New technology promises shopping revolution

Imagine shopping without a trolley.

New technology on display in Korea this week demonstrates how consumers can go shopping in a supermarket, scan the barcodes of the products they want to buy and have them delivered at home at their convenience.

The concept was discussed by an SK Telecom official at the World IT Show 2015, the largest IT exhibition in Korea, held at Coex .

Korean mobile carriers are focusing on booths where visitors can experience daily life with future communications technologies.

For example, SK Telecom, the largest mobile carrier in Korea, prepared a model home where visitors can experience its “Smart Home Service” app, which lets users turn on and off various devices found in ordinary houses like door locks, dehumidifiers, boilers and gas valves. They can adjust lighting in their homes a mind boggling 36,000 ways.

SK also recreated a large supermarket as part of its exhibit. In the demo store, visitors can experience its “Smart Shopper” app, which helps users make easy purchases by scanning product barcodes.

Not to be outdone, KT unveiled its GiGA Path technology that combines Wi-Fi and long-term evolution networks to support mobile connections that are four times faster than those offered by current technology. The company pledged to be the first in the world to unveil a 5G mobile network, with a planned launch in time for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

At SME booths, companies exhibited promising technology such as three-dimensional printers, flexible joint robots, drones and wireless recharging systems for mobile devices and electronic vehicles.

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics introduced their latest TV and other IT products. Samsung exhibited ultra-high-definition (SUHD) televisions and new flagship smartphones including the Iron Man limited edition of the Galaxy S6 Edge. LG displayed organic light-emitting diode (OLED) televisions, its latest flagship handset and smartwatches.

A visitor to the show said, “With the exhibition, we can imagine our future lives. However, it is a pity that it could not differentiate itself from the Mobile World Congress held earlier this year.”

*Original reporting by John Choi.


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