Korean startups that made their marks with innovative products at CES 2017
Numerous gadgets created by Korean startups won this year's prestigious innovation awards at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Our Kim Hyesung introduces to us some of the products that captivated everyone's attention and beat thousands of global competitors for the honors at the world's largest IT expo.
This is a smart glove.
It's designed to help users strengthen their muscles by playing games, sometimes even allowing them to bypass more painful physiotherapy sessions. "After seeing my dad and two uncles experience an enormous amount of pain after suffering a stroke, I decided to develop a device to help stroke patients regain control of their hands and give them hope."
Weighing in at just around 120 grams, the glove... has sensors that monitor the user's muscle movements as they play games or perform tasks, like throwing a dart.
The artificial intelligence software then adjusts the difficulty level to keep the patient motivated and stores all the data so doctors can track their progress.
Since winning approval from the Korea Food & Drug Administration, the company has started selling the device to Korean hospitals, and plans to expand into the U.S. and Europe later this year.
"This printer, which won a best of innovation award at this year’s CES, prints out sticky notes straight from your mobile device, be it memos, graphs or even selfies.... in less than five seconds."
The gadget doesn't need ink or toner -- just thermal paper, which turns black in certain areas when heated.
It's sticky, but unlike traditional post-it notes, the written data is all stored in the cloud, so users don't have to worry about losing the information, even if they lose the memo. "I wanted to combine analogue writing with smart technology -- a printer that could be useful for brain storming meetings. Thanks to government support and advice from universities, I was able to turn this idea into a real printer."
Another product from Korea that won this year innovation award at the CES is this pair of smart golf shoes.
Pressure sensors embedded in the soles provide real-time information on the user's posture and weight distribution as they move or practice a swing.
A video feature also allows the user to compare their balance and posture with that of a pro to find areas of improvement.
The company plans to start selling the product sometime before the summer, after getting more feedback from professional golfers. All these Korean startups took their creative ideas and turned them into useful products... that could both make people's lives better and offer new experiences.