[Pangyo Issue] Pangyo Technovalley Weekly News, News from the 3rd week of September

Nexon’s Dungeon Fighter Online, releases custom bike with super73 from the US

Nexon Co., Ltd. introduced the ‘Dungeon Fighter Online’ custom bike in collaboration with the American electric motorbike brand ‘Super73’.

‘Super73’ is a retro style minibike brand that reinterprets a mini bike of the 1970s in a modern way by combining the convenience of a bicycle with the ruggedness of a motorcycle.

This bike is a game intellectual property (IP) collaboration project that was first unveiled by ‘Super73’, and only two models will be sold in the customized version of ‘S2’ the new model. The limited edition was designed in two colors, red and metal, reinterpreting the ‘Dungeon Fighter Online’ logo.

Yoon Seok-heon, head of Nexon’s new business division, said, “In order to expand the IP of ‘Dungeon Fighter Online’ in a variety of ways outside of the game, we have collaborated with ‘Super73’, which is very popular among domestic and foreign celebrities, and DU, a limited edition content platform.” He added, “In the future, we will continue to showcase collaborations between Nexon IP, other high-end brands, and brands that can tell interesting stories. Through the collaboration, we expect to create additional value for Nexon IP.”

Meanwhile, ‘Dungeon Fighter Online’ X’Super73′ custom bikes will be sold in a raffle format on DU (Design United), a limited edition content platform operated by Shinsegae International. The raffle will run until the 18th of this month, and the results will be announced on the 20th. Winners will be able to purchase the product between September 20th and 22nd.

More information about ‘Dungeon Fighter Online’ X ‘Super73’ can be found at DU (Design United).

Korea Deep Learning selected for AI learning data construction project

Korea Deep Learning Inc. announced that the company was finally selected for the ‘2022 AI Learning Data Construction Project’ and plans to construct the world’s first ink painting data.

The ‘Artificial Intelligence Learning Data Construction Project’ is a ‘data dam’ construction project that builds large-scale data for AI learning and opens it through an AI hub. The project aims to lower the barriers to entry and development of AI by companies and institutions, and it is being promoted by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Information Society Agency (NIA).

Korea Deep Learning was selected for the learning data construction project in the field of ‘Data made for traditional Korean ink painting styles’ in April. By forming a consortium with Kyung Hee University, the host institution, Seoul National University, the participating institution, and Allbigdat Inc, the team will put efforts into constructing the data until the end of November.

In this field, 2,200 pieces of original ink painting data reclassified based on difficulty will be distributed to selected ink artists, and various expression techniques of ink painting can be processed into image data with experts in each special domain.

Korea Deep Learning, which was in charge of data processing and model development in this consortium, introduced AI solutions to public institutions such as the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many large financial companies such as Shinhan Financial Group. With the experience and know-how of six AI patent applications, it is expected that the company will be able to achieve great results not only in simple data processing but also in the development of artificial intelligence models.

Kim Ji-hyeon, CEO of Deep Learning Korea, said, “Through this consortium, we plan to process various expression techniques of ink painting into data in a form that is easy for AI models to use.” She added, “The ultimate goal of this project is to navigate the direction of ink painting education by using AI technology, and to raise the awareness and understanding of traditional art.”

Meanwhile, Korea Deep Learning was recognized for its core technology ‘DEEP OCR’, and was selected as the 2022 KB Unicorn Club hosted by Gyeonggi CCEI and KB Kookmin Bank and is receiving an aid of customized accelerating program.

Gyeonggi CCEI is selected as Seed TIPS hosted by Ministry of SMEs and Startups

The Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy and Innovation (hereinafter referred to as the ‘Gyeonggi CCEI’) was selected as a consortium organization of ‘Seed TIPS’, a private-led preliminary startup support program hosted by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups.

Seed TIPS is a pilot project conducted by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups for the first time this year. It discovers promising technology start-up teams through private investment companies, and after incubating within 6 months, executes seed investment for excellent companies.

The purpose of this process is to foster early-stage start-ups and increase the success rate of technology entrepreneurship.

After this consortium selection, the Gyeonggi CCEI will cooperate with Infobank’s iExcel. The Seed TIPS is aiming to boost the value of promising start-up teams by customizing the entire cycle which includes, ▲ providing co-working space to participating companies ▲offering customized accelerating ▲linking global/large and medium-sized companies to open innovation ▲supporting global market entrance, and ▲supporting investment attraction. In addition, by utilizing the strengths of the TIPS operator, the project plans to closely support the scale-up of the companies by continuing to recommend and connect to the TIPS after the program ends.

For the startup team selected for this program, Infobank will ▲review the investment of up to 100 million won or more, ▲provide commercialization fund of up to 50 million won, ▲promote the business through ‘eo Channel’ which is subscribed to by 470,000 people, and other cooperative channels, ▲ and growth program essential for overall process of entrepreneurship, including 1 on 1 expert mentoring, assignment of a dedicated examiner, training session specializing in early start-up, patent consultation and portfolio building support, networking, etc. ▲ and connect to the TIPS for the final selection team after the program ends.

An official from the Gyeonggi CCEI said, “We will provide unstinting support so that promising preliminary and early start-up teams can build their capability to attract seed investment.

Companies wishing to participate in Seed TIPS can apply on the ‘eo PLANET’ website until the 18th, and the final selected team will be announced on September 23 after screening the documents and interviews.

Meanwhile, the Gyeonggi CCEI is a public accelerator that discovers and invests in promising companies and is focusing on the open innovation with global/large-and-medium-sized companies for innovative start-ups such as incubator companies, and the investment as the TIPS operator.

So far, direct investment has been completed in a total of 18 companies including SoyNet Co, ltd, Changupin, Inc, and i-Pin Labs. More detailed information can be found on the website of the Gyeonggi CCEI.

‘K-UAM Dream Team’, “Launching Drone Taxi in Jeju in 2025!”

Hanwha Systems formed the ‘K-UAM Dream Team’ consortium with Korea Airports Corporation and SK Telecom and started to provide Korea’s first commercial UAM service in Jeju-do by 2025. They will develop a pilot service connecting Jeju International Airport and major tourist attractions, and build vertiports (take-off and landing site) and UAM traffic management system.

The ‘K-UAM Dream Team’ signed an MOU for the ‘Jeju UAM Pilot Project’ with Jeju-do at Tamna Hall on the 14th. Representatives of each company who attended the signing ceremony decided to work together to create the first successful case of UAM commercial service in Korea as a hyper-cooperative business model that combines the strengths of private·public·local governments.

As the consortium and Jeju-do started institutional discussions for the UAM pilot project, such as the ‘Act on Promotion and Support of Urban Air Mobility Utilization’ was proposed in August, In Jeju Island, which has a safe operating environment and sufficient tourism demand, they are planning to create a business environment by modifying and supplementing current aviation system and the infrastructure.

The locational aspect of Jeju-do as Korea’s largest tourist attraction makes it easy to secure public acceptance, and rapid commercialization is possible because the Korea Airports Corporation’s Jeju Airport and navigation facility resources can be utilized to the fullest.

For the Jeju UAM pilot project in 2025 ▲Hanwha Systems will develop UAM aircraft, manufacture·sel·operate·maintains(MRO), and develop navigation and control solutions ▲Korea Airports Corporation will build UAM vertiports and operate navigation safety facilities by providing UAM traffic management service using infrastructure ▲SK Telecom will be responsible for providing UAM service based on a cooperative system between Joby Aviation from the United States, developing and operating a mobility platform, and in charge of communication system for UAM ▲Jeju-do will provide UAM operation site·infrastructure, and support licensing and administration in order to promote UAM ecosystem.

Based on their unique sensor·radar·avionics·ICT technologies, Hanwha Systems entered the UAM market for the first time in Korea in July 2019 and is developing an electric vertical take-off and landing UAM aircraft (eVTOL) ‘Butterfly’. Hanwha Systems, which is planning to conduct the first flight test of a full-scale unmanned prototype next year, is in the process of acquiring a Type Certificate from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2025 with Overair, a joint development company of the US. Currently, they are also focusing on the development of
communication·navigation·surveillance and information (CNSi)
infrastructure control system technology required for UAM operation.

The consortium will verify safety through the government demonstration project K-UAM Grand Challenge 1st~2nd stages (2023~2024, Goheung, Jeollanam-do, and the metropolitan area), and at the same time, build ground infrastructure such as vertiport, which is UAM vertical take-off and landing site, to build UAM in Jeju-do in 2025. They plan to start a pilot project and develop it as a basis for complex urban UAM operation by incorporating future technologies.

Currently, major cities in the world (LA·Florida, the US, Paris, France and Osaka, Japan) are planning to commercialize UAM from 2024 to 2025, and the Jeju-do pilot project is expected to be the fastest in Korea.

Seong-cheol Eoh, CEO of Hanwha Systems, said, “Hanwha Systems is providing a total solution for the
development·operation·infrastructure of Advanced Air Vehicle(AAV), and we have a goal to verify safety of UAM and to preemptively prepare operational and technical standards suitable for domestic conditions. The K-UAM Dream Team Consortium will do its best to lower the psychological hurdles for new transportation in Jeju, where tourism·cultural resources are concentrated, and to lead the future mobility paradigm.”

Hyung-joong Yoon, president of Korea Airports Corporation, said, “The Jeju-do pilot project is based on the know-how and technology of Korea Airports Corporation, which has been responsible for Korea’s aviation safety for the past 40 years, as well as future technology and capital possessed by Hanwha Systems and SK Telecom, and support from Jeju-do. This project is the hyper-cooperative business model that combines all the resources from these organizations, and it will serve as an opportunity for Korea to take off as a global leader in the UAM industry. We will continue to take on challenges through cooperation with the private sector in the future.”

Young-sang Ryu, CEO of SK Telecom, said, “We will grow Jeju-do, an eco-friendly tourist attraction, based on UAM’s innovation, to become a game changer for future mobility services. We plan to create tangible results through close collaboration of the K-UAM Dream Team Consortium and set mid- to long-term goals.”

Hanwha Systems·Korea Airports Corporation·SK Telecom have been collaborating to create a UAM ecosystem since last year, and in April, they launched the ‘K-UAM Dream Team’ consortium with the Korea Transport Institute and the Korea Meteorological Institute.

Quick News

kakao&kakao healthcare unveils “breathing-exercise service” to help people overcome the long-standing pandemic

Under the slogan that reads “Despite Covid-19, breath well and rest well,” this service is designed to provide people with a breathing guide to recover from the aftereffects of the virus such as coughing, mucus, and fatigue.

This service consists of four different exercises to mitigate coughing and mucus and fight fatigue. The company referred to the guidelines on the aftereffects of COVID-19 on the PASC Dashboard from AAPM&R, American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, when developing the exercise activities. In addition, medical advice and supervision from Kangwon National University Hospital made this service all the more reliable.

Pixelplay enters into an agreement with a blockchain platform, Polygon

Pixel Play entered into a marketing agreement with Polygon, an Ethereum expansion platform that supported Web3 onboarding, and will develop its P2E game “Pixel Battle” based on the Polygon network.

Park Jin-bae, CEO of Pixel Play, said, “Polygon’s technological innovation and game-friendly policies will create synergy effects to become the best partner in Pixel Battle services that the company developed.”

Naver Z joined “Tech Coalition,” an alliance of global tech

Naver Z decided to join Tech Coalition, which aims to combat online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

With Naver Z joining this alliance, the company expects close cooperation with international I.T. corporations. And Naver Z will introduce new technologies to detect and prevent sexual exploitation of children and create an environment where all minors use Geppetto with safety.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom