh, is SPOKEN's co-producer and an artist. Not only did he build a great virtual gallery,  he made an interactive game; a tribute to Ai Weiwei's vase smashing legacy. Eugene also put a huge balloon dog in the sky over the gallery as a tribute to Jeff Koons. You can jump on it.
Plus we have an eclectic mix of contributors like Stelarc, Xu Xi, Jamie Grefe, Yasumasa Morimura, Buke and Gase, Sjon, Kembra Pfahler, Xu Xi, Lagos 2060 and more.
I have some great programmers lined up for the next version.
NJW: What's your playing field look like?
SB: The playing field for showcasing art, music, writing and most creative endeavors now looks like this: educational institutions, cultural institutions websites and companies. There is a need for new platforms as the numbers of independents overwhelm the existing structures. Also, the idea of what art is and how it is being distributed is now being redefined because of the possibilities of digital.
SPOKEN is, perhaps the start of a new kind of art, or maybe an incubator for something that could be the next Behance or deviantart.
NJW: Threats? Problems?
SB: We are avante garde in the way we are creating and presenting art.We're new. We must explain and demonstrate what we are doing.The biggest threat to SPOKEN is inaction: we must create dynamic documentation: ebooks, artworks, music and video. We must be more than a great exhibition complemented with great writing: we must redefine what a gallery can be in the digital age.  With SPOKEN, we gather experiences and data then we disrupt.
NJW: What's your winning move?
SB: Promoting all of the SPOKEN artists individually. If we listen to them carefully and respond well, SPOKEN will grow.