Koreans love gadgets. Korea’s high-speed internet service allows users to download a 2-hour movie in just 2 minutes. This is due to South Korea’s support of many of Korea’s top telecommunications companies like SK and KT. They made faster internet a priority in South Korea. This allows for IoT to gain ground in Seoul. The demand for connected device technology increases year after year. Korea has a number of emerging and innovative IoT startups. These Korean IoT startups are taking a unique approach to solve challenging problems.

The interconnectivity between the digital world and the real world is greater than ever. IoT is one of the main factors fueling innovation in our daily lives. Therefore those interested in wearable startups in Korea there is an article covering those startups as well.

14 Korean IoT Startups that are paving the way for IoT innovation

Nuvilab

Nuvilab is an IoT startup that developed an AI food scanner that can detect the types and amounts of food on a plate. Therefore, users do not need to weigh their food on a scale or take extra action for scanning. Using Nuvilab’s technology, food data can be collected in a fast and convenient way. Their AI can analyze the information of what the user consumed and provide nutritional benefits such as calorie intake and nutritional information. Therefore, the AI food scanner can update the user’s nutrient information automatically and digitally. Nuvilab showcased its technology at CES 2022.

J2C

J2C was founded in September 2015 by Youjung Kim and a small group of highly experienced engineers, dedicated to developing innovative and cost-effective iris recognition devices. The startup was also named one of the K-Global 300 Companies by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning in 2017. Their latest product is an affordable compact iris detection camera called ALKAID. The camera module and iris detection system were developed by J2C and offer the best iris detection solution for businesses and personal phones.

J2C has registered numerous patents related to capturing clear, accurate, high-resolution iris and facial recognition images, seven of which were evaluated at a combined USD $3.7 Million from the Korea Development Bank. Five of their patents are registered in the US., Japan, Europe, Africa, and Brazil. Therefore, moving forward, their business goal is to develop a full range of iris recognition solution that delivers superior usability, speed, and imaging performance at an affordable price. Ultimately, our vision is to grow as the global leader in the total security solution provider market.

CATCHFLOW

catchflowCATCHFLOW is the creator of the world’s smallest directional speaker called SPRAY. Many directional speakers are too large, difficult to install and have low sound quality. SPRAY is not only easy to install but small enough to easily transport. Best of all it is affordable. They have 4 types of SPRAY products.

  • A small directional speaker called SPRAY-S
  • Portable directional speaker for general users called SPRAY-P
  • Neckband directional speaker for the hearing impaired called SPRAY-N
  • A high-powered directional speaker for Smart Cities called SPRAY-H

Perfitt

Perfitt

Perfitt is a device that measures your shoe size using the Perfitt R analyzer. Their machine-learning algorithm called Perfitt AI matches the user’s feet measurements to the millimeter. By using AI machine learning technology based on data on 140,000 shoe sizes and 20,000 shoes, Perfitt is able to give customers the best shoe size recommendation. Therefore Perfitt R will have a complete profile of the user’s foot size to match with their internal database. Therefore both the customer and the store save time and energy.

Customers simply place their feet on top of a paper kit sent by Perfitt. They then take a picture using the Perfitt app which is able to measure the foot’s length, width, height, and heel. Over 90% of the users are satisfied with their shoe size recommendation by Perfitt AI. There are over 40 global shoe brands such as Adidas and New Balance that are on Perfett’s platform. In addition, Perfitt has registered two patents related to its technology in South Korea and the United States.

They have been able to raise $2.7 million in total funding which they will use to expand into the global market.

WARP Solution

WARP Solution

WARP Solution uses radio frequency to provide a truly wireless charging technology. It relies on a technology called WARPS which delivers power over the air at a distance and without the need for wires. Therefore users can simultaneously charge IoT sensors and devices. Their key products include:

RF Wireless Free Power Square – The power square is provided as a set (mouse pad and a mouse). The RF wireless charging is possible anywhere on the pad without worrying about the charging location.

RF Smart LED Lamp – This product combines RF wireless charging technology and lighting. There are various applications that can be charged at the same time.

stand:on (Qi-type) – A Qi-type wireless charger that is not only small but also has optimal functionality.

Brunt

Brunt Korean IoT StartupKorean IoT startup Brunt develops IoT smart home software and hardware. Some of their key products are electric outlets, air purifiers, automatic window blinds, and a mobile app that controls all devices. The Brunt Airjet which is a uniquely designed air purifier uses a high-quality HEPA13 Filter that can remove 99.95% of micro-particles in the air.  In addition, the future is bright for Brunt as the smart home industry is on the rise and the demands for these products will continue to accelerate.

Brunt got over $1.3 million in seed funding from Naver and Kakao Ventures. Their plans for 2022 will be to raise consumer awareness and expand outside of Korea.

MAETEL (ZEREMA)

MAETEL is a Korean IoT startup that focuses on sleep technologies. Their first product is called ZEREMA. It is an AI-Smart pillow that provides two main functions. It stops snoring and the pillow height can be adjusted. The user simply sets the air cushion to the height of the user’s preference by using the ZEREMA app. This adjustable feature works automatically with the AI-powered snore detecting technology. It reduces snoring by inflating the air cushions inside the pillow. When the AI detects snoring, the air cushion lifts the neck and re-opens the airway to stop the snoring.

Bagel Labs

Korean IoT Startup Bagel Labs PIEKorean IoT Startup Bagel Labs is the creator of PIE a smart tape measure. PIE is used to measure a person’s body size and then transfer that data to its smartphone app. They can track and analyze changes to their body for fitness and health purposes. PIE launched on Kickstarter at a price of $39 and within a day they were able to hit their goal of $30,000.

Their first product Bagel which was a digital tape measure was a huge hit globally. It raised $1.35 million on Kickstarter to over 100 countries. They are only a handful of Korean IoT Startups to have raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. The hope of PIE is that body measurements will be prized data in the future. Therefore, there is a lot of potential to partner with the fashion industry as well as the e-commerce industry as more people shop online and need data to improve customer satisfaction.

In addition, the data collected will be used by Bagel Labs to create a new platform to provide body measurement services for customers.

“Our goal is to innovate the way we measure size,” said CEO of Bagel Labs, Park Soo-Hong.”

Omolle

SmartMat

Omolle is the creator of the world’s first multi-fitness smart mat. It offers users a connected fitness service at a reasonable price. The smart mat and band retail for $299. It comes with interactive content for a variety of mat exercises such as HIIT, strength, Tabata, and much more. The mat is portable so users can work out indoors, outdoors, and is perfect when traveling. Furthermore, the smart mat has approximately 7,700 sensors that monitor the movement of the user’s feet. The smart band detects the motion of the user’s arms through its 6-axis IMU sensor. Their AI technology analyzes the collected movement data and provides interactive on-demand classes in real-time.

GLAMOS (CoreDAR)

GLAMOS

Korean startup CoreDAR created GLAMOS, a tiny lidar sensor that lets users control their TV, laptop, or projector using gestures. Therefore users can create a virtual touchscreen anywhere they want. Users will be able to effortlessly cycle through presentations by waving through the air. It works by creating a motion-sensing field by rapidly firing a laser at a constantly rotating mirror. Moreover, the device has the ability to detect at a rate of 40 times per second. Therefore users no longer need a mouse or a cursor to click and scroll. GLAMOS has been able to raise over $350,000 on crowdfunding platforms to date which makes them one top Korean IoT Startups to raise that much through crowdfunding.

LUPLE

Oilly

Luple is one of the few Korean IoT startups that originated from the internal venture program, C-Lab by Samsung Electronics. They launched a Kickstarter in 2020 for their light therapy product. It got over $100,000 in funding and won the Innovation Award at CES 2021/2022 for Health & Wellness. Currently, Luple’s smart light therapy brand, Olly, is being exported to countries all over the world including the United States, Japan, Switzerland, and Germany. Moreover, Olly comes in two forms. There is Olly Day which contains morning sunlight that provides a concentrated awakening effect in daily life with melatonin control. The other is Olly Night for intensive sleep care. It helps activate the sleep hormone melatonin and provides a relaxing light to help create a stable rest and sleep environment.

Lumir

Korean IoT Startup Lumir

One of the more popular Korean IoT startups Lumir is the maker of a candle-powered light-emitting diode lamp called Lumir C. They were a hit on Kickstarter back in 2016. Through Kickstarter, they were able to raise a little over $130,000 from 1,000 backers from over 50 countries. The Lumir C ($80) is a LED lamp powered by a candle, without any external power supply.

Soon Lumir was able to come out with Lumir K ($20) which was much cheaper and efficient. Unlike Lumir C, Lumir K uses affordable cooking oil. Therefore, Lumir K would allow people in underdeveloped countries to have this device. It can be almost 100 times brighter than a traditional candle. It only consumes 5ml of oil per hour. They also have the Lumir S ($70) which is a glass table lamp powered by a USB or regular power source. Furthermore, check out their design bulbs Lumir B and Lumir 4E.

Winner of the James Dyson Award

They received over $275,000 in seed money and were a part of KOICA’s startup acceleration program CTS. Furthermore, Lumir was the winner of the James Dyson Award and has also won many design awards for its innovation and sustainability. Furthermore, the Lumir series could improve the lives of tens of millions of people around the world that are living without electricity. Currently, Lumir is working with many organizations to bring light to countries like Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and Brunei just to name a few.

“We are producing in both Korea and China, working with local partners. In the future, we would like to build the Lumir K product in Indonesia, as that will help reach the market easier and faster while creating more jobs in the area,” said CEO of Lumir, Park Je-hwan.

10Minds (Motion Pillow)

Korean IoT Startup 10Minds

Korean IoT startups – 10Minds is the creator of a smart pillow called The Motion Pillow. The Solution Box which comes with The Motion Pillow detects, records, and analyzes snoring patterns. Therefore, based on the data the airbag pillow inflates or deflates to create a sleeping posture for better breathing.

Users can also monitor their data on sleeping patterns and trends daily, weekly, and monthly. In addition, 10Minds also came out with an eye massager called Breo. It brings relief to eye fatigue, stress, puffiness, and other ailments that hurt eye performance. It comes with built-in music and can heat up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. One treatment lasts just 15 minutes.

8Cups

Korean IoT Startup 8cupsKorean IoT startups – 8Cups is a smart bottle that keeps track of your water intake. It also sends reminders to when to drink and stores the data in a smartphone app. In addition, it is dishwasher safe. You can also simply turn the bottle upside down for 3 seconds and it will go to dish wash mode. It takes 3 hours to charge and can last for 3-4 days. Furthermore, drinking plenty of water can help to lose weight as well as earn money. Yes, you heard that right. 8Cups offers a program that allows users to earn up to 200 won a day.

Their focus for 2022 will be to work on improving the smart bottle to count calories as well as caffeine and sugar intake.