A giant igloo standing high up on Seoul Plaza?
To amuse citizens and guide them into the 5G world, SK Telecom is sponsoring the “ICT Igloo Festival” which is taking place in Seoul Plaza from January 28 to February 25. Visitors can experience ICT including 5G network, VR, and Robotics technology upon the main theme ‘winter.’ Various virtual activities such as having a snow fight, riding a snow sled, and watching an aurora via 5G network and ICT are prepared for visitors to expand their ICT experience, celebrating the winter season.
Exciting than an amusement park “Snow drift”
Snow drift is known as the most popular activity at the ICT igloo festival. After wearing the VR-glasses and riding on the robot, the rider can drift down the snow mountain using Robotics and VR technology. Ski jumps in the mountain covered with snow is also possible. Due to the realistic technology, visitors are busy screaming and shouting in excitement.
Snow fight without real snow “Snow fight”
In the snow fight zone, VR and Haptic technologies are used to enable a realistic snow fight with a snow monster in the virtual world. By transforming into a brave solider, visitors must clear a mission to fight the monsters and protect Snow Village. Wearing headset and gloves for the activity, visitors can make a virtual snowball by folding hands and they can throw the snowballs towards the monster to defeat them.
Super thrilling experience “Snow racing”
VR experience with no-glasses is also available in the “ICT Igloo Festival.” With the cable simulator and 360-dgree VR technology, visitors can enjoy a realistic snow sleigh race without wearing any VR device. By just sitting on a wired-chair, visitors can explore North pole. It is interesting that the perfectly spherical dome is shaped like a snowball, for its shape is to screen an omnidirectional video.
Time stops “Time slice”
This is the area where time slice technology is used to capture visitors’ jumping moment above the white snowy field. 14 cameras simultaneously shoot the scene with 120-degree angle, analyze the motion, and show it on the connected screen. Visitors can take the printed photo with them.
Exploring the fantastic winter scene “Winter Fantasy”
The video titled ‘Winter Fantasy’ is played on the dome ceiling. Visitors can enjoy the video including the Arctic’s aurora, snowflakes, and the movie Frozen using 360-degree glasses-free VR technology with SK Telecom’s 5G streaming service. 14 beam projectors shoot a UHD video with 8K resolution of 7680 x 7680 on the half-spherical dome and create realistic virtual reality. Olympic champion Yuna Kim, who visited on the opening date, was astonished on the fantastic winter scene.
Meeting the first 5G
To provide a chance to experience 5G technology, SK Telecom set up a 5G experience zone. As the 5G leading company, SK Telecom displayed 5G tablets for visitors to experience the 5G speed and gain knowledge of 5G. Hurry to the ‘ICT Igloo Festival’ to experience 5G technology faster than anyone else, before the commercialization!
Photo by Jeon Suk-Byung