It was an awesome time in Changwon South Korea. We were here for the Korean start up tech show. My friends at Aving.net brought me here to judge start ups.
The show had more than just start ups, they hosted a maker fair, and had a robotic battle competition. Aving Blogger Eva has a broken heel, which was repaired with a 3d printer.
The Maker faire had a lot of great ideas from Korean students, hobbyists, and creative individuals. Many also competed in the RC competitions during the week.
There were two stand out companies I talked with, and one I already knew about, because I’ve done a video at CES on it. Red Submarine is touting to be the smallest sensor yet – 2-3 times smaller than ones in your watches, and other devices.
Green Zone Corporation makes a joint for rebar. This turns into the natural spiral of rebar, and lets you continue the bar at an angle – from around 10-80 degree angles. By doing this, you extend the rebar, and can make solid structures that don’t have to be at 90 degrees. You also don’t bend the rebar, which can weaken it.
Edenlux is a company that develops the OTUS – a device you put over your eyes to help correct your vision. You wear this for about 5 minutes a day, and it exercises your eyes while you are watching TV or using you iPad/iPhone.
There are many more companies that I didn’t get to. KSTS also had a VR pavillion, where you can see how VR is being used in industrial and commercial settings.
Startup communities in Changwon
I interviews JungHan Baek, president of Changwon Industry Promotion Agency. You can see that video here.
I was joined by Leo of Le Café Du Geek and Eve of Aving Russia for a tour of the Gyeongnom Center for Creative Economy and Innovation. Very similar to a startup incubator in the U.S. They have 523 startups around South Korea, 152 in Changwon.
In the back, a group of people were making bags out of leather. We checked out the 3D print room, the hang spaces, and an interesting wood panels that were shaped into a DIY build – chairs, tables, and more.