Samsung Display on Sept. 16 released a foldable panel with the world’s smallest curvature for a smartphone screen. (Samsung Display)

By Kim Minji and Yoon Sojung 

Samsung Display on Sept. 16 released a foldable OLED display panel with the world's smallest curvature of 1.4R for a smartphone.

The 1.4R rating refers to the curvature of a 1.4-mm radius circle. The smaller the figure, the more perfectly a device can be folded.

Samsung Display's breakthrough of the smallest OLED curvature on the market means a near-perfect fold for such smartphones.

This is Samsung's third foldable OLED panel and has a resolution of 2,208×1,768 pixels and a 7.6-inch screen, bigger than previous models.

The new display has received praise for its slim and sleek design thanks to the lower curvature rating of the folding area. It was first applied to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 of Samsung Electronics launched last month.

LG Electronics on Sept. 14 introduced its revolutionary smartphone model LG Wing, whose main display can be rotated. (LG Electronics)

LG Electronics has also introduced a smartphone innovation through the LG Wing.

Released online on Sept. 14, the new model has a rotatable main display that enables multiple shapes.

The LG Wing can be used as an ordinary smartphone but when needed, the main screen can be moved clockwise to unveil the hidden 4-inch secondary screen that can be used with the main one. One app can run both screens or one app can be used for each screen.

Equipped with Gimbal Motion Camera for the first time in the world, the Wing allows more stable and gentle video shooting.

From next month, the model will be launched in Korea, North America and Europe in phases.


LG전자가 7일(현지시간) CES 개막을 하루 앞두고 개최한 ‘글로벌 프레스 컨퍼런스’에서 'LG 시그니처 올레드 TV R’을 공개했다. LG전자

LG Electronics on Jan. 7 debuts its revolutionary rollable Signature OLED TV R at a news conference held before CES 2019. (LG Electronics)

By Min Yea-Ji and Lee Hana 

A TV that rolls up into a speaker when not in use and a robot that monitors the user's health and calls 911 in case of emergency. These were among the most exciting tech products unveiled on Jan. 7 by Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. 


The LG Signature OLED TV R, the world's first rollable TV, is unveiled at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas on Jan. 7.

The world's first rollable OLED TV unveiled by LG has a screen that can appear and disappear from a rectangular base with the click of a remote control. The TV has traditionally belonged in the living room in front of the sofa but this new model is good anywhere within the home. 

The base can be connected to a smartphone and used as speakers. Consumers can also set the screen into the base about three-quarters of the way for use as a clock or monitoring panel for other smart devices. This mode allows users to also look at photos or play videos. 

Samsung also showcased its Robot Companions, or AI-powered automated helpers for the elderly designed to serve as digital nurses. Samsung Bot Care, which debuted at this year's CES, is a next-generation health aid that monitors vital signs like blood pressure and heart rate while keeping track of medication intake. It also sends a report based on a user’s health monitoring stats to family members and calls rescue services in the event of an emergency. 

Future mobility products featured at CES 2019 included Elevate, a walking car developed by Hyundai Motor Company, and Hover Car, a flying two-seater by Volkswagen. The latest models of AI-powered speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home were showcased as well.

이근배 삼성전자 AI센터장 전무와 이윤철 미국법인 상품혁신 전무(오른쪽)가 차세대 인공지능 프로젝트 '삼성봇(Samsung Bot)'을 소개하고 있다. 삼성전자

Samsung Electronics introduces Samsung Bot Care, one of its latest robotics initiatives, at CES 2019. (Samsung Electronics)

CES, along with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, and IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) in Berlin, Germany, is considered one of the world’s three biggest tech events. To run from Jan. 8-11, CES 2019 will showcase more than 4,500 exhibiting companies from over 150 countries.





LG Electronics’ Signature Kitchen Suite Pro Range Oven and the LG CineBeam Laser 4K projector received Best of the Best honors at this year’s Red Dot Awards, one of the world’s top design awards. (LG Electronics)

By Min Yea-Ji and Kim Young Shin 

LG Electronics and Kia Motors have been recognized for their product designs at this year’s Red Dot Awards, one of the top three international design awards. 

LG’s premium built-in Signature Kitchen Suite Pro Range oven and its ultra-HD CineBeam Laser 4K projector each received a Best of the Best award. 

The oven was recognized for such details as its over-all ergonomic design, its easy operation and its user-friendly handle. The projector, unlike other projectors, has a rectangular shape with a grip, which makes it easier to carry, they said. The judging committee of the design award also pointed out its balance between esthetics and convenience. 

Kia Motors’ sport sedan Stinger also won a Best of the Best award. The car previously received an iF Design Award, too, another one of the world’s top design awards, in February. 

Red Dot Awards are considered one of the top three design awards in the world, alongside the iF Design Awards and the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). This year, some 6,300 designs from 59 countries registered for the award. Only 69 designs, 1.1 percent of the total number of entrants, were awarded a Best of the Best award. Following the Best of the Best rewards are Red Dots and Honourable Mentions. 


Kia Motors’ sport sedan Stinger won a Best of the Best award at this year’s Red Dot Design Awards. (Kia Motors Germany)

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