By Jung Joo-ri and Hahm Hee-eun
Korea’s leading companies have received critical acclaim from major media in the U.S. and Europe, with Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics each putting an item on Time magazine’s list of Best Inventions of 2018.
Samsung’s QLED TV appeared in the toy, games and entertainment category. Time tech columnist Patrick Lucas Austin described the award-winning set as “a TV that blends into the wall,” adding, “Using the Ambient Mode, QLED TV allows you to display artworks, weather reports, personal photos, etc.”
LG’s CineBeam Laser 4K Projector also made the cut in the same category. Time deputy news director Alex Fitzpatrick said, "To replicate the theater experience at home, there are few better ways to do so than the LG CineBeam Laser 4K Projector.”
Time’s annual list of the best inventions spans ten categories and honorees are selected based on their originality, creativity, level of influence and usefulness. Voting is conducted via online submissions and nominations from its editors and correspondents abroad.
Hyundai Motor on Nov. 26 was named Manufacturer of the Year by BBC Top Gear magazine.
The magazine said, “Hyundai is the envy of global rivals by offering stylish models at affordable prices. Hyundai’s success of today is the outcome of humble yet steady devotion.”
Founded in 1993, BBC Top Gear is one of the U.K.’s top four automotive magazines.
This is the latest among several global accolades Hyundai has received this year. The carmaker on Nov. 22 was named Electric Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year at the GreenFleet Awards in the U.K. and Most Innovative Brand on Nov. 30 at Auto Trophy 2018 hosted by the German car magazine Auto Zeitung.