Since the pandemic accelerated the global innovation pace, South Korea has continuously shown leadership in developing future-shaping technologies and products. Thanks to major tech companies and startups’ efforts, South Korea has introduced many innovative products that incorporate state-of-the-art technologies.
On top of that, the country’s government also motivates companies to invigorate the local tech scene through R&D investments. This year, South Korea even ranked first in the latest Bloomberg Innovation Index, which honors 60 of the world’s most technologically innovative economies.
Furthermore, South Korea has advanced domestic and global tech ecosystems and improved consumers’ everyday lives by launching new products that demonstrate innovative spirit. Here are some of the top South Korean products to look out for this 2021.
LG’s CLOi UV-C
During the CES 2021, LG Electronics unveiled the CLOi UV-C, an autonomous robot that delivers extensive sanitation using ultraviolet-C light. LG also designed the new robot to disinfect heavily frequented and high-touch areas, significantly reducing people’s exposure to potential harm. Aside from providing standard hygiene solutions, the CLOi UV-C minimizes human operator contact, a helpful feature amid the contactless era.
Samsung’s JetBot 90 AI+
Samsung Electronics recently introduced the JetBot 90 AI+, a robotic vacuum optimized for environment-response and navigation, making home maintenance simpler. What’s more, the JetBot 90 AI+ also supports smart solutions such as 3D sensors, LiDAR technology, cameras, and recognition algorithms. The vacuum cleaner utilizes these technologies to deliver high-precision and object-evading operations, enabling safer navigation and access to hard-to-reach areas.
Lululab’s Lumini PM
Lumini PM is a smart mirror that provides healthcare and beauty services, which also functions as an at-home skin scanner. According to Lululab, the skin assistant produces personalized recommendations, including home remedies, skin-care products, and other cosmetic suggestions and treatments. For these functions, Lumini PM employs AI algorithms to scan the skin for common problems such as acne and melasma.
Luple, a smart lighting device company, developed Olly, a personal light therapy product with on-device deep learning and AI tech. Moreover, the portable sunlight solution uses Human Centric Lighting solutions that help users sleep better, giving them natural energy boosts. As Luple stated, Olly could improve people’s lives since it controls the body’s melatonin secretion and healthily stabilizes biological rhythms.
SOFTCELL is the world’s first surface mount device-type solar cell that offers an eco-friendly, sustainable solution and promotes smart energy. Thanks to its bottom electrodes, operators can easily install the device to surfaces and integrate it with other electronic components. Besides being an active multi-functional module, SoftPV also said that the tiny solar cell could generate power with indoor lighting.
Vtouch’s Virtual Touch Panel
Deep tech startup Vtouch developed the Virtual Touch Panel, a next-generation product that provides non-contact remote touch technologies. Through a 3D camera, the panel uses AI to analyze users’ motion, enabling them to ‘touch’ the screen without actually making contact. In addition to minimizing infection risks and boosting safety, Vtouch’s panels also support distance control, near-zero latency, and easy installation.
M2S’s VROR Eye Dr.
M2S is a virtual and augmented reality content producer with an extensive history in creating entertainment and digital healthcare innovations. Notably, M2S developed the VROR Eye Dr., a device that conducts eye exams using a VR headset with immersive content. After performing reliable, in-depth optic nerve examinations, it forwards examinees’ ophthalmic data analysis to their mobile phones for fast results.
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