SK Telecom displays new metaverse tech

South Korean Telecom (SKT) is set to debut a wide variety of Metaverse, artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality (VR) experiences at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2022.

Updates to several of SKT’s technologies will be unveiled at the event, including the company’s Ifland Metaverse platform, Jump Studio, a mixed reality (MR) volumetric video capture stage, and Sapeon, Korea’s first AI semiconductor chip.

SK Telecom plans to reveal a new intelligent infrastructure for UAM

It also intends to unveil a new intelligent infrastructure for UAM and public transit, as well as a hypothetical “4D” Metaverse.

Following the company’s successful deployment of 5G technology in 2019, SKT Chief Executive Ryu Young-Sang will attend the event to highlight his company’s latest technology endeavors.

SKT will also bring nine South Korean companies to the MWC startup expo floor, where they will present eleven ideas that use new extended reality (XR) technologies to address social concerns and connect global organizations to achieve the same ethical aims.

Last year SK Telecom launched Ifland as a new Metaverse platform

Ifland, a new Metaverse platform geared at younger demographics to stimulate virtual events and remote play, was unveiled last year by South Korea’s 5G leader. Up to 18 virtual meeting rooms, extensive avatar customization, and an easy-to-use user interface are all available on the platform.

SKT will now premiere a version of Ifland on a range of VR headsets at MWC Barcelona 2022, as well as use a Jump Studio volumetric capture stage to film a K-pop concert for Ifland users.

KT will also demonstrate its AI semiconductor chip Sapeon, which enables rapid data transfer at a fraction of the cost and energy of competing graphical processing units (GPU).

SKT announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show 2022 (CES) that their Sapeon AI processor consumes around 20% less power, has 1.5 times faster transfer speeds, and is 50% cheaper to create than other GPUs.

SKT developed and funded the initiative in collaboration with SK Hynix and SK Square, with a total investment of USD 41.5 million.

SKT also intends to reveal additional information about its UAM Team Korea collaboration with Korea Airports Corporation, Hanwha Systems, and the Korea Transport Institute.

For South Korea’s UAM, the alliance will introduce an integrated communications network concept that encompasses public transportation options such as buses, trains, and planes.

Finally, the Seoul-based company will tease an elusive ‘4D Metaverse,’ which will transport customers on a huge robotic arm on an immersive journey.


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