Meet the fans of tomorrow today: the world’s first cheering robots

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in Tech on Friday 15 August 2014

The Hanwha Eagles, a South Korean professional baseball team, became famous recently not so much for their wins but because they filled three rows of a stadium with robots they named Fanbots. Their fans can request for their faces to be projected on each Fanbot’s facial screen and their messages sent via SMS can be projected in real time by the LED placards held by these robots.

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In South Korea, a giant camera with a coffee shop inside

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Friday 4 April 2014

Here’s another item to add on the bucket list of photographers. Six miles east of Seoul, South Korea, there’s a coffee shop designed to look like a giant Rolleiflex Camera. Also inside the iconic structure, called the ‘Dreaming Camera Café’, is a mini museum that houses both classic and modern cameras.

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Mindbending! South Korea may actually build this $290 billion sci-fi property

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 21 February 2014

Apparently there are now plans for South Korea’s port city of Incheon to build 8City, a massive $290 billion leisure and gaming destination by 2030. According to the developer, if the project gets the green light, the resort will be built on Yongyu-Muui island near Incheon international airport, and come with the likes of casinos, […]

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Photos of an Aircraft Breaking sound barrier

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Photography on Friday 22 November 2013

Recently released by the US Navy, these photos document an FA-18 Hornet as it shatters the sound barrier. The event took place on July 7, 1999 off the coast of Pusan, South Korea. Apparently the cloud around the craft is due to  Prandtl-Glauert singularity.

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Yellow Ribbon: a nostalgic love note app

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By Contributions in Tech on Tuesday 12 March 2013

We just recently finished a low poly commercial for a Korean company called MagnaLAB to promote their flagship app, YellowRibbon. The app allows the users to send a message to a person who can only open the message when he/she gets to the specific location the sender wants them to go to. This video explains the story […]

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Colorful art by Seoul’s Soulist Aurora

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By Cinthya Lopez in New Art on Tuesday 31 July 2012

Hajin Bae, aka Soulist Aurora, creates very colorful and enchanting artwork. She is an illustrator and graphic designer from Seoul. Great graphics, great colors, great art.

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New art by South Korean illustrator Young Ju Choi

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By Mat Miller in New Illustration on Thursday 26 April 2012

Young Ju Choi is a freelance illustrator from South Korea, currently attending Savannah College of Art and Design. I recently stumbled upon Young Ju’s work and instantly became a fan. If you’re feeling a little down and need some cheering up, then her work will surely remedy you. She uses vibrant washes of colour together with a very distinct drawing style that makes her work accomplished and cute at the same time.

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Perfume: an all-girl pop trio from Japan

Patrick Gildersleeves Reader Find

By Patrick Gildersleeves in New Music on Friday 7 October 2011

I may be marking myself out as a bit of a nerd here, but I have a guilty pleasure in listening to the poppiest of pop music from the Far East, particularly Japan and South Korea. Perfume, an all-girl trio are my favourite group and they make ridiculously super produced electro pop music.

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Virtual supermarket in a South Korean subway

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Trends on Saturday 16 July 2011

This is the greatest invention. Ever. Commuters in South Korea can now do their grocery shopping whilst waiting for the train to arrive using their mobile phone to scan the QR codes of the virtual goodies they want. The order is then delivered direct to their doorstep the next day. Amazing! Sure beats moaning about the crowds, delays, smells, noises …

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Pee-Powered Portable Battery

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By Michelle Wilding in New Eco on Wednesday 12 May 2010

Contrary to popular belief, you now can recharge a battery by urinating on it. The MetalCell, a unique and portable backup battery that charges from sodium, was designed by South Korean researchers in a bid to replenish electronics when in warfare.

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Toilet shaped house, South Korea

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By The Uncool Hunter in Cool Travel on Monday 12 October 2009

In an attempt to have a more comfortable life, Sim Jae-duck, a Korean activist from Suwon, south of Seoul, decided to build a house of extraordinary proportions. The result is a 4,508-sq-foot toilet-style structure in the shape of a toilet. It’s a symbol of Korean hygiene. Sim Jae-duck, who is the President of the Inaugural […]

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South Korea’s Dalki Theme Park

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Wednesday 7 October 2009

Designed by Slade Architecture in collaboration with Ga.A Architects and Mass Studies, the Dalki Theme Park in South Korea’s Kyungki Province is a shrine to a popular cartoon character used to promote clothing and other goodies to young Korean children.

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Hotel Full Moon

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Architecture on Thursday 2 July 2009

The vision of South Korean design consultancy Heerim Architects, the 35 story Hotel Full Moon is being built in Baku, Azerbaijan, on the west coast of the Caspian Sea.

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Xinjian Lu

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Art on Monday 17 November 2008

Xinjian Lu is a Professor of Visual Communication at South Korea’s Yeungnam University. But he is also a gifted artist in his own right, as evidenced by these elaborately shaped and vibrantly coloured works from his Love series.

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Ramis Kim

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Events on Monday 11 August 2008

Born in Seoul Korea, but now working out of Los Angeles, Ramis Kim creates mixed media pieces which explore idealized childhood memories and invented narratives in imagined landscapes. An MFA graduate from Cal Arts in Valencia, Kim paints film and TV backgrounds when not creating her own art. Her work will be seen in a group show of Little Paper Plane artists, curated by Kelly Lynn Jones at Tinlark Gallery opening September 13.

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