Touchy-feely, lets take it home!

Tech in South Korea never ceases to amaze me in the turn-your-head ability. This particular piece of tech is a digital signage board/ information board as seen on a subway platform at Sindorim station, Seoul.

Entirely interactive, it shows neat sutff like up and coming movies, events and the like. The ‘killer app’ I’d like to see is an interactive Seoul metropolitan subway map. It might exist, and it would save alot of confusion when out on walks.

Internationally, this knocks the socks of anything that the Wellington metro suburban railway system can put up, but a brief search of the shows that there are plenty of countries with digital signage boards.

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  1. This is one of the things we’ve been promoting over at the STO. There’s another one called ‘U-Tour’ – internet kiosks right on the street where you can check your email, get info about local points of interest and there’s also a camera above the screen so you can take your picture and email it off somewhere. They came out in March. Back then, I was told to say the whole thing is completely unique to Seoul, but I can’t help thinking Tokyo probably got there first.

    • I would say that the technology itself is in most places (those can afford it that is) but, *how* it’s used can be unique.

      Use my email in public? No thanks. All and sundry can read your emails, comprehension or not.

      Unless privacy is not an issue, then it’s ideal.

      Unless the webcam faces something unique to the location, or has a sign saying “Sindorim, Seoul welcomes you” then it’ll be absolutely pointless. You can achieve the same photograph using a digital camera. Korea, bali bali.

  2. Oh how I wish for something like that here! I’m directionally challenged and always need all the help I can get when it comes to public transport!

    • As far as I know it’s the high-tech equvalent of a noticeboard sans cork and push pins.

      The iPhone has a navigation app that tells you what’s available in the local area. It uses the camera on the front. However, as a male I refuse to pull over and ask for directions. Even if I’m on foot.

  3. WOW! Another of my long-time nicknames is Gadget Girl so you know how this post (and glimmer of hope) made me feel all warm and fuzzy all over. I almost have a feeling that this is already here, but then I’m out in public and these devices/services are “missing” and it all feels like that deja vu/dream state again. Can’t wait. *Enter*

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    • All a matter of money, technology, uptake…maybe in my lifetime these sorts of things will be on *almost* every street corner.

  4. The idea of an interactive street map is a very interesting idea.
    Since I came to live in France I have noticed many of the maps you encounter as you enter a town or area do NOT have a ‘you are here’ notation.
    Honestly, so I have to find the cross roads and match it with the map or just throw my hands up in the air and ask for more directions. This like many things in the south of France never cease to amaze me. This is one reason why I created my blog on Nice called http://www.crazyparking.com check out how people park here!
    D

    • The one thing that would be on MY maps would be the arrow specifiying where you are with the caption under saying “YOU ARE LOST”. Why else would you need a map?

      But with handheld navigation devices becoming more and more common, the only thing that you need (aside from a French-English dictionary) is money to buy the device. Tech can be so expensive.

  5. That’s kind of scary. Cool, but scary. Technology is spreading so fast, it seems as if it’s only a matter of time before we’re living “The Jetsons” type lifestyle.

    • Hovercars? Robot maids? Moving wallways? These already exist, it’s now just a matter of commercialisation of the product. Cheaper and better is the way of making science into a piece of technology that the public can use.

      For example: GPS receivers. 20 years ago they were exclusive to the military, now most every car has one.

  6. Wow, you never know what they will come up with next! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  7. There is a lot of energy being wasted on technology just for technologie’s sake.
    For instance, there are expensive cars today, nobody knows how to fix except certain car shops, if, they just happen to have the correct computer card needed to change out the defective one. The price on such cards and changing them, is staggering.
    This is stupidity on a grand scale. This is not an advance in technology. It is car dealers and manufacturers, ripping of the public who do not know better.
    We face many such technological problems these days, when so much of the older simpler systems, work much better. The new Toyota car braking system, is just one example of over design. For so many years their older systems worked faultlessly.
    Why are we all allowing ourselves to be sucked in to this crap ?

    • Cars aside Colin, you could put it down to consumerism on a grand scale. New models of cellphones in South Korea (and possibly Japan) come out every six months. This is very much keeping up with the Jones’s. The underlying cultural reference is that image is everything.

      Functionality is one thing, but having a gimick stuck onto a previous model is just gratuatous.

      With regards to cars, the Toyota scandal is exemplary. Toyota has taken a huge hit in the reputation stakes, and, I have heard is reviewing the case again.

      Lastly, with regards to cars, it may not be a major advance in technology but, an advance in reliability. In my Granddad’s day, car were definitely built to last (but not to repair). You had to take apart the engine just to get the tuning right. Nowdays, it’s the opposite, cars are more realiable, but are more disposable. Quite often it is easier replace a defective part rather than to repair it. End point: it’s easier to replace than to repair or upgrade, that’s the economies of scale.

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  9. It’s amazing technique it’s touchy and leave an impact to the viewer, like the graphics and digital screen.

  10. You really see more and more digital signs eveywhere- wonder how long it’ll take for them to phase out your average (now old fashioned?) signs?

    • Billboards maybe becoming the thing of the past, but IMHO, they will never be replaced by electronic billboards. Conventional billboards are cheap; cheap to buy, maintain and run. Paper doesn’t need electricity!

      As to digital and interactive signage, OLED technology might have a part to play in making the signage cheaper to run.

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