Samsung establishes product innovation team

Samsung Electronics has established a team to work on hi-tech innovative business projects, officials said Monday. Its core mission includes projects on virtual reality, robotic telepresence, drones and robots, three-dimensional (3D) printing and unmanned vehicles.”The team will explore how technologies could help people’s daily life for a better future,” an official said.
Samsung mobile chief Shin Jong-kyun will lead the team inside the mobile division.

The team, which has no direct links with the company structure and divisions, will operate independently. “Given the significance of the team, members will have more authority and independence because the main purpose of the team isn’t to develop single devices for any imminent results, but to develop solutions to go with Samsung’s manufacturing capabilities,” the official said.

For full article, see Korea Times.


Yongsan evolves from electronics industry center to the Mecca of 3D printing

2015_01_3D-printingExperience area and exhibition space built over a site of approximately 1,322m2, will be opened as early as the end of next month. A large-scale 3D printing experience area will be installed in ‘Yongsan Electronics Shopping Mall,’ a center of electronics industry in Korea. This is anticipated to produce synergy as the government is accelerating 3D printing industry development as a next-generation growth item.

According to the industry, Najin Industries will build ‘Cooperative Space of Infinite Creativity’ including a 3D printing experience area over a site measuring approximately 1,322m2 on the ground floor of Najin Shopping Mall Building 14 inside E-World in Yongsan, Seoul. This project was planned and has been promoted by Najin Industries, an E-World management company, since last year. This facility will be opened officially at the end of next month or early March at the latest. Cooperative Space of Infinite Creativity will offer a range of 3D printing related facilities in order to develop Yongsan into the ‘Mecca of 3D printing.’ This facility will comprise of ‘Seoul 3D Printing Experience Center’ together with a remote controller store, an education and experience center, a seminar room and an exhibition and event space. 3D printer developers Carima and Rokit, a 3D modeling program manufacturer and distributor Inteli Korea, a 3D scanner maker Onscans, a 3D printing solution provider STL and a 3D design provider Sculpy will open shops in the facility. The tenants in Seoul 3D Printing Experience Center can receive information about equipment, material and market trends from industry experts. Najin Industries has set out a policy to continuously increase tenants.

For full article, see Korea IT News.

3D printer technology woven into diverse industries

2013_07_3DprintingChoi Yoon-chung (aged 22) has recently decided to undergo bimaxillary operation for her protruding lower jaw. Choi had been hesitant about the surgery as it involves risky procedures such as cutting off the facial bone and repositioning the upper and lower jaw bones. However, she has become resolved to the operation after receiving explanations that the surgery ensures safety using 3D (three-dimensional) printer technology.

3D printers are widely used for medical purposes including riskier plastic surgery, orthodontic movement and artificial hands/ legs. They enable surgeons to perform simulated surgery/ mock operations ahead of actual operations and make subsidiary organs catered to each patent, resulting in higher medical efficiency.

The luxury sportscar brand, Lamborghini utilized 3D printer technology to create a pilot model of the “Aventador.” Prior to the introduction of 3D printer technology, $40,000 and four-month period were required for the production but 3D printing brought down costs and the period to $3,000 and 20 days.

For full article, see Maeil Business.

3-D indoor maps on the way

2013_02_3d-INDOOR-MAPEver worry about getting lost inside large building complexes or subway stations? Worry no more, thanks to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.

A mobile application that will provides three-dimensional floor plans for large, complicated indoor spaces is expected to be available from the ministry within the first half of the year. It will be the first 3-D indoor map service in the world.

The app will start with the a map of City Hall subway station, lines No. 1 and No. 2, and follow with 3-D maps for busy Gangnam Station on line No. 2 and Incheon International Airport available by the end of the year.

For full article, see Joongang Daily.

Stereoscopic TV battle brewing: ASG vs. FPR

Amid sharpening technology, there is no doubt that 3D TV is here to stay with the whole industry currently at the same stage as when high-definition (HD) was introduced. 3D was a key issue at the recently finished IFA electronics fair in Berlin where most TV majors displayed their latest 3D solutions with hopes to take the lead in the booming market. “3D will be everywhere next year,’’ said Jim Chabin, president of the International 3D Society.

Now, attention is being shifted as to whether latecomer LG will break down the current domestic lead of Samsung.

Price matters for 3D hopefuls because there is little 3D-only content on the market and consumers don’t have much knowledge, in general, of viewing differences offered by the different technologies used by Samsung and LG. “That’s why we are confident to completely beat Samsung’s technology in China by the end of this year and our next targets are the United States, Europe and Japan,” said Kwon Young-soo, the chief executive of LG Display, in a meeting with reporters, Thursday.

For full article see Korea Times.

Korea accounts for 2 of 5 3D TVs sold in global market: report

The global 3D TV market more than doubled from last year, despite the overall contraction in the TV market.

The global TV market amounted to 51.22 million units as of the first quarter (Q1) this year, which is an eight percent fall from the previous year’s 55.54 million units, said market researcher DisplaySearch Sunday.

Samsung Electronics had the highest stake in the global TV market as its shares rose three percentage points on-year to 21 percent. LG Electronics took second place with a 16 percent share, followed by Sony (seven percent), TCL (six percent), and Panasonic (six percent). Meanwhile, the 3D TV market continued high growth, expanding at a pace of 245 percent on-year from 2.09 million units last year to 7.19 million units this year.

For full article see Maeil Business.

Future roadmap for the Korean IT industry

The Korean government recently announced an IT roadmap dubbed the “Giga Korea Strategy.” The plan details a future eight years from now in which Koreans will be able to enjoy holographic videos generated by smart phones and a mobile communications network forty times faster than the current one.

IT experts envision a future of the hyper connectivity revolution in which various devices connected to the network create new values. Looking back to 2010, there were reportedly 10 billion IT devices and cell phones being used in the world, and these technological innovations connected people all over the globe. More devices are bound to link people with other people, people with things, and devices with other devices. The amount of information or data traffic will skyrocket off the charts.

Last year, Korea’s IT export was remarkable and Korean IT products were known for high quality, but in 2020, Korea wishes to become the world’s third largest IT exporting nation, following the United States and China. In terms of contents, Korea plans to ride the momentum of the wave of Korean culture sweeping the world and become the fifth largest contents exporter in the world. Software businesses will have to play an important part in this plan. There are about 13 solid software companies in Korea. The government plans to more than triple that number by 2020 to have 50 such businesses.

For full article see KBS World.

A new smart TV or a set-top box?

Daum Communications’ little black box set to spark new battle in digital arena as it promises to undercut rivals. As Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics vie for leadership in terms of smart TV sales, Web portal Daum Communications has chosen to pursue a new niche market by supplying platforms for the latest highly-convergent goggle boxes.

In front of dozens of reporters from Seoul at its newly established Daum Space. 1 building in Jeju Island, the Kosdaq-listed firm unveiled on Friday its new Daum TV, an Android-based operating system for smart TVs.

Despite existing amid a fog of confusing definitions, smart TVs offer Internet connectivity without the need to link up to a separate computer. They also tend to function more like smartphones running on apps rather than regular flat-screens. Regular TVs can be upgraded using a set-top box.

For full article see Jongang Daily.

3D holographic cell phone to debut

Korea is striving to develop mobile phones equipped with 3D holographic displays as a part of its strategy of preempting the lucrative information technology market.

The Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) said Monday that holographic technology would be one of the centerpieces of its scheme of achieving a very advanced high-tech society by 2020.

“Currently, 3D solutions are mostly applied to TVs. But cellphones would employ 3D in a full-fledged manner through holographic technology,” MKE Deputy Minister Kim Jae-hong said.

Yet, he did not provide details on which company is developing the futuristic feature and when it would be available to the general public.

For full article see Korea Times.

LG pursuing 3D technology standard

Three-dimensional (3D) technology is LG Electronics’ weapon of choice. Its aggressiveness to promote its in-house film-patterned retarder (FPR) 3D technology has secured another beachhead with a plant in Mexico. It is confidant of making its FPR 3D technology the industry standard.

Inspired by a sharp rise in market share in countries from North and South America and the recent support from Japan’s Sony and Panasonic to use its technology, LG Display has opened its first plant in Mexico, mainly to produce modules for FPR 3D televisions.

“More customers are asking us to supply more FPR panels for use in 3D televisions. We just want to assert that LG is ideally-positioned for on-time delivery, committed to producing high quality products and offering better pricing by setting up a new factory in Mexico,’’ said LG Display spokeswoman Kang Moon-jeong.

The new module plant is the seventh after two plants in South Korea in Gumi and Paju, three in China in Guangzhou, Nanjing and Yentai and one in Wroclaw, Poland.

For full article see Korea Times.