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South Korean City Begins Sales of “Drone Soccer Balls”

South Korean City Begins Sales of “Drone Soccer Balls”

JEONJU, South Korea, March 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Making further progress to market its ambitious fusion sport, the South Korean city of Jeonju will begin sales of “drone soccer balls” starting in April.  The idea was first announced in September of last year when city officials said they would present a new sport dubbed ‘drone [...]

Warm Reception as Top University KAIST Installs Karaoke Booths on Campus

Warm Reception as Top University KAIST Installs Karaoke Booths on Campus

SEOUL, March 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The karaoke booths which opened last month on the KAIST campus are attracting wide attention, as students flock to them to relieve stress and enjoy themselves between study sessions. The unmanned entertainment system called ‘coin singing rooms’ allow students to sing two songs for just 500 won. These facilities, [...]

Korea Uses Satellites to Maintain Agricultural Produce Freshness During Shipping

Korea Uses Satellites to Maintain Agricultural Produce Freshness During Shipping

JINJU, South Korea, March 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The Foundation of Agricultural Technology Commercialization & Transfer (FACT) is testing a self-developed shipping container maintenance technology that allows for the export of fresh agricultural produce via container ships.  According to officials, 614 kilograms of strawberries from Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, are being shipped off to Singapore [...]

Car ‘Black Boxes’ Moonlight as Surveillance Cameras for Crime Prevention in Seongnam

Car ‘Black Boxes’ Moonlight as Surveillance Cameras for Crime Prevention in Seongnam

SEONGNAM, SOUTH KOREA, March 16 (Korea Bizwire) – Vehicle recording devices installed in cars, widely known as ‘black boxes’, will now serve as surveillance cameras to keep an eye on crime in the absence of police, Seongnam’s city government announced yesterday. More than 3,500 local drivers in Seongnam agreed to cooperate with the local government in [...]

Couriers Learn First Aid Courses to Double as Emergency Helpers

Couriers Learn First Aid Courses to Double as Emergency Helpers

SEOUL, March 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Couriers for one of South Korea’s largest logistics companies, CJ Korea Express, have become certified emergency medical responders after receiving safety and CPR training, the company announced yesterday. In collaboration with the Ministry of Public Safety and Security (MPSS), CJ Korea Express trained around five hundred of its employees [...]

Government Invests 10 Billion in University’s Poop-to-Currency Project

Government Invests 10 Billion in University’s Poop-to-Currency Project

ULSAN, South Korea, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) – “Ttong-bonwi-hwapae” literally translates into “poop standard currency.” And the government is investing 10 billion won ($8.65 million) over the next five years to turn this human waste-to-currency idea into reality in South Korean towns and cities.  A pilot project was initially spearheaded by the Ulsan National Institute [...]

Dongbu Daewoo Succeeds with Localized Features on Home Appliances

Dongbu Daewoo Succeeds with Localized Features on Home Appliances

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) – Lockable refrigerators and special laundry cycles for local costumes, some of the unconventional product ideas tried by South Korea’s Dongbu Daewoo Electronics, have helped the company become a major hit in the Middle East, the firm’s officials said Sunday.  The fridges with locks, launched in 1998, have sold 2 [...]

Architectural Idea Turns Restrooms into Fireproof Refuges

Architectural Idea Turns Restrooms into Fireproof Refuges

SEJONG, Feb. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Among this month’s three “new architectural technologies” chosen by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was a restroom design that can function as a shelter in case of fire.  In the new design, a water barrier is created at the restroom’s entrance by sprinklers during an emergency, preventing [...]

Starbucks Taps Customer Suggestions to Boost Sales

Starbucks Taps Customer Suggestions to Boost Sales

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) – Starbucks Korea is killing two birds with one stone – improving sales by making customers happier.  According to the coffeemaker Thursday, the number of participants on its mobile survey platform “My Starbucks Review” has exceeded one million. Surveys are offered to Starbucks members who use Siren Order – ordering [...]