VisualCamp, the eye tracking technology company and a member company of the Born2Global Centre, released version 2.0 of SeeSo earlier this week. VisualCamp has been an active member of the Born2Global Centre since 2017.



 

SeeSo is a mobile eye tracking SDK (Software Development Kit) for mobile app developers who want to apply eye tracking into their applications without extra hardware. By using gaze data, end users can control apps with their eyes and you can figure out where they are looking. With the current state of affairs and the demand for contactless and remote services ever increasing, eye tracking is being utilized to understand users' focuses and monitoring functions to prevent fraud in mobile apps/web. VisualCamp reports this solution has had the best feedback from remote education (e-learning), remote proctoring (exams, trainings, and compiliance), and remote UX testing.

 

The release of the SeeSo 2.0 is only two months after the official launch of the SaaS (Software as a Service) platform in April to allow developers to easily manage the software.

 

Most notable about SeeSo 2.0 is the release for Android. In this release, the SDK for Android maintains eye tracking accuracy and stability comparable to the iOS version, and it will also support the Unity Engine for Android game developers. This is good news for IT service companies that want to apply eye tracking technology considering Android has a market share close to 70% of mobile users worldwide.

 

There is also an iOS version update. This updated version has improved accuracy by about 30% compared to version 1.0, and CPU computation is reduced by about 10%, so you can use gaze tracking technology more stably. In addition, the entire API was reorganized intuitively and a function was added to obtain processing data that distinguished gaze fixation and gaze movement values.

 

"At VisualCamp, we always develop our eye tracking solutions with users and developers in mind," said Yunchan Suk, CEO of VisualCamp. "For even more ease of access, we are currently developing a server-based solution so that any device, such as general computers with webcams, can utilize eye tracking next."

 

For more detailed information on SeeSo 2.0, visit https://seeso.io/.

Lockin Company and WeWork signed a partnership contract to establish a more safe environment for mobile applications.

 

Earlier this month, the mobile security corporation Lockin Company, a member company of the Born2Global Centre, signed a partnership contract with WeWork, the world's largest shared workspace provider, for the establishment of a safe service environment for mobile applications.

 

Lockin Company's recently-released app security solution, LIAPP, provides app security services that are optimized for a mobile environment through a SaaS basis. The application's entire source code is encrypted to prevent security leaks and to block attempts at hacking debugging, decompiling and etc. When a user uploads a completed application to the LIAPP cloud server, the LIAPP security service ensures that the application is security-enabled in few seconds. This high-efficiency security service is especially useful for companies that do not have their own security team or require immediate security protection/coverage.

 

Lockin Company's recently-released app security solution, LIAPP, provides app security services that are optimized for a mobile environment through a SaaS basis. The application's entire source code is encrypted to prevent security leaks and to block attempts at hacking debugging, decompiling and etc. When a user uploads a completed application to the LIAPP cloud server, the LIAPP security service ensures that the application is security-enabled in few seconds. This high-efficiency security service is especially useful for companies that do not have their own security team or require immediate security protection/coverage.





World's first and largest mobile lockscreen media platform provider Buzzvil, a member company of Born2Global Centre, has partnered with East Japan Railway Company to launch "Tamaru Screen x JRE POINT".



Buzzvil has partnered with East Japan Railway Company to launch "Tamaru Screen x JRE POINT".

This trial app allows users to get JRE POINT in exchange for consuming personalized content and ads on the smartphone lockscreen or the first screen until March 30, 2019. Earned points will be visible the next day.

Users can easily access the real-time information of metro lines operated by JR-East, such as train delay notification and more, on the lockscreen. The points can be used to get discount on transportation fare and in stores that accept payment with the JRE Point.

This offer may be extended in accordance with the agreement between Buzzvil and East Japan Railway Company after the trial period.

This deal comes as the Softbank Ventures Asia-backed startup has been selected as one of the finalist of East Japan Railway Company's JR East Startup Program 2018. The program invites proposals from venture companies that better the railway company's services and business.

Buzzvil focuses on its B2B business, BuzzScreen, based on its internationally patented SDK (Software Development Kit) which provides white label lockscreen mobile application for app publishers, telcos and smartphone device makers so they can generate additional revenue and enhance user engagement.

The fast-growing startup earns 5.4 billion monthly impressions from 30 countries, having more than 50 global publishing partners, such as Lotte, CJ One and more. Its main advertisers include eBaySamsungAdidasToyotaJaguar and BMW.

 

Tamaru Screen x JRE POINT can be downloaded here (Japan Only).




 


Konolabs, the AI scheduling service provider, has announced Kono Slack bot is available on Slack app directory.

 

Konolabs announced Kono for Slack, the release of their scheduling bot is now available on Slack. The bot allows teams to schedule ad hoc meetings and manage their work calendars directly from Slack.

With their new product, the company aims to help customers with their growing need to plan for the unplanned meetings in a world where many things come up last minute. Whenever there is a need to call a meeting on the fly, you can simply tag Kono or use "/kono" commands to schedule a meeting within a Slack channel. Kono will arrange a meeting at a time that suits everyone’s availability and notifies an overlap if there is one. The bot can also to give a summary of your meeting schedule and make changes to meetings if needed to.

“The idea of building a Slack bot came up quite spontaneously as we were brainstorming ways to improve how we set up our own internal meetings,” says YJ Min, CEO and Co-founder of Konolabs. “We noticed that most of our internal meetings are ad-hoc meetings and are called on Slack. This sort of naturally led us to try building a bot that lives within Slack and can set up meetings as we’re chatting in a channel.”

Especially, the company said in a blog post that it integrated latest interactive UI elements of Slack such as buttons, drop-down menus, dialogue components in order to put their users on a predictable path where they can see how the bot carries out a scheduling task.

The company has been running the scheduling email bot service since its official launch last September and will run Kono Slack-bot as an open beta starting today. Kono for Slack is free to use and works with Google, G-Suite, and Office 365 calendars, and Konolabs is also planning to add premium features of its Slack bot for their business customers with various pricing plans.

 

 

Odd Concepts, a member company of the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, supplies an AI-based image search application program interface (API) through a cloud service. First, it allows the user to choose clothes that match his or her tastes, and then automatically employs the image search engine DeepLook (independently developed by Odd Concepts) to search for similar types of clothing and displays the results. The service is capable of finding not only images of the clothing worn by the model based on features such as shape, color, or pattern but even clothes that are hanging in a store.



Odd Concepts supplies an AI-based image search application program interface (API) through a cloud service.



Rapid market domination through unique B2B strategy

Odd Concepts conducts its business by supplying APIs to fashion e-commerce sites. It decided to do this after realizing that it would be easier to become competitive by supplying optimized solutions that satisfy the needs of actual users rather than focusing on more visible projects.

In fact, Odd Concepts does not invest in technologies such as optical character recognition (OCR) or facial recognition. Instead, the company has opted to focus on areas that best highlight its strengths, such as image and video search, as is evident in its choice of fashion as its core business area.

Odd Concepts CEO Kim Jeongtae said, "My idea for this business came from the fact that while other e-commerce companies are using various types of search techniques, the fashion industry was still depending on a very primitive form of search. With our commercialization of an AI-based search function, shoppers can now find not only clothing of similar styles but also the prices at which such clothing is sold on other sites, thus naturally allowing for easy price comparison."

1,500-fold increase in API calls in 10 months, leading to growing interest from Japan

Although it has been less than one year since the February launch of Odd Concepts' DeepLook service, the company has achieved the unprecedented record of 150 million API calls a month, having begun at only around 100,000 API calls in its first month in operation. This represents a 1,500-fold increase in just 10 months, during which time the service's number of monthly users has risen to four million.

An even more significant accomplishment is that of its total API calls, 15 to 20 percent now come from Japanese e-commerce sites. Kim said, "We chose Japan as our first market because, unlike other East Asian countries, it has a unique, closed-off fashion ecosystem. After three months of knocking on doors, traffic increased by over 70-fold in six months, which eventually enabled us to secure an investment from a Japanese venture capital firm."

In November, Odd Concepts succeeded in receiving an investment from the Korean venture capital firm Stonebridge Capital and the Japanese venture capital firm COLOPL NEXT. With these two major investments, general expectations concerning Odd Concepts' growth potential have increased. Last year, the company received an additional investment from KB Investment.

Odd Concepts will continue targeting foreign markets by securing sales channels and establishing strategic partnerships with the aim of engaging in marketing collaborations. It intends to increase its search accuracy through AI sophistication, achieved via machine learning, and pioneer markets by engaging in collaborations with local companies.

Kim said, "Based on the DeepLook engine currently in operation, we are planning an additional search engine that is focused on content." He then went on to explain that the company will continue seeking investment from global investment companies and plans to apply the data it has gained through DeepLook to various types of content, thereby expanding the scope of its business.

 

For more detailed information on the Odd Concepts, visit https://oddconcepts.kr/index.html

 

 

The mobile security provider Lockin Company will soon be releasing an upgraded version of its mobile app security solution LIAPP (Lockin App Protector).

NEXT LIAPP, the latest creation of K-ICT Born2Global Centre member Lockin Company, is a revolutionary mobile security solution that blocks attempt to hack mobile apps at the source. More than that, the product aims to change the conventional view that mobile security solutions are expensive and difficult to use.

First launched in 2014, LIAPP offers a convenient, high-performance mobile app security service based on its accumulated security expertise and competitive product lines. Payments for its products and services can be made on a single-use or monthly basis. LIAPP offers excellent mobile security performance through various features, including source code protection (encryption and obfuscation), native library protection, strong memory protection, and anti-repackaging.

Under its motto "Not a Big Dummy, Only Essential Features," Lockin Company aims to become a crucial partner of successful mobile service providers by preventing fatal hacking of mobile services through an easy-to-implement method.

High degree of cloud-based security and simple, quick implementation

The recently upgraded LIAPP is characterized not only by its enhanced security features but use of an elegant and intuitive user-oriented UI that eliminates all complicated application procedures. It not only uses a cloud format to enable a one-step installation process, which includes everything from payment to security solution implementation, but also takes into consideration the price, which has thus far been the biggest obstacle to the adoption of mobile security solutions. For on-site products, the cost of a single-use ticket is USD 39.99, while the monthly user fee is USD 139.99. For business products, which provide monitoring, various risk-detection functions, and unlimited customer support during the service period, a monthly user fee of USD 249.99 is charged. LIAPP ensures the convenient and stable operation of its clients' services by providing information on detected threats, detection priority rankings in accordance with ascertained threats, and a detection rate progression graph.

The upgraded LIAPP will initially be available in two versions (on-site and business), and an iOS version that includes a user-reporting function and SaaS will be made available in early 2018.

Protection of app's major assets from all forms of hacking

The biggest security threat for mobile applications is the leaking of core data. As shown by the recent IP camera hacking incident, the increased use of smart devices in the home is giving rise to new and diverse cases of hacking. With the growing range of household IoT devices on the market, hackers are increasingly attempting to hack the apps that control these devices. Most hacking cases involve source code theft. To prevent the leakage of core data from mobile applications and protect apps from diverse forms of hacking, Lockin Company offers security functions that are essential for app management. These are: source protection, anti-repackaging, game engine protection, anti-tamper, virtual machine detection, anti-debugging and memory protection.

Lockin Company CEO Choi Myoung Kyu said, "With the increased dissemination of smartphones, methods of hacking mobile apps have been evolving. Having recognized the fact that many companies and individuals are hesitant to adopt security solutions due to the high cost involved, we plan to provide an upgraded version of LIAPP that not only offers a high degree of security but comes with a reasonable price tag. Through LIAPP's various features, which are clearly differentiated from those of its competitors, we at Lockin Company hope to create a mobile world where users are safe from hacking by enabling everyone to easily apply security solutions to their smartphones."

 

 

 
 
 

 

"Tech + Art + Play" all at once!

 

Meet the "Play House" where you can create your own unique artistic toys using 3D printing! 

 

This week, B2G Tech News puts a spotlight on SEMS GAMES. SEMS GAMES - 셈스게임즈 (B2G '17) is transforming the way in which toys are provided through the Play House.


*Bringing joy through art.


Playhouse, a new play tool in the age of industry 4.0.


Playhouse is a 3D character design app that helps to create your own toy without professional 3D application.


Simply design your characters through the app with various options or create your own.


Produce your characters with 3D printing.


Decorate your own space.


Playhouse also collaborates with companies and art-toy designers making it easy for you to have limited edition art toy to Fulfill your imagination.


Download the Playhouse app now from Google Play Store and App Store.

 

 

 

 

 

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Convergence Toy Platform, PLAYHOUSE 

Founded in October of 2012 and based in Korea, SEMS GAMES is one of the fastest growing startups specialized in mobile games and 3d printing toys. SEMS GAMES provides a platform for users to play with digital toys on their mobile devices and bring them into reality.


Since 2013, Woori Bank has been providing its Woori Global Banking services to its non-citizen customers. It allows them to do regular banking business on their smartphone through the app. The service is available in eight languages, including English, simplified Chinese and Japanese. (Jeon Han)

 

By Sohn JiAe

As online-only banking proliferates across the Korean finance industry, more and more non-citizens living in Korea have been facing technical difficulties registering their apps and devices. 

Online-only banking services started their newest phase this year with the launch of the “K Bank” app on April 3. Then, the “Kakao Bank” app, which has drawn an astronomical number of customers in a short period of time, building off the base laid by the Kakao Talk chatting app, was unveiled on July 27. 

However, potential non-citizen customers, whether they be Korean residents or simply users of the Kakao Talk chat app, are not allowed to log in to the financial services since the software does not allow such users to have their ID verified on their device. 

In order to use either the K Bank or Kakao Bank app, such non-citizens have to register the app with their own national ID card. However, the software does not yet have access to the non-citizen national ID card database. Therefore, technically, the app cannot recognize their IDs. 

To capture such neglected customers, some of Korea’s leading banks have been offering more effective and more suitable mobile banking services, moving into this niche market. 

Good examples are the Woori Global Banking app that Woori Bank has had since 2013, and the Shinhan Global S Bank app launched in January by Shinhan Bank. 

The first thing for an app user to do is to visit a nearby bank, have their ID verified and have a public certificate issued for a new bank account. They then download onto their device the app, available in a range of languages, including English, simplified Chinese and Japanese, linking the certificate to the device. Now they can bank at any time and any place, such as check their balances, and transfer money both at home and abroad, anywhere they have a Wi-Fi connection. 

The banks also plan to further diversify and develop their mobile banking services for their non-citizen customers. 

“At the moment, a public certificate is required when you log in to the app, but this will soon change. Within the second half of the year, the app will get much easier to use, allowing users to use a six-digit PIN to log in,” said an official from Woori Bank. 

“Shinhan Bank will continue to develop banking services designed to meet the needs of the non-citizen customers that we have,” said a Shinhan Bank representative. 

In today’s financial industry, leaping forward with the advent of online-only banking, the nation’s major banks still have to find ways to live up to the needs of non-citizen customers who are neglected by this new progress. Now is the time for more banks to take a broader view to globalize their operations. 

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Mobile application security firm Lockin Company announced that it will release an upgraded version of LIAPP, a mobile application security solution, in June. 

Designated this year as a member company of the K-ICT Born2Global Centre, an organization affiliated with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Lockin Company is a startup that has been recognized for its excellent technology and high marketability. LIAPP is the company’s signature security solution brand. 

 


A screenshot of LIAPP, a mobile app security solution developed by Lockin Company (Lockin Company)

 

LIAPP enables not only source code protection, through obfuscation and encryption, but is also equipped with various types of security solutions, including app manipulation prevention, virus infection prevention, and hacking detection, all of which work together to provide a powerful security solution. CEO Choi Myoun-kyu said, “The upgraded version will feature improved functions that are capable of responding to changes in the security environment.”

Due to the high level of security it offers, LIAPP is currently being used by several major institutions and corporations in Korea. Choi said, “We have already supplied LIAPP to KB Kookmin Bank, SK Telecom, and the Korea Financial Telecommunications and Clearings Institute, and are now preparing to enter the US and Chinese markets, both of which have demonstrated significant interest in our technologies.” 

Another major advantage is the product’s ease of use. Instead of employing the services of an expert programmer, all an app developer needs to do to acquire a comprehensive security solution is download LIAPP from Lockin Company’s website and execute it. The majority of Lockin Company’s personnel are security experts with extensive experience at numerous companies, including game companies. As a result, Lockin Company has become regarded as a company with high levels of technological skill and practical capability.

 

 

 

 


 

 

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