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A glimpse of futuristic technologies at Yeosu

The Yeosu Expo is well under way with over 100 nations around the world busy presenting their unique cultures and technologies.

A glimpse at the current status of imaging technology from around the world

The Yeosu Expo brought together technologies from every corner of the globe for visitors to experience. The most noticeable exhibit is imaging technology. Quite a few among the more than 80 pavilions deliver new ocean-themed messages through images.

The dome-screen in the Korea Pavilion impresses Expo visitors who can feel as if they are deep undersea The dome-screen in the Korea Pavilion impresses Expo visitors who can feel as if they are deep undersea (Photo: Yonhap News).

The Korea Pavilion has Korea’s largest and highest-quality dome-screen sized 30 meters in diameter, 15 meters in height, and 95 meters in circumference. Visitors can find themselves standing in the middle of the open sea watching deep-sea life forms such as coral, seaweed, rays, and huge whales that are vividly brought to the screen amid the festive music.

One of the highlights of the Hyundai Motor Pavilion is a combination of a three-dimensional art show made from 3,500 moving projector boxes that can move up to 32 centimeters. The display has been praised as the world’s largest.

The sophisticated technology on display at the Expo includes more than video content. Electric buses without electric plugs, next-generation hybrid bimodal trams, and wireless trams are currently in operation throughout the park, giving visitors a look at the future of green transportation.

Unlike regular electric cars, the Expo’s electric buses can be charged wirelessly while in transit via charging units installed on the road. Moreover, while similar plug-free models on the market require 3 to 4 centimeters between each unit, the Expo’s model operates on units spaced up to 20 centimeters apart. The buses reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h, and when fully charged, can run for 30 kilometers.

The bimodal tram, which can operate on specialized tracks as well as regular roads, runs on a hybrid of battery power and compressed natural gas (CNG) engine. On the specialty track at the Expo, located in front of the Yeosu Expo Station, the bimodal tram stops automatically without a driver’s steering. Approximately 90 people can ride on the tram, which reaches a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

The Expo’s wireless tram operates without high-tension electric power lines extending from its roof. The tram reaches a maximum speed of 70 km/h and can travel up to 25 kilometers on one charge, making its battery one of the highest-capacity units of its kind.

The Solar Tree equipped with a photovoltaic power generation system allows visitors to recharge their batteries The Solar Tree equipped with a photovoltaic power generation system allows visitors to recharge their batteries (photo courtesy of Ganggam Korea).

Innovative communications technology is another feature of the Expo. At the SKTelecom Pavilion, visitors can try out new smart-phone based technologies. Smart healthcare connects to devices for measuring blood pressure and blood sugar and gives users access to a variety of customized health information, exercise tips, and more. The smart car service performs a navigation function as well as providing drivers with traffic updates, maps of nearby gas stations, and other helpful information.

Focusing on the marine theme of the event, some pavilions present technology utilizing marine resources. A must-see display at the Marine Industrial & Technology Pavilion is the Marine Craft, a futuristic vehicle made of seaweed. The Marine Craft is born through three significant steps transforming seaweed into plastic and a vehicle in the final stage.

Robots journey in search of marine resources in the imaginative sea Robots journey in search of marine resources in the imaginative sea (photo courtesy of Gonggam Korea).

Visitors to the DSME Marine Robot Pavilion can experience marine resource exploration and mineral mining in an underwater environment. Navi, Korea’s tallest robot standing at 6.5 meters, presents along with four other supporters a performance to explore 6,000 meters below the surface of the ocean, offering a glimpse of the year 2040.

A life-sized model of Shinkai 6500, a manned submersible, is on display at the Yeosu Expo A life-sized model of Shinkai 6500, a manned submersible, is on display at the Yeosu Expo (photo courtesy of Gonggam Korea).

Three major keywords of the Expo are Human, Future, and Vision. Expo-goers will learn about more than the facilities on display, getting a look at technologies, industrial status, and new culture created in the current generation.


Adapted from Gonggam Korea
By Lee Seung-ah
Korea.net Staff Writer

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