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Taking a Look at Electronics’ Present, Past, and Future
Edit by. Jaehong Min | Published. 2017.05.20 09:46 | Count : 324
On March 28th, I had the opportunity to visit the Samsung Innovation Museum during spring break. The Samsung Innovation Museum is a museum that tells you all about Samsung Electronics, and electronic technology in general. Electronics and technology has always been a big interest of mine, and I thought this museum would let me learn more about it.

The museum is divided into three sections. The first section tells you about how the company Samsung came to be, and the evolution of electronic technology. The second section tells you about the three things that acted as the driving force of electronic innovation: semiconductors, display, and mobility. The third section shows Samsung’s ambitions for the future, and how they want to push the electronics industry forward.
 
(Samsung Innovation Museum: This is a photo I took at the entrance of the Samsung Innovation Museum.)

All three sections were so great that I can’t choose one that was the best. Since I can’t list every single thing I saw at the museum, I’ll talk about the things I liked the most.

The first section had a lot of old devices that played a significant role in developing technology and the industry. Some of the first ever home appliances were displayed, such as washing machines and radios. The washing machine is one of the biggest innovations in the whole electronics industry.  It’s unimaginable how convenient these gadgets would have been for people who had to do manual labor. Since women didn’t have to wash clothes with their own hands, this brought changes to women in society. Having more free time, women were socially liberated, and could more easily engage with others. The washing machine set the standard for what qualities good home appliances should have: convenience, and being easy to use. These appliances like the washing machine have importance in the electronics industry because these are what laid down the fundamentals for succeeding devices. Without them, we wouldn’t have the more sophisticated devices we use today.

Apart from the three main sections of the museum, there was a separate section called “History of Samsung.” This section focuses more on the history of the company Samsung itself. Both old and new Samsung devices are displayed in chronological order. There were “mobile” phones that were bigger than the size of a brick, and the “Galaxy” smartphone line that we are familiar with. It is possible to see how far Samsung has come at a single glance. The first phones had huge buttons with a tiny screen, and it was only capable of making phone calls. Even that was revolutionary at the time. Now, we can operate our phones with some simple touches, and can do all kinds of things, like listening to music and watching videos online. Devices like the television, radio, and smartphone have made our lives more interesting and fun, and allow us to stay in touch with the world at all times.

(History of Samsung: This is a photo I took at the separate “History of Samsung” section.)
(Old Samsung Devices: This is another photo from the History of Samsung section.)
Both old and new devices are displayed, and they are divided into decades so it is easy to make comparisons between the old and new.

The last section focused on the future of Samsung, and the electronics industry in general. I watched a video showing lots of relatively newer technology, such as purifying seawater into mineral water, and glass with touchscreen capabilities. A recurring theme I noticed was being eco-friendly. All of the technology Samsung wants to implement, like water purification and showing the quality of air, were all environmentally friendly. Then, I got to experience technologies that Samsung is looking to incorporate into their devices in the future. These technologies all involve making tedious things convenient for the user, and having everything interlocked in one huge, ubiquitous web, which we call “the cloud.” Accessibility from everywhere is truly a useful feature in the modern world, because people work with multiple devices. Also, you don’t have to go through the hassle of e-mailing documents and pictures back and forth.
 
(Everything is in The Cloud: This is a photo from the third and last section of the museum.)
I am trying out Samsung’s newest ubiquitous technology. If I take a photo on one device, it will automatically be stored in the cloud, so I can look at it whenever and wherever I want.

The future looks very bright for Samsung and the electronics industry. Many companies, including Samsung, are constantly researching and looking for new technology that will make our lives richer and more comfortable. One thing we should all work on is finding the balance between technology and environmental friendliness. Sophisticated technology is something that has enriched our lives, but it has also done harm to our world. When companies develop new technology, they should always consider eco-friendliness, and consumers should constantly think about what they can do to help the environment.

 
 
 








Jaehong Min
9th Grade
Korea International School

Jaehong Min  student_reporter@dherald.com

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