Samsung to build 5 R&D hubs

Samsung Electronics will invest 5 trillion won ($4.5 billion) to build five new research and development (R&D) centers in Korea over the next three years, company officials said Tuesday. “R&D is crucial to ensuring success in the rapidly-changing consumer electronics industry. Total investment will amount to 5 trillion won,” a Samsung official told The Korea Times, asking not to be named. The official said that the money will be used to build five R&D centers. Under the plan, it has spent around 800 billion won in constructing R5, a research institute in Suwon designed to develop smart devices.

Samsung will spend 1.2 trillion won to build a cutting-edge design research center in Woomyeon-dong, southern Seoul. The center will begin operating from June 2015. The design center will house some 10,000 Samsung designers, software developers and strategists. The center will be designed to help researchers maximize creativity.

For full article, see Korea Times.

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Award winning portable sound camera design of KAIST

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KAIST’s Industrial Design Professor Suk Hyung Bae’s portable sound camera design, made by SM Instruments and Hyundai, has received a “Red Dot Design Award: Product Design,”  one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world.

If you are a driver, you must have experienced unexplained noises in your car. Most industrial products, including cars, may produce [abnormal] noises caused by an error in design or worn-out machinery. However, it is difficult to identify the exact location of the sound with ears alone.

This is where the sound camera comes in. Just as thermal detector cameras show the distribution of temperature, sound cameras use a microphone arrangement to express the distribution of sound and to find the location of the sound. However, existing sound cameras are not only too big and heavy, their assembly and installation are complex and must be fixed on a tripod. These limitations made it impossible to measure noises from small areas or the base of the car.

The newly developed product is an all-in-one system resolving the inconvenience of assembling the microphone before taking measurements. Moreover, the handle in the middle is ergonomically designed so users can balance its weight with one hand. The two handles on the sides work as a support and enables the user to hold the camera in various ways. Thus, users can easily measure small areas or the bases of xobjects.

For full article, see KAIST.

Design: driving force of Korea’s auto industry

Design chiefs of Korean carmakers. Source Korea Times.

The Korean automotive industry is flying high.

Hyundai Motor Group, which owns both Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors, sold over 1.13 million vehicles in the United States last year, breaking the 1-million-plateau for the first time in the world’s most important market.

GM Korea, which introduced the Chevrolet brand last March, launched eight new cars in Korea in nine months and achieved record high sales.

Renault Samsung Motors emerged as French automaker Renault’s strategic center in Asia, exporting more than 137,000 of its key models with the Renault badge ― up 19 percent from a year ago despite disruptions in supply of auto parts after the massive earthquake in Japan.

Kia’s K5 sedan and Sportage R SUV swept major international design awards while Hyundai’s YF Sonata became the best-selling Korean car ever in the United States and China largely because of its design.

For full article see Korea Times.