Innovation. It’s a buzzword that’s being thrown around for every new feature or service. We’re using the word so much that all it seems to indicate anymore is a newness. I expected Samsung’s Innovation Museum to be a self-congratulatory tribute to Samsung. Surprisingly, I was completely wrong, what I found was a meaningful understanding of what the word Innovation truly meant.
The space attempts to outline the lifestyle and sociological changes that have accompanied the expansion of electronics.
We boldly begin our journey with the discovery of electricity. Let’s take a minute and appreciate an innovation that turned day into night. This invention enabled a technological evolution of our society, without it our world would be a very different place.
Let’s stop and think about that for a minute. Tech blogs have been calling a slide up selfie camera or a fingerprint reader in a display Innovation. There is technical innovation and there is real innovation. Innovation that begins with inventing something. This week’s content series around Innovation and how we’re using that word wrong was birthed here in the Samsung Museum with this idea.
As the week goes on we’ll have new articles tackling the history of the word, Innovations that shaped history all in hopes of answering the question: When SHOULD you call something Innovative?
Radio spread culture far and wide. Print media only gets a mention as the fundamental means of information dissemination here and radio takes center stage as the new way of consuming media.
Radio waves are also the basis of how our mobile phones communicate today, the foundation of the entire telecommunications industry. It’s understandable why Samsung needed to tip it’s hat to this one.
Vacuums, washing machines home appliances freed up our time and made our lives easier. If you’ve ever had to wash bed sheets by hand this one should be self-evident.
Maytag motorized the washing machine in 1911, Hoover invented the vacuum in the 1920s both revolutionized home cleaning,
The innovations changed women’s social lives reducing housework hours allowing women to have interests outside of the home. Women started to become actively engaged in society. Chores that had previously become women’s work were now shared by the entire household.
Following the invention of transistors, Integrated Circuit removed the wires to connect the transistors to make electronic devices even smaller while improving their performance.
The cold war between the US and the Soviet Union went on after World War II. Thanks to the development of military computers, the computer industry boomed. After amassing technological know-how through the development of military computers IBM enjoyed unmatched market leadership after the 1960s. After unveiling a series of commercial computers, IBM’s large and midsize computers were adopted as a key business tool by many companies. This was a catalyst for a series of developments in productivity.
Time Magazine Cover – “The Computer Moves In”
Display history can be traced back to John Logie Baird of Scotland, who first demonstrated a TV system that could broadcast moving images starting in 1925. Starting from grainy black and white TVs that opened up the era of pop culture, color TVs made the images more realistic. As LCD (Liuid Cystal Display) became commercially available we started seeing flat mounted fall displays.
The First TV was a mechanical TV that presented moving images by rotating a circular plate with a hole, TV broadcasting with Televiro was made possible when the BBC started mechanical broadcasting in 1929.
Samsung then goes through the history of the Mobile Phone which we thought deserved its own ar
The early stages and stations focused on the inventors, the museum tries to elaborate on the role played by corporations in expanding and realizing these ideas — without the production scale of big business, the narrative says that large-scale roll-out of technologies (and more importantly, products) would have been impossible. Thanks corporations
It’s clear that the museum has been curated to attract school trips and technology enthusiastsThere’s an unmistakeable Samsung tinge to everything, but I imagined this was going to be far more obvious and cloyng.The exhibit, while skipping over a lot of Apple and (native rival) LG products, makes room for the likes of the StarTAC, and the before-its-time Simon Personal Computer — grown-up moves that better help to illustrate the blazing fast progress of technology and electronics. But as a museum, perhaps nothing demonstrates the industry’s pace better than the semiconductor section (an arm of Samsung that forms the backbone of the company and its profits), with a side-by-side look at the first, huge, transistor and its contemporary ancestor — a fraction of the size and several times more capable.
Travel to Seoul was Sponsored by Samsung, All ideas are my own.