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The Creativity of Korea

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Over 20,000 internet cafes. Instant coffee mix. The MP3 player. Korea is undoubtedly one of the world’s most innovative and advanced countries. From advanced healthcare AI to on-the-go food, South Korea has produced some of the world’s best creations.
Of course, many associate K-pop and Samsung with Korea, which is great that Korea is being recognized for its incredible originality, but Korea has brought more convenience to the lives of many than we think, and not just in its awesome 24-hour convenience stores.

Unexpectedly, Korea has brought forth some of the finest inventions coming from the minds of Koreans. These products have saved lives, brought unity, and made all of our lives easier. Read the merely representative portion of the country’s most outstanding creations ahead of their time.

  1. Innovative educational device for blind and low vision users
    Starting strong is The Dot Pad, which “is an assistive technology device for users who are blind or have low vision… it translates visual data into a tactile form” (thebrilliant.com). The Dot Pad is made specifically for students so “[It is possible for them] to view mathematical shapes, charts, and groups in real-time as they are displayed on a digital board in a classroom”. Established in April 2015 by Dot Inc., a corporation founded by Kim Eric Ju Yoon and Sun Ki Kwang, the Dot Pad has influenced thousands of American students since 2022.
  2. Internet Cafes Places known as a ‘second home’ to aspiring college students or parents who need to work without the bothers of their children, take the name of internet cafes, or online bistros. The very first one opened “before Hongik University in March 1988 by Ahn Sang-Su and Keum Nuri in Seoul” (discoverwalks.com). The bistro provided a space for online assistance to client’s disconnected gatherings to be held. More than 3 years later, the first online bistro in the United States began.
  3. Contactless Smart Card Speaking from personal experience, card usage when purchasing an item is incredibly convenient and practical. But, give it to Korea for making the shopping experience with a card even more practical. The very original idea came in 1995, starting with “Seoul’s vehicle tagging framework” {discoverwalks.com).
  4. Software that predicts cardiac arrest
    Approved initially by the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, the device became a huge hit in “general wards and nursing homes where monitoring resources are limited…in the second half of 2021 and hit overseas markets in 2022” (thebrilliant.com). VUNO Med-DeepCARS is an AI-based medical device that “analyses the potential risk of cardiac arrest based on four vital signs: blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and body temperature”. The team behind the life-saving device is Chairman Yeha Lee, CEO Hyun-jin Kim, and CTO Kyuhwan Jung.
  5. Instant Coffee Mix
    Though not a common practice in America, instant coffee mix is often used to make your favorite coffee quickly and on the go. “The instant espresso blend was designed by Dongseo Foods in 1976” (discoverwalks.com). Made with espresso powder, dissolvable espresso, and espresso precious stones, the mix comes in a small plastic package, simply opened and poured into the boiling drink of your choice when desired.
  6. Infection Control Robot
    Korea’s mask culture has been an ongoing practice in South Korea, way long before Covid-19. However, the pandemic took everyone by surprise, even in a very sanitary country. As another precaution to keep people safe, Keemi was invented. Keemi is the result of a collaboration between Yongin Severance Hospital, SK Telecom, and Omron Electronics Korea. Keemi “roam[s] the hallways of [Yongin Severance H]ospital, interacting with patients and visitors” (thebrilliant.com). The device sanitizes surfaces with ultraviolet light and uses facial recognition technology to identify gatherings of four or more people, identify mask wearers, and issue verbal requests for social distancing and mask-wearing. The “autonomous mobile unit” works in a range of crowded environments besides hospitals, such as airports and workplaces.
  7. MP3 Player
    A beloved part of a whole generation’s childhood is the MP3 Player, which originated in South Korea by SaeHan Information Systems in 1993. At first, the device, known as the MPMan F10 was a flop within the community. It became popular in other countries in the same form, but not the original creation. The tech consisted of a “3GB IBM 2.5 [inch] hard drive that was housed in a trunk-mounted walled in the area associated with the vehicle’s radio framework” (discoverywalks.com}.
    By: Bahnya Kim
    2024-3-2
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