Korean telco to showcase smart home, IoT devices at CES

Country's largest carrier SK Telecom says it will be unveiling new devices this year aimed at driving the company's growth in smart home and Internet of Things.
Written by Eileen Yu, Senior Contributing Editor

South Korea's largest telco SK Telecom has unveiled plans to launch new devices this year to help drive the company's growth in smart home and Internet of Things (IoT).

It will be showcasing some of these at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, featuring seven new offerings in audiovisual, wellness, and education, reported The Korea Times.

Park Chol-soon, SK Telcom's vice president of convergence business division, said in a statement that the company was seeking "success" in new business areas beyond its core telecom footprint. Its participation in the consumer show will be its "bridgehead" to the global IoT market, he added.

SK Telecom said it had expanded its current "smart appcessory" business to include the "lifeware" division, to focus on promoting the company's smart home and IoT businesses as new growth engines. Company spokesperson Kang Hyun-sung noted: "Some new smart devices are already under development and we will roll out more of these products in the future."

According to Kang, the telco will showcase a wireless beam projector called "Smart Beam HD" at the CES show, touting the device as the world's first "subminiature-class projector" that can produce high-definition images with up to 50 lumen laser-beam projection.

The product was jointly developed with local startup Cremotech, which was among the first team of participants to join SK Telecom's startup support project.

The Korean telco also will be unveiling a smart wireless audio, called "Linkage", which it said will support high-quality sound sources and connect multiple devices wirelessly to create a surround-sound effect.

In addition, it will demonstrate a device that can measure air pollution and feature several functions for golfers, including measuring distance and ball marking. Another device, called "Solar Skin", is designed as a smartphone case that enables users to recharge their devices with various lighting sources such as solar energy or artificial interior lights.

The South Korean government last year said it would commit

50 billion won (US$48.87 million) over five years to seek out new revenue from the IoT market. It noted that the country's overall production value of IoT MEMS sensors was targeted to grow to 230 billion won by 2020, compared to 70 billion won last year.
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