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Korea VR Festival 2016 kicks off

 
The Korean version of "Zero Latency" or "The Void" virtual reality theme park opened in Seoul.
Kim Ji-yeon takes us there.
 
The latest trends in the virtual reality sector are being showcased at the Korea VR Festival, which kicked off on Thursday in Sangam-dong, Seoul.
 
Around 80 VR companies and independent developers are participating in the four-day event to display their products and services... including this gigantic robot... which was based on a robotic arm widely used in industry. "The general public will see a lot our robot VRs in theme parks next year. In the longer term, however we are aiming to broaden the use of these robot VRs in various other fields to permanently replace the need for human labor."
 
The festival also promotes business opportunies for local companies through its global networking and investment consultation programs. "The company has been sucessful so far in commercializing 4DX motion picture technology in theaters. Through the festival, we hope to partner with local VR developers to broaden our VR capabilities in things like shooting and interactive content." "The festival serves as a testbed for the local VR sector... before a grand showcase of local VR products and services planned for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics."
 
korean vr festival kicks off
 
The government pinpointed the VR sector as one of nine strategically important ICT sectors earlier this year.
Last month, it had unveiled plans to invest a combined 36-million U.S. dollars to help foster the VR and augmented reality sectors through 2017 in order to find a sustainable profit model for the long-term development of VR content in Korea.
 

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