CES 2020, the world's largest technology
exhibition, was held Jan. 7-11 in Las Vegas. During the exhibition period, MIK
(MADE IN KOREA) INNOVATION HOT SPOT zone was held at Eureka Park located at
Sands Expo to introduce Korean startups to the world.
MADE IN KOREA (MIK), which was launched by
AVING NEWS in 2016 with the mission to promoting Korean companies to the world,
is the global project designed to help the Korean companies expand their
businesses by using the globally collaborating media, YouTubers, crowdfunding
platforms, and investors to promote them to domestic and international markets.
More than 700 companies have participated in the MIK project over the past four years, and their stories have been reported as thousands of news through domestic and international media. In CES 2019 held last year, the first overseas MIK took place to lead in promoting Korean SMEs.
MIK INNOVATION HOT SPOT was prepared to create an opportunity to attract more attention at CES 2020 with various programs by having innovative Korean startups and support organizations participate. Major participating organizations include Changwon Industry Promotion Agency, Gwangju University, Incheon Technopark, and Sungshin Women's University Startup Support Group, and 10 participating companies are as follows.
J2C (CEO Kim Yu-jeong) is developing
various iris recognition hardware and software in bio security solution area.
As of 2019, it holds 18 Korean and foreign patents for iris recognition
technology and has more than 18 years of experience in iris recognition.
Many iris algorithms have already been
developed, but J2C noted that no hardware has been developed to capture clear
iris images. Therefore, the company developed its own camera module and IR-LED,
which are the key components for the iris recognition device to capture
accurate iris images.
N2FALLS, a portable nitrogen coffee made by
The Color Group, can be drunken anywhere, indoors or outdoors. The company
focused on how to make it easy for the busy people of the modern age to enjoy
coffee easily and comfortably.
This product doesn't need coffee machine.
Since there is no machine, it can be drunk anytime and anywhere. It has the
extensibility to tea and herbs.
Deepmedi (CEO Lee Gwang-jin)'s Neul Heolrap
is the application that measures the health information (heart rate, stress,
blood pressure, etc.) by using the smartphone camera.
The company has a technology for estimating
heart rate signals, blood pressure, and the aging of blood vessels by measuring
the intensity of light reflected by blood as it absorbs light when shooting a
finger on a mobile phone camera. The company recently developed the technology
for estimating the heart rate from the face.
It can be used with only with smartphones,
so there is no financial burden and it is easy to use. Since there is no
additional equipment, it is possible to measure blood pressure anywhere and
anytime because it can be measured in 10 seconds without being restricted by
time and place.
Moderntech's Electric Car Robot system is
an electric vehicle charging system in line with the spread of electric
vehicles. It can be installed in various places such as parking lots,
buildings, supermarkets, and department stores. In the future, the electric
vehicle robot system will be required for vehicles equipped with a large
capacity battery such as an EV station.
As the world's first intelligent EV
charging system, stations can be built in conjunction with solar power
generation. Also, by changing the charging type according to the demand,
several units can be charged at the same time and bring the maximum effect with
the minimum ratio.
A9 (CEO Park Yong-yeon)'s Bplug is the
NB-IoT solution for one person households and lonely deaths management.
When the LTE Care Plug is installed in the
welfare-vulnerable household, it monitors the activities of the vulnerable
household every day. It manages safety by analyzing the power consumption of
home appliances and changes in illuminance of households in real time. If a
certain amount of power consumption and home lighting use does not occur for a
certain period of time, a "danger" alarm sets off on the management page and
smartphone, and the manager in charge checks the safety by phone or visit to
prevent lonely deaths.
Geniesoft (CEO Kim Do-hyeon)'s Beat Smash
is the VR rhythm game created by K-pop spreading widely throughout the world.
Anyone who likes K-pop can dance and enjoy the game.
Other VR contents were not enjoyed much
because it causes dizziness or inconvenience that the user must observe at 360
degrees. Beat Smash minimizes dizziness by providing an environment where users
can focus on space. In addition, it is a VR rhythm game that induces the
competition with other users and induces the desire to play again, not just a
Seesawtalk (CEO Mun Jae-ho)'s Seesaw is the
personalized mobile portal on demand.
Seesaw's customer has members and content
and is the group and individual to whom money or information transactions are
taking place. Customers are struggling to solve various group transactions such
as closed communication, community and commerce that cannot be solved by SNS
and chats, and spend a lot of time and money through development that they have
Seesaw is a platform that can solve this
problem, and the customer can select the service himself, and can be the owner
of the service at low cost. Seesaw accepts variable data inputs and can
implement its own group service by selecting only the services necessary for group
transactions. The service can be used immediately by installing the app without
registration, ID and password.
Goodlife introduced a safety power outlet
that can prevent short circuit, electric shock, and fire. CTNS introduced
changeable block battery according to capacity, and MARVRUS introduced AI-based
VR English studying solution Speakit.
During the show, MIK INNOVATION HOT SPOT
PARTY where media, investors, and buyers participate was also held. The media
and investors visiting MIK Zone will be served with high quality nitro cold
brew coffee and tea from N2FALLS, the official partner of MIK PARTY.
J2C introducing the iris recognition device
and optical components jointly developed security and anti-theft products by
using the biometrics and IoT with the US IoT specialist Smartmimic.
The agreement included J2C jointly
developing a product that combines Smartmimic's hardware and low-power LoRa
technology by providing anti-theft iris recognition cameras and algorithms that
can be mounted on motorcycles and vehicles.
On Jan 11, the last day of the exhibition,
Best of MIK @ CES2020 Award Ceremony selected by AVING News and global media
was held. AVING News, the media that has reported CES to the world for more
than 10 years, jointly planned with global media participating in CES to
confirm and select the company's products and technologies.
The company Geekazine from the US selected
was J2C. Pro News from Japan selected N2Falls. IT Donga selected Deepmedi.
France's startup media Lecafedegeek selected Moderntech. Yashiro, a Japanese
journalist from Engadget chose A9. Do An-gu, the Editor-in-Chief from the
specialist media in technology TechSuda selected Geniesoft. The last company AVING News selected was
AVING NEWS, the media that has made the
most promotion of Korean companies, has set up MIK INNOVATION HOT SPOT in CES
2020 Startup Zone EUREKA PARK as the project to help Korean startups to enter
the global market.
By using the strengths of CES, AVING NEWS introduced
investors, buyers and media Korea's promising startups through various programs
such as strategic consulting, PR marketing, and networking parties.
MIK Zone was hosted by Next Generation
Convergence Contents Industry Association, AVING NEWS, and MD Insight, and
organized by Bluefoot. It was participated by Changwon Industry Promotion
Agency, Incheon Techno Park Startup Support Center, Gwangju University Startup
Support Group, and Sungshin Women's University Startup Support Group.