Korea’s biggest electronics show highlights interindustry collaboration

By Song Su-hyun

Chipmakers, home appliance manufacturers, display panel makers, automakers join 2018 Korea Electronics Show in Seoul to showcase how collaboration can change life

  • Published : Oct 24, 2018 - 16:57
  • Updated : Oct 24, 2018 - 16:57

A total of 729 tech companies from 15 countries participated in the 2018 Korea Electronics Show that kicked off Wednesday, showcasing how technological collaboration among different industries can bring about changes to consumers’ everyday life with innovative products.

The KES is the biggest information technology show taking place every October in Seoul, inviting thousands of tech industry officials, analysts and media outlets to introduce the latest trends in the tech world and showcase new technologies.

At the opening ceremony for the 2018 KES, Samsung CEO Kim Ki-nam announced, “We will increase collaboration with other industries on new technologies as the boundaries of the industries are blurring in the digital era.”

The three-day event runs separate forums on the display and semiconductor industries on the second day.

Some 434 tech leaders including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, SK hynix, Samsung Display and LG Display took center stage of the KES, exhibiting the most cutting-edge products and services. 

CLOi robots are demonstrated at LG Electronics’ booth at the 2018 Korea Electronics Show held at Coex on Wednesday. (LG Electronics)

Samsung Display captured visitors’ attention with the introduction of haptic on display technology, or HoD.

By embedding haptic sensors in organic light-emitting diode displays for media contents such as holograms and virtual reality, the company maximized the feeling of finger touches on OLED displays that will help double immersion into content like mobile games, virtual reality and augmented reality.

An OLED display specialized for VR content with 1,200 pixels per inch was exhibited at the Samsung Display booth, winning a slew of attention. 

Samsung Display employees show the company’s 8K liquid crystal display panel at the International Media Information Display that is part of the 2018 Korea Electronics Show at Coex in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, Wednesday. (Samsung Display)

The panel maker also presented fingerprint on display and sound on display technologies that would soon be used by smartphone makers to replace physical buttons and make phones with nearly full OLED screens and almost no bezel.

“I have confidence in all of the technologies and display products we are presenting today at the KES,” said Samsung Display CEO Lee Dong-hoon.

Jochen Schaefers, manager for supply chain management at Mercedes-Benz based in Stuttgart, flew to Seoul to take a tour of the KES with a group of Korean tech industry leaders, including Samsung Electronics CEO Kim Ki-nam.

“Mercedes-Benz is participating in the KES for the second time to see new innovative car components made by the Korean companies,” Schaefers said. “Many talks are going on with Samsung and LG to purchase car electronics these days.”

Currently, Mercedes-Benz is purchasing batteries for electric vehicles from Samsung SDI and LG Chem, OLED panels from LG Display and headlights from LG Electronics, the Benz official elaborated.

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