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.


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The U.S. magazine Time has included Samsung’s QLED TV (second from the first row) and LG’s CineBeam Laser 4K Projector (second from the second row) on its list of Best Inventions 2018 in the toys, games and entertainment category. (TIME Magazine)

The U.S. magazine Time has included Samsung’s QLED TV (second from the first row) and LG’s CineBeam Laser 4K Projector (second from the second row) on its list of Best Inventions 2018 in the toys, games and entertainment category. (Time Magazine)



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 is crowned BBC Top Gear Magazine’s Manufacturer of the Year. (Hyundai Motor)

Hyundai Motor on Nov. 26 is crowned BBC Top Gear Magazine’s Manufacturer of the Year. (Hyundai Motor)


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.


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LG Electronics invested in USD 3 million into the U.S.-based robotics firm BossaNova Robotics on June 22. The photo shows a BossaNova Robotics service robot managing the shelves at a retail store. (LG Electronics)

LG Electronics invested in USD 3 million into the U.S.-based robotics firm BossaNova Robotics on June 22.

The photo shows a BossaNova Robotics service robot managing the shelves at a retail store. (LG Electronics)

 

 

By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung

 

Korean companies are concentrating on high-tech information and communications technology (ICT), hoping that this will give them an edge as the fourth industrial revolution unrolls across the global economy. The key technologies mainly include robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

Large Korean conglomerates are working hard to be at a point where the development of ICT can become a new engine for economic growth in and of itself, by connecting technologies with innovation within those fields.

 

Korea’s leading telecommunications firm, KT, unveiled on June 22 "AIR i," an electric bicycle equipped with IoT, in collaboration with Reacon Hi-Tech, a smart mobility-specialized firm.

 

Riders can check the bike's location in real-time thanks to an inner module that works on KT’s LTE-M phone networks. When the bicycle is lost or stolen, the owner can still control its power, backed by KT’s smart mobility platform.

 

LG Electronics announced on June 22 that it invested USD 3 million into the U.S. firm BossaNova Robotics, which develops service robots for retail stores. This is the first time for LG Electronics to make such an investment in an overseas robotics company, the firm said.

 

LG Electronics has also been focusing on AI research, along with robotics. The firm launched a research body in Silicon Valley in January this year, and has been preparing the establishment of an AI lab in Toronto, Canada.

 

Samsung Electronics launched a “Q Fund” to invest in AI-related start-ups on June 14. The conglomerate said that the fund is designed to invest in start-ups that can develop new AI technologies. The firm also opened AI centers in the U.K., Russia, Canada and France in order to support research into AI technology and to recruit talented workers.

 

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