Top 10 Korean Technologies to Watch out for in 2020

South Korea has spent a lot of time on research and development. The Korean government encourages companies to push the limits. The reason was to make itself the leader in technological innovations. This is why the Korean government is behind blockchain technologies. That was the hot tech in 2019. The top corporations like Korea are constantly looking for new products and technologies thanks to their own investment in R&D.  Innovative startups in Korea are also taking risks and coming up with new ideas they can test in the Korean market before taking it global. So what new technologies will drive South Korean businesses in 2020? These are the top 10 new Korean technologies that have the potential to be commercialized globally and lead to newer technologies and successful businesses. The rankings are in no particular order. 

Top 10 Korean Technologies to Watch for in 2020

The “Rollable” TV

Korean Technologies

LG is at the forefront of new technologies regarding flatscreen TVs. Their “rollable” TV screen is able to roll up which allows for it to fit inside the rectangular speaker. The TV screen itself is flexible and can be rolled up with a click of a button. To create this LG created an ultra-thin rollable OLED display but also technologies to enhance the quality of the images as well as the sound. The “rollable” TV can be partially shown to show the time, dashboard, etc. It can do 50,000 rolls and unrolls which equals 4 times a day for the next 32 years. In addition, it is extremely quiet as it rolls in and out of the speaker. 

Water Absorption Technology 

Water Absorption Technology 

Created by KISTI, this water-absorbent technology saves energy in regards to heating and cooling systems. It is one of the top Korean technologies to out in the last decade. If you have lived in Korea, you know how hot the summers get. Also, the winters get very cold. Therefore saving energy for heating and cooling systems is something many Korean companies look for.

The technology that KISTI created absorbs up to 4 times greater than regular absorbents. This is possible because KISTI lowers the material regeneration temperature to under 70 degrees Celsius. Normal regeneration temperatures reach up to 200 degrees Celsius. 

Companies that make diapers, pads, tampons should look into this technology to offer the best quality product. Water absorbent technology can also be used for hot and cold therapy packs, surgical pads, face masks, just to name a few.  

Micro LED TVs

Samsung’s newest technology is the Micro LED TV. It is 75 inches in length and uses smaller LED ships which helps it pump out denser pixels. In addition, it can be customized in various sizes to fit into various spaces. In order to get 4K resolution on to their Micro LEDs, it required millions of built-in chips. MicroLED sets are similar to OLEDs in their self-emissive properties, but instead of using organic light-emitting diodes they use tiny, non-organic LEDs (3 per pixel). Therefore each pixel can be turned on or off individually. This means Micro LED TVs offer perfect contrast and color control. In addition, Micro LEDs can keep running non-stop for 100,000 hours which is just over 11 years. 

Kevlar Textile Coating Technology

Created by UNIST (Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology). This Kevlar textile coating method technology increases performance. This is easily in the top 10 Korean technologies because of its potential to save lives. They apply zinc oxide to the Kevlar fiber. This increases the shock-absorption factor by 60%. Kevlar is a synthetic fiber known for its high-strength. Most know that Kevlar is already pretty strong. The coat that is applied to the Kevlar is easy to apply.  

The possible uses for this product would not just be for police vests. It can be used to create stronger bicycle/car tires and racing sails. Smartphone companies inquired about this technology due to its high tensile strength to weight ratio. Kevlar is 5 times stronger than steel. Most Kevlar producing companies want to onboard this new technology and if it is proven successful, others should follow.  

Walking Car Technology 

HyundaiHyundai Motor has created the first ultimate mobility vehicle (UMV) called ELEVATE. It combines robotic technology to electric cars. It will be able to travel through various terrains including stairs (up to 5 feet high) and can be vital for search and rescue operations. Furthermore, it can allow for easier transportation of those with disabilities and the elderly with their 4-sided vehicle access. These UMVs will have a modular EV platform that allows the capability to switch out different bodies for specific situations. In addition, the legs can also fold up into a stowed drive-mode, where the power to the joints are cut, and the use of an integrated passive suspension system maximizes battery efficiency. Therefore, they can drive at highway speeds like any other vehicle. 

Medical Robotics Technology

Medical Robotics Technology

KIMM (Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials) has created a “Caregiver Robot” that could be used for future patients. These robots will support a patient’s recovery and rehabilitation by helping a patient’s upper and lower bodies. The robots will not be required to have a controller and will work automatically. These “Caregiver Robots” will be in high demand in Korea in 2020.

Currently, in Korea, there is a shortage of nurses and caregivers. Therefore, as human labor decreases and fewer people get into the nursing sector. We will need to provide another solution. In the future, robot caregivers will become much more advanced. For now, this robot can be a start where we can build on the existing technology. The benefits of these robots will be great. Since robots do not need to sleep it will always be available to give patient support. This would have been something that would be too costly and ineffective with humans.  

3D Screen Monitors 

Korean TechnologyKorean startup MOPIC has created a monitor that offers 3D without the need for 3D glasses. They developed a program for the monitor screen itself. The technology enables the camera in front of the device to track down what viewers watch and adjust all the pixels (from the monitor) to accurately reach their eyes. Their Snap3D is a 3D/VR viewer made in the form of a smartphone case. With the introduction of high-speed and massive data wireless technology transferring 5G technology, the MOPIC Snap3D will be able to have access to high-quality stereoscopic videos and AR contents anywhere and at any time. The price for the case is around $30. 

Korean Technologies – TuPiX


TuPiX technology created by KISTI (Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information). It is a system that analyzes Big Data quickly through its algorithm. Big Data analytics is the process of analyzing large amounts of data to find patterns, market trends, and other useful business information. More and more Korean companies are incorporating Big Data into their companies.

Big data provides better customer service and improved efficiency. Big Data overall helps companies make better business decisions. Therefore having a great system for Big Data analysis is important. TuPix can cut data processing times to 1/7th of its current speed. It is only a matter of time before every company starts using Big Data to improve their business.

Smartphone Hearing Aid

Korean startup SnailSound has created an application that allows a smartphone to be used as a hearing aid. The app collects sound from around those with hearing loss and transforms the sound into what they can hear on a real-time basis. It consists of an app and an earpiece. The app analyzes user-preferred sound from feedback by simple hearing tests, then calibrates the sound to be heard clearer. With a smart non-linear amplification and AI-based adaptive noise suppression algorithms, SnailSound amplifies inaudible sound and suppresses background noise at the same time to give a better hearing experience to the hearing impaired without the need for expensive hearing aids. 

Korean Technologies – “Zing” Technology

"Zing" Technology

Created by ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), the “Zing” technology sends large quantities of content through a smartphone in just a few seconds. The transmission speed is 3.5 Gbps. This is 8,000 times faster than the current NFC (Near-Field Communication). It uses a set of communication protocols that enable two electronic devices to establish communication.  

This means the new technology will only take about 3 seconds to send a 1 GB movie to and from your smartphone. Since Korea is such a smartphone heavy market, this technology has a lot of potential for commercialization. 5G will launch very soon. Therefore technologies that help with connecting devices are in high demand.  

These are just a few Korean technologies to watch out for in 2019. All five have an appeal for the global market. It is possible that most of these technologies will be first tested in Korea before going global.