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Technology in South Korea

July 23, 2014

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If you couldn’t tell from the enthusiasm in our voices, we find the topic of technology in South Korea really exciting. There’s so much cool stuff here! Now, I’m worried that some of the things we mention here might be common in your countries. Forgive us if they are. We just remember not having these in Canada. It’s been six years since we lived in Canada, though, so maybe some of this stuff is already available there. If so, please let us know!

Otherwise, here are some other cool things that we didn’t talk about!

Built in Rice Dispenser

Ok, so this isn’t really an electronic thing, but it’s pretty badass. Rice is a big part of Korean cuisine. So big, it seems, that a rice dispenser is built into our cabinets. So, there’s a thin little drawer right beside our appliances drawer. I pull the thin drawer out, turn a nob, and exactly one cup of rice comes out into a little box at the bottom, and I pull that box out, then dump that into my rice cooker. IT’S SO BRILLIANT! We don’t eat a lot of rice, so we put other stuff in there, like barley and quinoa instead. But, still, it’s cool

Ceiling Clothes Dryer

Ok, now this thing here is electrical. Here’s the deal: our washing machine is in the room beside our kitchen. Attached to the ceiling is this odd box with a few bars on it. That box has a remote control that does a few things. With that remote control, I can have the bars lowered, since the bars are attached to an accordion contraption, which attaches to the box. So, I lower the bars, then put my wet clothes on hangers, and put those hangers on the bars. Then I push another button on the remote to bring the bars back up to the box. But here’s the cool part: I push another button on the remote, and the box is now a fan that blow-dries the clothing. AMAZING! It’s not hot air that shrinks your clothing or anything. Just a nice fan that blows on your clothes from above. It’s so brilliant! It’s off the ground so you can still walk around. And as soon as it’s done drying, you can simply bring your clothes over to your closet, as they’re already pre-hung. That’s pretty awesome, IMO.

Warning: Tech Ain’t Cheap Here

This was majorly disappointing for me. Before coming to Korea I was under the impression that living in Asia would result in buying cheap electronics for everything, but that’s really not the case in Korea. Tech stuff here is expensive. It’s actually cheaper to buy a Samsung TV in Canada than it is in Korea. Our TV cost us three times more than the TVs we’ve seen at Best Buy.

Now, supposedly the reason why things are so expensive here is because they come with lifetime warrantees or something like that, so if anything ever goes wrong you can just bring your Samsung product to the Samsung shop (and those things are fairly prevalent around here). We still haven’t had to bring anything in, so it’s kinda good that our electronics aren’t faulting, but still kinda bad that we spent so much money on it. Eerrgghhh :(

So, that’s it for this week’s TL;DR. Let us know if you have any cool tech stuff that’s common in your country that you didn’t see in other countries. I’m sure there’s stuff here in Korea that we’ve taken for granted. Let us know if we forgot any!

Otherwise, make sure you click on this pretty button here below for more TL;DR videos! We’re flying out to Sweden tomorrow early morning, so we might not be as active in the comments as we usually are, but we’ve still got videos prepared in advance! Don’t miss out on them, including our important Coffee Shop Opening Party Announcement video tomorrow!

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  1. Here in Ohio, US we have corn. Also non-functioning stoplights

    2 years ago
  2. We have that parking space indicator technology stuff at the malls in New Jersey BUT they are usually horribly inaccurate. There’s one light to about six spaces and most of the time when you see a green light it is actually a lie and there really aren’t any spaces available. And we don’t have any of that other stuff. So basically we got nothin’.

    3 years ago
  3. 1. Turtlenecks forrreevveeerrrrrrrrr!
    2. “or i gun” the last way you said it:)
    3. I have not really crossed over to animes, manga, manghwa but you definitely made it sound interesting and fun, thanks!

    3 years ago
    • eep- awkward…trying to post on Martina’s tldr thread and got distracted. sorry. (blush)

      3 years ago
      • I’m jealous of the laundry drying system. I have to use my electricity hogging electric dryer 3/4 of the year, but in the summer I have a bunch of wire racks hanging from hooks over the bathtub but it takes a lot of effort to get everything up and down and that remote and fan sounds just awesome!

        3 years ago
  4. Ina

    We in Estonia have the parking lot lights and the large boards which show haw many spots are free and where they are. I don’t know if they also have this in many other countries, but our student ID cards are electronic, so instead of having to buy a bus card(like an oyster card in england) we just have to carry out student ID card(the busses ure free anyway for citizens so yu wont have to pay). And we really don’t have wifi, everyone just has 3G or 4G, I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have it really…. Awesome video, TL:DRs are my favourite! Love ya guys!

    3 years ago
  5. I used to live in a student dorm in Melbourne, Australia. They had door locks could be unlocked with your student card or with a silicon bracelet.

    I never took it off so I never got locked out. Slept, showered and eat in it. If every door could be like that it would be amazing!

    3 years ago
    • English getting bad from all the Dutch I am learning as I now live in the Netherlands! Sorry!

      3 years ago
  6. I was in Korea this summer and one of the things that blew my mind were the car elevators. So freaking amazing! Like…an elevator for your car! Never seen one of those in the US. Another thing was the automatic-replacing-toilet-seat-covers-thing, where you press a button and new toilet covers slide out. I didn’t see this everywhere, only at the airport, but wow, were they cool.

    3 years ago
    • Yes!!!! We have those in the US actually. I live in NYC and they are all over. All the casinos have them as well as rest stops on the highways. You will now find them in most amusement parks as well!

      2 years ago
  7. The coolest thing we have here, are in Target stores. ._. In the frozen food section, the lights inside the freezers are off, and when you walk down the aisle, they turn on one by one. So it’s like, I AM GOD MUWAHAHAHA! But then they turn off behind you one by one and it turns into a scary J-Horror movie like The Grudge…. XD

    3 years ago
  8. Oh my God, when I found out about the code-locked doors, I thought “this is what I need!” Apartment doors in Paris automatically lock when you close them, so if you forget your keys inside, you are screwed. The good thing is that you don’t need keys to go out, but you do need them to get back in… You have to take your keys with you when you’re taking the trash out or putting something away in the storage unit.
    In the old fancy buildings, there is something called “servant’s rooms” (chambres de bonne). They were used by servants in the old times. They are on the last floor (6 or 7) and have their own independent wooden spiral stairs that lead to the kitchen backdoors of the big apartments on the floors below (and no lift, obviously). They’re the cheapest place to live in and are usually for broke-ass students.
    It looks like that http://media.wizzz.sdv.fr/7/1/3/6/5/9/4/2/2/8/original.jpg
    I lived in a place like that for two years. The best thing is, the toilets are shared, which means in the corridor, which means you need to take your room key with you when you pee (and TP). Guess who got locked out a couple of times, in her socks, with no phone or money, and even without my glasses…

    3 years ago
  9. oh my GOODNESS- The subways in Toronto are SO AGGRAVATING I JUST WANT TO PUNCH PUPPIES ARRRGGGGGasdfkj;gsdafas!! The subway system is so short as well.. I mean… It’s not so massive that implementing wifi and all that fancy jazz down there would be hard. I think the city would be much better for it too. :/

    3 years ago
  10. In Argentina, our mall marked each section of the parking garage with a cartoon of an adorable animal. My family never forgot where we parked our car – mostly because I always made them park in the panda section. So cute :)
    Has anyone seen something like this elsewhere?

    3 years ago
    • We have the same concept here in malaysia, except its not animals but fruits.But not all shopping malls have them, mostly we have sections marked with color and numbers coded walls. Which is pretty normal to me haha

      3 years ago
  11. I visited Korea about two months ago but never saw one of those motion-sensor escalators… You guys must live in a swanky part of Seoul lol. The apartment things you mentioned are solely in the high rise apartments, most Korean apartments still use the non-touchscreen, telephone way to answer the door, if they even have that. One of my grandmothers lives in a less affluent area and she still uses a key and lock, although I saw a couple doors with a keypad installed.
    But overall SK is definitely ahead in technology, it has a high standard of living with several DENSE metropolitan areas so life is a lot easier technology-wise there =]

    3 years ago
  12. South Korea is so ahead!!! I had no idea they had such advanced stuff! I live in Virginia and we don’t have any of that, except for the Parking Lot technology (mainly near DC and in Baltimore, Maryland)

    3 years ago
  13. Meg

    America is so behind lol. Ummm well I know we have like home security and maintenance apps on our phones so like you can lock your whole house with your phone if you forget or think you forgot to do it. Or if you think you left lights or water running you can use the app to turn it all off. But it’s really expensive and you have to pay for it with your security company, it’s not included in any house or apartment you get.

    3 years ago
  14. HEYY! About the parking lot technology, where they show you the number of spaces left, there is one in Canada! The Square One shopping mall (in Mississauga), has implemented it recently!

    3 years ago
  15. You guys should visit us in the Middle East pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease

    3 years ago
  16. lol, I’m from Dubai, and here because we have the biggest mall in the world, we can easily forget where we parked your car, so we have cameras that are connected to the red/green lights above the parking slots that you talked about. The cameras connect to a touch monitor you use to find your car. You just enter you cars number in the monitor and it automatically finds your car and it shows you a map of where it is.

    And instead of stopping at the tollbooth, we have Salik (literally mean”Passable”). You just stick a sticker/tag on the car windshield and it will automatically deduct money, we don’t need to stop at all.

    3 years ago
    • I’ve been to Dubai and Korea, and the technology in both is pretty similar. Actually, in the malls of many Middle Eastern countries they advertise tvs by playing k-pop songs. I like it because I can do my grocery shopping while listening to 2ne1. Haha.
      One thing that I saw in South Korea and in the Middle East that I haven’t seen in other countries is doors with a push button to open it. To most westerners these doors look like motion sensor automatic doors, but there will be a metal rectangle on the side. When I was in Korea, I saw a group of my foreign friends standing outside a door waving at it. None of them could have figure out how to open it, lol. I just walked up and pressed the button. The shop keeper must have been so confused.

      3 years ago
  17. Hi Simon and Martina!!!! UUUUU YOU SO NASTY~
    Lets face it, since you now are in this geeky roll its the perfect time to talk about video games coughSIMONcough, I’ve seen that Simon is into Final Fantasy (Me too! HIGH 5!) Come on! I know you want to ;D maybe you can talk about your favorite video games and recommend some awesome ones (like final fantasy X) Now’s your chance!! GAMERS UNITE!

    3 years ago
  18. Well America certainly doesn’t have anything awesome like that, I mean we DO have those automatic vacuums you guys used to always brag about, and I’d be like WAIT NO WAIT WE HAVE THOSE TOOOO! XD
    But one thing that blew my mind was actually something that came on my newest phone, and it’s a universal remote. It might not sound very useful, but oh my God is it good for pulling pranks. You can hook it up to any TV or cable box, too, so you can pretty much use it anywhere, it’s awesome.

    3 years ago
  19. Oh my goood! Simon i have the same hat!! *Nerdyhigh5*

    3 years ago
  20. In Mexico we have those escalators. And the parking lot thing, but not in all of them, just in the newer establishments. I’ve also seen those in Houston. A number with the places available and stuff. And to pay in most places you just have to make a line in some square machines outside stores, and they give you a ticket. But there is also generalised paying system for highways and parking lots, where you just make a deposit of a certain amount of money and put a sticker with some sort of bar code on the top of your car, and a lot of parking lots have sensors in entrances and exits with that system now so you don’t have to do anything at all anymore.

    3 years ago
  21. Question for tl;dr:
    Hello, i live in Puerto Rico and here, cock fights are kind of a big deal. I know that in Asia cock fights are also very active part of the society in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan, i was just wondering if it was also i a part of the Korean culture. I hope to travel to korea soon and it would be amazing e to take my dad to an Asian cock fight. If you could make a video explaining if it is or isnt or if its not then how is it viewed by koreans etc. Thank You! It would be a great help.

    3 years ago
  22. I LIVE IN DUBAI!!!!!! what!! what!!! ….but i like the whole elevator and door technology in korea….i hate waiting for elevators!! :(….the escalators here are motion sensor too. and the parkings are the same here…but no typing your plate number and stuff…the computer just reads your car barcode.

    there are no jet packs lol….but our toll gate systems is really awesome, when you get a car, you buy a SALIK tag its like a small bar code on your wind-sheild and everytime you cross a toll gate, it docks the points off your tag and takes coins off your balance. AWESOME. no waiting and looking for change and coins and that kinda stuff…you can recharge it again with your phone later.

    ALSOOO heres the best part…. the taps dont have the handles and stuff…you will never have to touch taps again…they have a little red motion sensor at the botton, so you just wave your hand under the tap and water comes, automatic. and no BAR SOAP STUFF!! thats gross…how do you guys wash your hands with bar soaps that other people touched O___O…there is like a button you push and it squirts liquid soap out.

    there is more but this comment is getting too long!

    3 years ago
  23. In Hungary we don’t have things like this… you open the door with a key, you have to flush the toilet your self, and the elevator… what elevator?? you’re lucky if there is a working elevator in your block of flats (block of flats is more common than apartmans). The parking thing i don’t know… i never used a car before xd. I live in the suburbs of a city and when we have a storm or the sky is cloudy we don’t have internet and we cant’t watch tv. Maybe in the capital city you can find more advanced technology but in general Hungary is really below compared to South Korea. And it s not too environmentally friendly either. In Serbia it s the same. In Vojvodina ( small part of Serbia where a lot of hungarians live) having internet is rare. And smartphones? Im surprised if a vojvodinan person has a got a mobile phone. In Hungary they are pretty common but just like anywhere else some people has this some that.

    3 years ago
  24. I live in Sydney, and I’m starting to see a lot more of the parking thing in some of the bigger malls. We still use paper tickets though :/ Damn, I would love that keypad for my house, haha because I forget my keys way too many times……

    3 years ago
  25. Wow, America really feels like shit to me right now. I mean, at least where I’m from, in North Carolina, we don’t seem to have much of that stuff. We have automatic toilets and motion-sensing sinks and paper towel dispensers and hand dryers and stuff like that, but I feel like that’s pretty standard. I think the coolest thing I’ve seen are windows that can instantly glaze over with the flip of switch. At my college, we pretty much are dependent on our IDs, as they give us access to lots of different places and money and stuff like that. Our rooms are card swipe, kind of like at a hotel. That’s pretty cool, I guess, though entering my exact room still requires a key (the card gives us access to my four-person suite).

    I think that if you can afford it, you might have technology like the one in Korea, or if you happen to live in the correct place, but I haven’t seen much advanced technology like that.

    3 years ago
    • But wow, our cell reception is horrible sometimes. Our GPS pretty much stops working if you go into a small town (it was a terrifying experience,I assure you) or in a parking lot with lots of floors. We were at the hospital today, and my mom’s phone pretty much dropped a call as soon as we entered, which was pretty unusual. Also, if you go up into the mountains… If you go into fast food places, you’ll probably have free wifi, but that’s it. Also, where I live, we don’t have subways, so I can’t say anything about that. You just have to drive everywhere. Or walk, if you’re okay with crossing lots of roads of traffic in this intense heat.
      Aha, and losing the key is sooo horrible. I’ve had to climb numerous ladders and trees to get back into my house. At my old house, we had a large porch which provided a nice roof I could sit on if I opened my window, and I rarely locked my window, so I had to use that window a couple of times to get back in, after acquiring a ladder. And more recently, my brother and I were locked out of our current house, so we had to carry a huuuge and heavy ladder over to our backyard balcony (which is on a hill) and climb up to get in through the balcony door, which luckily wasn’t locked.

      3 years ago
  26. In Japan, we have the same thing with the mall parking. Each time you go up a level when you go park, it tells you if there are any open spots. Also, there are small parking lots around places where they have historical sites. Japan is a small island, so streets are small, and we can’t park on the streets like America. In these parking lots, you don’t have to take a ticket or anything, like you said in your video for mall parking. instead, we choose a place to park and a bar beneath your car goes up, locking the car in place so you can’t go driving off without paying, like this picture http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9Wu_fv0DMXQ/S-F1ekP-PeI/AAAAAAAAAXU/LFQXEztc27s/s320/CIMG1482.JPG .

    3 years ago
  27. I live in Las Vegas,NV and Here in Vegas some of the newer hotels, like for example the Cosmopolitan and the Outlet mall, have that sort of parking where there is a sign that tells you which floors has parking space with the green and red lights. Here in the US they do sell the number keypad door locks but they cost a lot. The coolest thing I saw the other day was on the bus, they had FREE Wifi which is big here cause it is usually mostly on the strip that they have those buses with free wifi. I hope they add more of those buses to all the routes not just on the strip.

    All the cool technological things I see are always of course on the strip, like the monorail has improved a lot, it doesn’t break down anymore from what my friend tells me.( she works at the monorail station) but yeah you guys should come to Vegas, there is dolphins in the middle of the desert and tigers and uh no bears anymore, that I know of. Shark reef is also great it has other marine creatures and reptiles too. what does the tigers and sharks have to do with technology uh not much just cool that we’ve got them here and I guess they wouldn’t be able to survive here without technology. Simon and Martina come to Vegas!!! Girls Generation, B.A.P, Big Bang, SHINEe,B2ST, G.Na, Rain, Brown eyed Girls, Secret, sistar and I’m sure many other kpop stars have been here. There is lots to do and theres big convention centers and small ones and theres a nice kpop community here.

    3 years ago
    • Woot, another Las Vegas Nasty ^_^ I personally haven’t experienced the free wifi on the buses or the monorail just cuz I don’t take public transit but I have seen the signs on the buses when I’m driving downtown.

      3 years ago
  28. About US being a bunch of different countries, it’s not really so much of each state being different as much as geographical regions having slightly different mannerisms. People living in the new england region and along the east coast will speak normal american english with fairly advanced technology (for america haha) and the population is pretty culturally diverse, while people living in the south will have accents and ways of life as well as diet. In the great plains region I’m not too sure but population is a lot less dense, so I’d expect it to be a bit less technologically advanced. On the west coast and south western US, there is again, lots of cultural diversity from latin america and asia.

    3 years ago
    • As a Southerner… We are actually pretty culturally diverse. I am sure small towns in the North—and everywhere else, for that matter—will have less diversity and cultural diversity, but if you hit pretty much any city, you’re bound to get a lot of diversity. Not to mention, not everyone here speaks with accents. Even for those who do, accents vary from region to region, so someone from the Appalachian Mountains won’t necessarily have the same accent as someone from the North Carolina barrier islands. And what is “normal American English”? Words said up north will be different than those from the west and those from the south and those from the midwest. There is no set “normal American English”. Food is the same as accents. Food from Louisiana is not exactly the same to food from North Carolina which will differ from Texas and then Florida and so on. I can see how the North and West probably are more advanced in technology, but since they are more heavily populated, it makes sense, though I don’t think we’re that far behind, honestly. Such as with diversity, bigger cities will have more advanced technology than smaller cities.
      I would have to agree with the “each state” comment. Even within a state, culture can vary. Geographical locations might have similarities, but so does El Salvador and Mexico, but just because they’re from a similar area, that doesn’t mean it’s the same culture.

      3 years ago
  29. My dryer recently broke down. I bought a great drying rack at Costco and when I do laundry I set it up underneath a ceiling fan that is always on during the day. It is amazing that in 2-3 hours everything is dry. Then I put everything away and nobody knows. I don’t need my dryer anymore.

    3 years ago
  30. “We don’t eat a lot of rice”
    I FEEL SO MUCH BETRAYAL RIGHT NOW
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    rice is beautiful ∏.∏

    3 years ago
  31. I was at the local Seattle Applebee’s restaurant yesterday and all the tables had a tablet that would take your order. There were still wait staff but you can get your appetizer/drink/entree/desert at any time without waiting for someone to come by your table. The tablet also lets you customize your order and even request drink refills. Oops… I forgot to ask for ranch and the waitress is all the way over there. I could wave her down while hollering excuse me or I could tell the tablet. Tablet. Ranch shows up from the kitchen in under a minute. You can also pay your bill and play table a wide range of table games for an additional 99 cents. I heart technology. Though my internal pessimist says it’s just a way for the company to employ less workers and still keep customers happy.

    3 years ago
  32. In my home we don’t really have any amazing advanced technology stuff, the most tech thing of mine is probably the built in finger scanner in my laptop, no more typing in the password for me! At my University the escalators are motion censored and work in both directions, however half the time you are waiting around for it to change in the direction you need to go. I want to go to South Korea and see all the technologies!! ♥.♥

    3 years ago
  33. I was raising my eyebrow at you guys in the first few minutes, I thought motion sensor lights, escalators, soap and tissue dispensers, water faucets, and the red and green lights thingie with numbers for parking was everywhere.. So now I know it’s not.. interesting!

    You guys really need to come to Dubai, even if it was just for a vacation! You’ve experienced a lot of cultures, but don’t seem to have tried Middle Eastern/Arab one! Can we lure you in with our shawarmas, and ahem, fancy malls and venues(I guess?)? :D

    Light sensors are awesome btw! All lights in universities and offices are usually equipped with motion sensors, I get to enjoy the lights turning on slowly as I walk through corridors or enter classes :D
    Our professors keep complaining that they need to stretch every 15 minutes in their office, or else the lights will turn off due to lack of motion (could be a good exercise too :P)

    3 years ago
  34. Kia ora S&M from Aotearoa (New Zealand). Not far from where I live (off the main highway) is a shopping complex with open-air & underground parking facilities, called “The Base, Te Rapa”. They have about 3,000 car parks (so far?) & each parking spot has a sensor. As soon as someone parks there, digital signs along the highway & around “The Base” show the number of car parks available, in which area & also states when they are full. It is only in the “Te Awa Retail Shopping Centre” underground parking lot, that they have the light system (red=occcupied, green=vacant & blue=reserved disability car park). Other than that we just got fiber-optic internet installed throughout the country, but I did laugh at Simon’s comment about jetpacks because we have that here. The “Martin P12 Jetpack” is on-sale now for approx. USD$150,000 & they call it a “motorbike in the sky”. The company plans to sell them first to rescue or government agencies, so it might be a while before the “average” kiwi is able to buy them.

    3 years ago
  35. I first saw the parking garage meter-ish things in the big malls in California when I moved here 5 years ago. I feel like otherwise, we don’t have a lot of technologies to improve our lives. Though, I guess I do have a keycard that I swipe against a pad to get into my apartment complex? But my door is still a traditional key, and I still have to press elevator buttons with my fingers (peasant style).

    About the different states being like different countries… I moved from northern Indiana to southern California five years ago. I am still absolutely blown away by the way Californians are compared to where I’m from. Language, mode of dress, types of food, infrastructure, most things are fairly different! I feel like making that move will prepare me for all kinds of other culture shocks like moving to a different country! I’ve also visited other states for at least short stays, so I can say with some conviction that things are different around NYC, they are different in the Tennessee/Georgia area, they are different in Texas… Yep. Lots of different groups of people.

    Generally, since it is all the US though, I feel like people can move to a place where they are happier, and that’s important. Where I’m from people are kind of mean and unhappy with life, it reflects in everything they do. I left IN and moved to CA where people bask in sunshine all the time- people are so much friendlier and more open. Even Orange County (where I live more) one of the most conservative spots in the state is more progressive than my home area. It’s nice that we don’t have to get a visa to go live in a different state, it’s easier for us to find places that suit us.

    3 years ago
    • Small world! I grew up in Orange County, and you’re absolutely right! OC may be one of the most conservative counties in CA, but we’ve got a really chill and open-minded crowd, too. I like to blame it on the really nice weather we have year round (although it’s been BLAZING hot lately) that puts people in a good mood. I hope you choose to stay in SoCal for a long time. I’ve traveled to a TON of places (Nevada, Colorado, Texas, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington) to find my place, but in the end, nothing beats Southern California for me.

      3 years ago
  36. OH GAWD. THE TTC. THE FRICKING TTC!
    lol every time I visit Korea and come back to Toronto, I am in utter disappointment…
    Last year, they installed wifi service on two station platforms – yeah, on the platforms… of two stations – and it was such a big deal. And people were complaining on websites and forums that “kids these days can’t go 5 minutes without their phones,” and, “the day we get wifi/phone signal on the trains is the day my peace will be disrupted from loud people talking on their phones the entire ride.”

    …and that is why Toronto does not develop.

    Sorry S&M for the rant, you covered a touchy subject *sniff*

    3 years ago
    • for singaporeans,that will raise the cost of public transport….but these old fogeys probably think these kids won’t talk or even do small talk if they have wifi

      3 years ago
    • Oh. One piece of technology I wish Korea had was machine dryers… Korea is such a humid country in the summer and it takes forever for your clothes to air-dry. Blech.
      Another is built-in A/C. Why does Korea (again, a hot country in the summer) never build apartments/buildings with central A/C?

      3 years ago
  37. The parking and the lights are all the same in Thailand when I went there.

    3 years ago
  38. I can’t recall any of superb technologies here in Indonesia /sad
    I don’t think there’s some tech developments here, like I don’t see any superb tech in the most common places, like in malls, roads, etc.
    Or do I miss something out there? Indonesians, please let me know :/

    3 years ago
  39. I’ve been to a couple malls in Alberta, Canada last summer when I was visiting from America and all of them have had those red and green parking light things! I’m not sure where you guys lived in Canada, but they are pretty common in the malls of Alberta!

    3 years ago
    • Which city in Alberta? I live in Edmonton, have been to all the malls, and have never seen such a thing. I’ve also been to a few in Calgary and they didn’t have any, either. I’m pretty sure Simon and Martina are from Toronto.

      3 years ago
      • I live in Edmonton too. Southgate def has it and I think kingsway might.

        3 years ago
  40. I live in the Independent Republic of Peoria, Illinois. Our technology? We have doors. And, erm, occasionally sidewalks here and there.

    :: cries ::

    3 years ago
    • Hey Peoria! I lived in Bloomington/Normal for years! Now I live further south in St. Louis and our tech is so old that the videogame of the year here is Pong!

      3 years ago
  41. Wow! The U.S. is so boring compared to S.Korea lol The only thing I have seen that is similar is the faucet technology, although, here they have motion sensors on the faucet itself. There is the option to purchase key pads for houses but they are not standard on any apartment or house I have ever seen. The little card that you have on your keychain that opens the door is something I have seen before for access to the pool/weight room at many apartment complexes. I wish the parking technology existed here! P.S. I’m in Vancouver, Washington :)

    3 years ago
  42. If you guys haven’t been to Yorkdale Mall the last time you were in Toronto (although I’m guessing you haven’t because of the major snow storm we had), then you should know that the Yorkdale parking has the same technology you were talking about, how there are red/green lights on top of non-avilable/available spaces. Probably the only similar technology we have in common with South Korea. :P

    3 years ago
  43. One cool thing that we’ve recently gotten at Disney World are magic bands. They combine your park ticket, room key and you can link it to your credit card and you just wear it around your wrist and touch it to a scanner to pay/get in your room/enter the parks/get fastpasses. It’s nice cuz you don’t have to keep track of a bunch of cards/papers.

    3 years ago
  44. On the topic of technology I personally see a lot of these things in home improvement stores and online more than actual homes in America. But keycode door locks and video peepholes are something only maybe celebrities or the upper class may have. I know I use my ID card or I can press the code for my dorm room, but it’s not something that I think is mandatory to install in all homes around America. I wonder if high rise apartments in like Chicago or New York have them. I tend to see technology advancements more for the public as a whole. Such as cars, cell phones, and other common things that everyone is already using.

    On the topic of American states being like little countries? Yes, yes, yes. I love it when people from northern states come down south because we get to see how amazed they are by the little things we do.

    3 years ago
    • Oh and no one can agree usually. The purpose of having different state governments under one federal is so some states fit needs of people that are different than another state’s. So if you want to be able to do one thing, there are several states that allow it and you can live there and do your thing freely. And for those who don’t want to, there are states that will say, nope, not here. However, the problem with this is that no one wants to follow the system. They want to stay where they grew up or in a place they can afford living, which is completely understandable. So eventually the federal government will step in when everyone is upset because they can’t do the thing they wanna do and make it a nation wide thing. Ahhh, American government.

      3 years ago
  45. Those dyson blade hand dryers blow my mind every time I see one

    3 years ago
    • Oh and I have a 24hr grocery store right by my house. The lights in the freezer cases become motion activated late at night. It makes me feel like a god when I walk down an aisle and a bunch of lights come on

      3 years ago
  46. I remember seeing the key code door entry in Kdramas. Very cool. Then a few months ago, I saw the American version in my local home improvement store. So, it looks like my neck of the woods is catching up….slowly. Oh, and I have seen parking garages with signs stating how many spots are free. Didn’t pay attention to whether the spots were broken down by level. Thanks for sharing the cool tech!

    3 years ago
  47. We have the same thing in Estonia with escalators. :D I think one of the coolest and most useful things is that when on a crossroad with traffic lights, it usually shows how many seconds is left until it turns red or back to green. :D

    3 years ago
  48. Wow some of these are genius. I remember you talking about something at a restaurant that let the waiters know you needed them. I don’t remember if that was technical of not , or what it was called (Can anyone help?) but that sounded amazing!

    3 years ago
    • Iirc many Korean restaurants have little bells on the table that ring back to the kitchen

      3 years ago
  49. The hospital car park at my uni also has electric signs telling you how many spaces are left and I’ve seen coloured parking space lights and automatic escalators before at Adelaide Airport. I think it was upgraded in the last couple of years, so that’s probably why.
    I wish we had key-code door locks too, it’d really feel like living in the future.

    3 years ago
  50. Surely Simon “real men” take the stairs? Two at a time, while carrying Martina. o.O

    That is however a bad ass proximity sensor. All my office does is turn the lights off when I’m working like there’s a power driven ghost.

    My car is pretty fun though. It has cameras to steer the car back into lane if I drift off and dips the headlights at night if it sees other cars and restores them when they’re gone.

    3 years ago
  51. The parking garage idea just blew my mind! About the only technology advancement I’ve seen here is that the electric wires are underground. It makes a lot of sense, we don’t have whole power outages when there is a storm or whatever. I really think they need this in North America as well even though I’m sure it will take a lot of work and money. That’s probably why it hasn’t been done already.

    3 years ago
  52. HI! I live in Los Angeles, CA. South Korea seems like a cool place to live. Here in Cali I have only come across simmilar parking lots, but one parking lot structure with the green/red light indicating taken or free spots, but I was still required to obtain a ticket which had to be put into a machine to pay and then given to another machine to exit…..sigh. I have one question. Does S. Korea experience blackouts? and if so, is there a manual way to get into apartments or use anything that was remote controlled?

    3 years ago
    • Blackout is pretty rare since the electricity lines are in underground
      If it’s blacked out you should worry about to climb up the 25 story apartment
      without elevators since 60% of Koreans live in highrise apartments
      and 92% of Koreans live in cities.

      3 years ago
    • As far as I know those electronic lockers use battery power

      3 years ago
  53. Hey Simon and Martina :) I couldn’t help but share my experiences when it comes to parking in my country. I live in Lithuania (yes Simon, I’m neighbors with Poland :D ) and although we are rally behind when it comes to technology, we have had a simpler parking system for at least eight years now. When we come to a certain mall here, there are small screens with numbers at every parking lane, showing how many free parking spaces are left and there a censor lights above every parking space, that turn red when a car is parked and isn’t moving anymore, and green when the space is left empty. Since it’s a mall, the parking is free :)

    3 years ago
  54. I think the technology in HK is very similar to S.Kor!
    The parking things are really popular here in Hong Kong and they’re used in a lot of the big malls and wealthier residential car parks since I think 3, 4 years ago. And the same thing applies with the screen showing the number of spots available blah blah blah. However, in Hong Kong shopping malls, they usually have like parking discounts if you purchase items to a certain amount. So you have to pay via a concierge so you can show them the receipt as proof that you have bought a certain amount worth of items. But HK also has automatic machines for paying car park fee before you go into the car park so you won’t have to worry about going over time for only a minute :)
    Same applies with the wifi in tunnels, n subways. And even in elevators sometimes depending on the building’s age.
    Hong Kong also has a lot of keypad locks that you can purchase if your building was not recently built, you can find these locks everywhere and they’ll even help you install it. Lots of recently built buildings including offices of course has these locks. If I wasn’t mistaken, most of these locks are actually imported from korea :)
    I recently moved in to an apartment which finished its construction 5 or 6 months ago, and there is a card called an octopus (which you travel and pay with) that you can beep outside your building and in the elevator which your floor is registered into. But the smart panel is still in experiment but I do have it in my house, however its functioning pretty well. However for the lights we have another smart panel in every part of the house, so u can drag ur finger on the screen up and down and it controls the brightness of your lights.
    However, we don’t really cook in our house so we don’t have advanced or cool technology in our kitchen. But like Korea rice is a big part of Chinese diet, so we do have really cool rice cooker that washes and cook your rice perfectly for you with just one press of a button (but overly expensive of course).

    Overall, I think Korea and Hong Kong have very similar technology around our daily lives. However, I’m still pissed at how HK has no table bell to call the waitors…I LOVE THT THING.

    3 years ago
  55. In Sweden we sort of have the car park bit. Except for the lights that turns on automaticly. And isntead of putting in the license plate number you swipe your credit card when you enter the car park and when you leve you swipe it again to pay for it before the gate opens so you can leave. It also tells you before hand if there are any free parking space before entering. So it’s similiar.

    3 years ago
  56. There’s none of those things in California…
    But anywho I am excited to see the coffee shop!
    Hopefully I can go to Korea again one day.
    I hope you have a fun time in Norway like you did in California.
    Lastly, I pray to the old gods and new you don’t get TD

    3 years ago
  57. In Hawaii there is nothing like that{sad}. the best thing that we have is automatic lights that work on sound. I dont know why though this place is a tourist place right but it is nothing good here. Only food!!!!

    3 years ago
  58. When you mentioned the red and green lights in the parking garage, I remembered recently seeing a piece of news showing a similar system being deployed in Japan for toilet stall doors in public restrooms so you don’t have to do the infamous bend down and look for a pair of shoes maneuver. As for advances in technology such as the ones you describe, America in general is lagging woefully behind and here in the People’s Republic of New York where they view technology as a threat to the continued reign of the many bureaucracies and unions which control everything in sight, we’re still trying to get permission to transition from the horse-drawn carriage to them newfangled automobiles.

    3 years ago
  59. Hey Simon & Martina~ I was just wondering if their many hispanics such as Mexicans that live in Korea? In Korea do schools hire teachers that speak & teach Spanish? How do Koreans view the hispanic culture, food, & people? Are there any stereotypes on Mexicans in Korea? (Sorry for my grammar ^_^)

    3 years ago
  60. you guys are seriously in the future the coolest thing in California is those robots that people make do stuff with a romote I really want to go to korea but sadly I cant because im not old enough to go or get a job to get the money to go in the first place but I will go one day

    3 years ago
  61. And there we have it. My entire budget for laundry renos will be blown on importing that ceiling dryer. I cannot live without. And I thought the drying cupboard from the UK would be good enough — what the (ahem) was I thinking?!?

    Damn you technology!!! But thanks EYK (from my appreciative architects…who are also grateful that I must only have Toto toilets everywhere, despite sewage incompatiblity. Butt warmers of the world – unite!)

    3 years ago
  62. I was prepared to hear an awesomesauce story about your carpark experience but we have the same sort of thing in Australia. Some of our bigger shopping malls have lights above the parking spots so you can see what’s available and a sign indicating how many spots are left. However, everything else sounds amazing. As you already know from your trip to Australia, we’re practically in the dark ages as far as technology and internet speed goes. I just spent two weeks in Seoul and Tokyo and I MISS YOUR FAST INTERNETS T_T

    3 years ago
    • Yep. I feel like I live in the Stone Age. Actually I basically do most of the time — where I am in Australia 8 months of the year we are literally pulling minerals out of stone, just like the Flinstones (yabadabadoo?). But I do admit, we have the parking thingo. Everything else I greedily suck up and obsess about when in fast moving, Futurama cities like Seoul and Tokyo. Thank you EYK for satisfying our tech cravings. And a big thank you to Tokyu Hands for everything else in my life.

      3 years ago
  63. Love the use of the Dalicks. For your fans in Korea that also happen to be Dr Who Fans, Seoul is the first stop in the major global publicity tour to launch the new series of Doctor Who and introduce Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor. 09AUG2014 @IFC Mall (International Financial Celter tower 1) in Yeouido.(http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/worldwide/2014/doctor-who-world-tour-seoul

    3 years ago
  64. Hi~~ Simon and Martina! I was wondering if you had any knowledge on how well foreigners are welcomed into the Korean job market. I know that many people, like yourselves, can get jobs teaching English in schools and Hagwons but what about other areas such as part time jobs and small/large businesses? Thank you!!

    3 years ago
  65. During my Seoul adventure last October, we realized that the owners of our rented apartment didn’t tell us we had to lift the handle to lock our keypad door knob… we went out the entire first day without knowing our apartment was unlocked! #Thingstotellyourforeignvisitors

    3 years ago
  66. *daleks oops

    3 years ago
  67. DAELEKS DOCTOR WHO!!! Asdfghjkl ^·^

    3 years ago
  68. I need proof! you should have video taped some of these things! like the parking & the dryer! : D

    3 years ago
  69. Right now I’m living in the US but I have been living in Spain for many years and I haven’t seen anything like that.In Spain and in the US those things for the apartment are like extras that you can buy(is really expensive, by the way…at least it was in Spain)and the parking system is really cool!!! When I’m in the car I always get mad with the people that “steal” the place that I have already seen as mine LOL.
    But the thing that I’m sure that people have in the majority of countries are the people with smartphones absorbed in their own little world(like me…for an example)

    3 years ago
  70. I live in Calgary Alberta Canada. and some of the malls here like Chinook mall has those red and green light thingys in the parkade too. some of the escalators here also just slow down when they are not being used and as soon as you step on the the floor panel in front of it, it speeds up. Some of the lights are also motion sensored but thats mainly in the buisness towers on the floors. like say you forgot something in your office. you get to your floor step out f the elevator BOOM the lights turn on in the lobby you go to the side of the floor your office is Boom only those lights turn on its pretty cool. We also now have the tap pass thingy for transit here YAY no more having to waste paper on single bus ticket or transfer.

    3 years ago
    • oh and also some of the parkades here also tell you how many stalls are left in the parkade as well.

      3 years ago
  71. Japan also has a lot of motion-sensor detector technology, but not much of the other stuff… and it’s not everywhere either. I’ve seen the escalators, and at my school (which is only about 4 years old), all the lights in the public areas are motion sensor. so like, if you go to the toilet in between classes and nobody’s been there in 5 minutes, then it’ll be dark but the lights will turn on as you walk in. same thing in the staircases, etc. i think it’s pretty cool, since i’m the kind of person who used to be yelled at by my mom all the time for leaving the lights on everywhere in the house when i was younger, haha…

    3 years ago
  72. I want all of these things. How were these not included on your apartment tour video??

    3 years ago
    • I hope we get to see some fancy demonstrations and visuals in the future :3

      3 years ago
  73. Omg…i’m soo jelly right now!!! I’d kill to have that elevator beeper thingy… heck, I’d love just having usable elevators (since currently all three elevators in my apartment building are dead and i’m stuck in the 8th floor O_O). Any who, I’m form Puerto Rico, and as for the technology here…umm let’s just say, I’m still searching for it. There’s absolutely nothing cool or innovative here, but I studied in the Dominican Republic for 4 years and on my last year there a new mall opened up (Blue Mall). It also had that parking system which told you how many spots were available, and in which floors they were.

    3 years ago
  74. the only thing we have here in Germany is that parking lot thingy that says how many spots are empty.
    I think Europe seems to be very backwards with public displays of technology… If you could call it that way, a lot of people just think that being super high tech comes with a loss of that homely and antique feeling that you get from visiting the older city districts. I think a lot of cities can’t afford it as well because most of them are in debt to the ears. The renovation and reequipping of the local hospital cost the town about 10 million dollars I think…
    In my region, even in the bigger cities, no restaurant or store has public wifi for its customers. There might be some places that I don’t know about but a lot of them don’t have it. Even 3G Reception is hugely lacking in my area, I can’t even call anyone from my cellphone when I’m at home. Oh dear the rural regions of Germany are SUCKING. SUCKING SO HARD.
    But solar and wind power are HUGE everywhere in Germany. Every second house I see has solar panels on the roof, and there’s a huge park with like 10 wind turbines right next to us

    3 years ago
    • But we have great cars, cant forget that xD even germans have no idea how much our cars evolve everyday, its crazy. And you´re right solar power is huge, like really huge.
      I don´t have the same problems with wifi? Maybe because i am from a different region. I had to go hiking with one of my classes and on top of the hill i had perfect wifi and could call anyone i wanted so that was quite cool

      3 years ago
  75. They actually have the same parking system with the red and green lights and numbers at the Third Street Promenade mall/shopping area (or maybe it’s The Grove, I forget which one it is) in LA which also has something about paying from your phone (I think, I’ve never tried)

    LA however, has absolutely terrible reception in what seems like anywhere you actually need it. And, those “smart panels” are generally available if you pay a fee for the service and installation + equipment etc. They have a similar lever/thing used in hospitals that allows you to operate the faucet with your feet, but I’m pretty sure that’s mechanical and I’ve only ever seen it in hospitals.

    The door technology mostly applies to college dorms and the more recently built apartments in LA, the suburbs and older areas aren’t up-to-date in that respect.

    3 years ago
    • Century City mall has the lighted parking spaces. WHICH IS AWESOME.

      3 years ago
  76. I see what you did there with the Daleks XD

    3 years ago
  77. I live in the U.S.A and there isn’t any cool technology now and days. The U.S.A doesn’t really make too much of it’s own stuff now. I have to say one of my biggest pet peeves here in the U.S. is the parking buildings. You have to drive through every floor and look at every spot to be able to find a parking space. I’ve never experienced a parking building like the ones you described. Also a lot of things in the U.S.A are NOT Eco-friendly; In fact the majority of our electronics waste resources. We have the automatic flushing toilets that sometimes go off while you are still doing your stuff!! That wastes a whole gallon of water!! Also I heard that in some countries they have more Eco-friendly ways of bringing home groceries, but here in the U.S.A you just take home new plastic bags every shopping trip only to throw them away! I really think that the U.S.A is becoming farther behind on technology and is hurting the Earth because of it.

    3 years ago
    • The automatic toilets are annoying especially when I try to put down the toilet seat cover and it flushes because it senses movement. Same thing with the automatic faucets and paper towel dispensers. At UCSB they tried to dial back on water usage even more because of the drought and finally installed more eco-friendly toilets with the optional flip? I don’t know what to call it but if you did a number 1 you just push up to flush and if you did number 2 you push down. It’s simple and saves water and in my opinion better than the automatic toilets.

      And I know at least in my neighborhood in LA they stopped using plastic bags at least in some stores. More and more stores are starting to stop using them because apparently there’s a new law. I’m not sure but I remember my mom freaking out because she forgot to bring a cloth bag for groceries one time. It’s also sad because and this is not just the case for Korean immigrant parents but for all frugal parents we use the same plastic grocery bags for trash cans and other stuff. So my mom is trying to figure out alternatives. But I agree USA is really slow when it comes to more eco friendly efficient technology.

      3 years ago
  78. lol, I’m from Dubai, and here because we have the biggest mall in the world, we can easily forget where we parked your car, so we have cameras that are connected to the red/green lights above the parking slots that you talked about. The cameras connect to a touch monitor you use to find your car. You just enter you cars number in the monitor and it automatically finds your car and it shows you a map of where it is. You can see it here (0:24): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNIGEqmGooI
    And instead of stopping at the tollbooth, we have Salik (literally mean”Passable”): http://goo.gl/qDtPe5
    You just stick a sticker/tag on the car windshield and it will automatically deduct money, we don’t need to stop at all.
    Also we have a Ski in a Mall (pic: http://goo.gl/B2O8kz) and the Longest automated metro system.
    And gold ATMs (which is in Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi [the capital of our country]), I have never seen it, but here is a pic: http://goo.gl/O6tuUy

    3 years ago
  79. Hahahaa, Martina, you nailed it in the end. Dubai does have some of the stuff that you said. As a resident in the Middle East, i can say i have witnessed these, especially the motion detecting elevator and the parking slots .
    The Motion detecting elevator is now pretty common used in the region. its like found everywhere, as an effort to save energy and stop carbon foot prints.
    Also, as for the parking slots, there is a sign board out side each level of a mall or office buildings that would indicate how many slots are free, or if they are full. however, we still don’t have the ticketing method. We still have to roll down the window and do the sexy stretch for the guy behind to stare at.

    3 years ago
  80. The one I love is the Parking Lights, The Cosmopolitan Hotel/Casino uses the same system and it makes parking so much less stressful. My condo building uses RFI fobs for the garage gates and doors other than the condos, but no auto opening elevators. I wonder if I should change my door lock to a remote/keypad/thumb scanner equipped version??

    3 years ago
  81. The lock for your apartment door that you guys mentioned–I kinda have that in my dorm, actually! (I’m in Boston) My student ID is basically my key–I press it against the keypad and while it flashes green and red, I punch in my code and the door unlocks. If I don’t have my student ID, I can use my phone and press a handy-dandy “UNLOCK MY DOOR” button on an app from my university and ta-da, door swings open. MIND-BLOWN when I realized I didn’t have to worry too much if I lost my ID.

    3 years ago
  82. We have some of that stuff in the UK (West London at least) apart from the elevator or apartment system. The taps have like motion technology instead of tapping the floor. And I don’t know if other countries have this, but at school students have cards to access rooms, pay for lunch etc.
    Really envious of the apartment key though…

    3 years ago
  83. We have nothing even close to this where I live, and it makes me very sad. COME ON ILLINOIS, GET IN THE GAME, SON!

    3 years ago
  84. We have some of this stuff in Cincinnati! Well the pay by plate thing in the downtown areas anyway haha. I wish my apartment complex had the intercom system that you guys have. I hate having to put on pants to go downstairs and get my pizza…

    3 years ago
  85. I live in Etobicoke, but grew up in North York area so my go-to mall has always been Yorkdale. Last year, Yorkdale created a new wing expanding their mall space and underground parking system. My friend’s company provided the sensor lights in this new wing parking lot (green light for available space, red for occupied, blue for handicap parking) and throughout the whole mall, there’s an electronic board that indicates which lot has an X amount of spaces left. Sadly, Canada seems to be years behind in technology for the things you are currently enjoying in SK.

    3 years ago
  86. In the UK I have a little electronic thing to open the front door to my block of flats, but a key for the actual door to my flat. That’s pretty much it lol ><
    Although I do live in London and I'm completely spoiled by the public transport here. The tube system takes you pretty much anywhere in London and usually you never have to wait more than five minutes for a train. Plus 24 hour buses! Never have to worry about getting home ^^

    3 years ago
  87. I live on the outskirts of Montreal, but don’t go very often. I believe that there are signs of some of the bigger, general parkings nearby around that tell you how many spots available there are, 2 or 3 streets away.
    One thing I think I take for granted is our TV remote. I’m sure they are available in more countries but they’re pretty cool! By pressing one button, it can change to the DVD input, turn on the television and DVD aaaannnd dim the lights for your cinematic pleasure! Also, lost remotes are a huge problem in this house and it’s quite nice to to be able to have an app that an act as a remote as well.

    Another cool technology that I find I take for granted is some of security systems. We have a small camera that is aimed at our front door and other places that is motion activated. It records whenever there is movement in the house and is again easily accessible through smart device (not just apple). We can be halfway across the world and monitor the going-ons live at our house if we wish.

    And finally. I have started using a device called the fit bit. All it is is really a glorified (but very cool) step counter. It’s quite accurate, counts flights of stairs as well as distance travelled approximate calories burned, and more. As someone who thought I would never use it and that it wouldn’t motivate me, boy was I wrong. It’s just a little thing but it’s really cool and gets me off my computer and makes me go out to get more steps. Again, this connects to an app and can monitor progress of others who have one. As competitive as I am, the fit bit makes me try to walk more and exercise more to keep up with my friends. On the app itself you can also log food eaten, other exercise and more. Also it’s tiny and has an easy clip to hang anywhere on your clothing (on bras is handy for girls) or just to put in your pocket. Wow, advertising much? :)

    I hope this was helpful! (sorry for spelling mistakes…)

    3 years ago
  88. What does happen when there is a massive power outage? Are there manual back ups for your apartment doors and what not?

    3 years ago
  89. i am in USA New England area and by the casinos. well the casino have sign that say if the garage level is full and what is available it does not say how many are left. the door thing is still very very new to us here but with At&t security system we are closer to cool doors where do don’t need a key. that is the one thing my hubby really wants when we get a house of our own,

    3 years ago
  90. I’ve seen that light system on a parking lot in Mexico Ciy a few years ago. The part where you can just pay with your plate number is new, though.

    3 years ago
  91. lmao? coming from egypt where theres literally no technology (u have to be super rich to even hav an AIR CONDITIONER) and donkeys and cows on the streets to america was a HUGE deal for me but now i realise that america isn’t all that advanced at all :'( i’m still grateful for what we hav but it could be better *sigh*

    3 years ago
  92. Canada is slowly catching up with technology in the parking garages. I’m not sure about other cities, or provinces/territories, but at the airport in Nova Scotia, they’ve got 3 levels and as you enter each level there’s a sign that tells you how many cars it can hold and how many spaces are available. It also has it so that you can just drive right into the garage, park, and then before you go across into the airport you have to print your ticket, and then you come back you pay the same spot. When you leave the garage you show the stub and you’re good to go! But you’ve still gotta lean out your window to get you little sheet of paper to stick in your windshield at other places. We’re slowly changing! Slowly…

    3 years ago
  93. Although I don’t live in California, I have seen the red and green light systems in some parking garages of bigger malls. It was so genius to me since they aren’t in the state I live in, but other than that Korea basically has the coolest technology ever. And the US thinks they’re advanced…

    3 years ago
  94. Honestly, there is one question I have been most curious about Korea, and this TL;DR reminded me to ask: Are clothes dryers just not a common appliance? I ask because I can’t recall EVER seeing one in a kdrama or Korean film, though for whatever reason the washing machine is often shown. Then you’re talking about ceiling fan clothes drying. I get the feeling clothes dryers are just not that common abroad, period. I knew someone from England who said she had a washing machine in her apartment, but had never had a dryer in her entire life. Is it because they use too much energy? Also, does Korea have laundromats? It doesn’t seem like it.
    This could be your next TL;DR. How clothes get clean (and dry) in Korea.

    3 years ago
    • The frontload washer that are common all over Korea are generally combination washer and dryer. The problem I see is if I put on a load of clothes to wash and put it on a setting that will result in the clothes being dry when the cycle is done, it takes 4 hours. Therefore it is easier to do one load and then hang it out to dry. That way I can go ahead and start the next load of wash. (and it saves energy)

      3 years ago
    • I’ve lived/been in three other countries long enough to know about the respective country’s dryer habits. Which is to say: Pretty much only the US uses driers regularly.
      I was in France for about two weeks with a host family and clothes were all line-dried.
      Japan, clothes were all line-dried.
      Korea, clothes were all line-dried. The washing machine DID have a drying function on it when I lived with a host family – but it wasn’t allowed to be used for energy conservation reasons.

      This also extends to dishwashers. In both Japan and Korea, dish washers existed BUT nobody used them except like a drying rack. (I can’t remember for France but would assume it’s probably the same).

      And continues on to Air conditioning. I’m so used to centralized air conditioning and not thinking twice about it. Japan and Korea had air conditioning units for rooms which were used very sparingly. (In fact, the two monthes I was with a host family in Korea, I think they didn’t turn on the A/C unit ONCE.) It also happened that Korea had some issues with their power plants and so while I was at a summer internship, the government had passed a law that buildings should be at 26 or 27C and no lower than that.

      As for laundromats, I saw at least one, though I didn’t use it. They may have just been there for the students in the area. I can’t say how common but I wasn’t on the look out for it either.

      3 years ago
    • Niiiiccceee… :)

      3 years ago
  95. We have nothing this awesome in the US (that I’ve seen)! I’m so jealous.

    3 years ago
  96. I live in Florida and after seeing this video I feel like I have been living in the stone ages.

    3 years ago
    • I say the same thing in Pennsylvania. When Simon and Martina talked about the parking garages I definitely felt the technology gap. Plus the U.S.A barley has any Eco-friendly technology.

      3 years ago
    • Same thought here in Kentucky… we are behind a lot when it comes to regular people technology.

      3 years ago
    • Me too, though I live in Texas.

      3 years ago
  97. At a few of the car parks in the UK we have the green/red light thing for parking spots and they also have blue lights to show if that space is a disability driver space, but yeah we still have way to go to catch up with Korea. I don’t know if it “blows my mind” but it’s really freaking nice when the hand dryers in public loos actually work. There’s these dyson ones we’ve had for a couple of years now that make it feel like your hands are being dried by a jet engine rather then the ususal sneeze from a kitten powered dryer.

    3 years ago
  98. I think Yorkdale Mall in Toronto now has those screens near the parking lot entrance notifying drivers of the number of vacant spots. Thank goodness because parking there can be horrendous! Although, if you park near The Bay or Sears of any mall, there should be more spots. XD

    3 years ago
  99. Here in Portugal we also have the motion sensible escalators and the parking lots with red or green lights. We don’t have none of the rest, at least that I know of.

    3 years ago
  100. The only thing I can think of that is like that in the USA is at some of the newer Target stores have the lights in their freezers from the frozen food isles off until you approach them to save energy.

    My boyfriend and I discussed this once and wondered how much energy was actually being saved versus how much energy was used having to frequently turn things on and off. I guess it would depend on the intervals in which people would use these things and the item itself (like, some light bulbs’ lifespan are based on how many times it has been turned off and on, for example)..but yeah. In Target’s case, I would like to assume since they spent all the money on this technology that they would have researched and used the most efficient light bulbs for their purposes, but then again, they could be using it as a gimmic to make people believe they care a lot about the environment, and therefore make up that money they spent with the customers they would be gaining.

    3 years ago
    • But if they are LED bulbs then the on/off cycling really doesn’t add to the cost, but then if it’s LED bulbs they barely cost anything to run constantly, anyways. It then ends up just being a way for them to “show” their customers that they are being energy conscious without actually doing anything.

      3 years ago
  101. Here in Mexico we actually have those lights for the parking lots, there in a mall call

    Parque Lindavista and is sooooo helpful
    God bless technology

    3 years ago
  102. Here in Mexico we actually have those lights for the parking lots, there in a mall call

    Parque Lindavista and is sooooo helpful
    Gos bless technology

    3 years ago
  103. that parking space green and red light idea is so cool!!!

    ahahaha in Fresh Prince, Hilary writes the address on her (50 million) house keys and drops ’em all over LA!!

    my country doesn’t have cool tech!! sucks!!

    3 years ago
  104. “common in your countries” NO!!! Is awesome. In Mexico there is nothing of this technology. My dream is have a Roomba!

    3 years ago
    • Roombas are the greatest! In college I didn’t really have any furniture, instead I bought a Roomba – priorities, right!? – that I named K9 (yet another Dr. Who reference!). It’s like having a pet, but they cleanup messes instead of making them ;) If you can, check something like amazon or ebay. You can get them a lot cheaper and live the dream!

      3 years ago
  105. I actually live in canada, and I’ve seen the elevators stop and start for people. Usually, it stops if there hasn’t been anyone on it for at least ten minutes though. Also, it’s a pretty recent thing, but here we can also monitor our electricity usage and how much we’ve spent on it. My friend also has the key pad on her door so she can lock and unlock her door without a key. I’d guess this is all pretty recent (before you guys went to korea)

    3 years ago
  106. Ok so I live in the USA and I recently saw a commercial for this thing that’s basically your own at home, automatic barista. It’s called the Top Brewer and it is amazing! It can be built into your counter top and it looks just like a faucet, but for coffee. You can also hook it up so that it dispenses cold drinking water, milk, hot water for tea, and steam. There is also a mobile app for your phone or tablet that connects to it so you can brew a cup automatically. I love coffee, so when I saw it I got really excited. Here is the website. http://www.scanomat.com/int/topbrewer/introduction

    3 years ago
  107. I live in a small town in England so when there’s new tech everyone gets excited about it. My secondary school was rebuilt within the last few years and now there is tech everywhere. There are door which you need a school card with access to open them (like science classrooms and computer suites). Also nearly every floor and block have a printer and photocopier machine like the one you see in offices. These are linked to the school’s network so you can print from nearly every computer.
    Instead of using cash to pay for school trips, topping up your school card and paying for anything some other stuff you can use something called ParentPay so you don’t have to worry about writing checks or having the correct amount of change.
    A lot of the doors are automatic so they open for you. There were also a few vending machine’s for drinks that you could pay for by swiping your school card.
    The toilets are now ‘all in one’ for most blocks apart from the PE changing rooms. These sinks are automated so they spurt out soap too…but the length of time for the dryer is pretty short. (Also because the area isn’t closed off it stinks like hell.)

    Apart from school the local cinema now has machines that you can redeem your tickets from. The library also has machines to borrow, take back and pay for fines. (I miss the old system with stamps and humans)
    One of the local supermarket’s got rebuilt and now has a first floor. There’s an escalator with no steps and grooves so the trolley clicks into them.
    We do have one or two signs for parking but the numbers for free spaces aren’t accurate so it’s kind of pointless.
    I think the most exciting thing is being able to print from nearly anywhere in the school and the escalator in one of the supermarkets.

    3 years ago
    • ParentPay? Cool!
      When I was a schoolgirl, I always had trouble with mixing up my pocket money and school-expense-money, and I was too shy to ask more money when I bought something small for the school (I am not consistent enough to keep some book for it).

      3 years ago
  108. I feel like in the UK there are towns with a lot of this stuff, like the parking ones, and some places use the panel that lets people in and tells you about energy levels. I think people know about most of it but it’s so expensive or just awkward to install that places either don’t bother or it takes them aaages to do it.

    I remember being in France when I was younger (and sometimes in England too) and getting so confused whenever I had to use a sink that wasn’t in someone’s house (like in a museum or somewhere) and I would spend about 10 minutes each time trying to work out how to get water. Sometimes you twisted the tap, sometimes you pushed it, sometimes you waved your hands around hopefully underneath it or just underneath a section of the wall which sometimes turned out to be soap or the dryer, sometimes you had to stand on a particular part of the floor… That was a long time ago though, now everywhere has those kinds of sinks (and they still confuse me OTL )

    The last thing that really impressed me was a few years back as well. It was my friend’s kindle with the screen that really looked like paper and I thought she had a paper cover over it until she started changing the page.

    3 years ago
  109. We’ve got a couple of those technologies here in the US. Our parking garages are coming along — the ones in my town say how many spots they have left at the entrance, but I don’t think they’re floor-specific yet. How cool! We’re also getting key pads on doors; at my uni you swipe your student ID card to get into places, and my friend’s apartment is keyless with a four-digit code instead.

    What I heard about recently which blew my mind was a friend’s mom’s new Ford Escape. It reminded me of your apartment key, actually, where the elevator recognized it was you and took you to the right floor. Apparently the keys to the car are programmable based on the driver’s preferences. So when her dad drives the car, it recognizes his key and adjusts the seats (and mirrors?) to his settings as soon as he gets in. Then when her mom drives it, it shifts back to her settings instead. No more readjusting the seats and mirrors and stuff after someone else has driven your car! SO COOL! And here I thought my car was cool because I can talk to it and tell it what song to play. Its Korean is terrible, by the way. :P

    3 years ago
  110. Dear simon and martina, can you do a TLDR on
    South Korea’s relationship with other countries?
    Not just North Korea, but other countries too.
    Thanks!

    3 years ago
  111. Dear simon and martina, can you do a TLDR on
    South Korea’s relationship with other countries?
    Not just North Korea, but other countries as well.
    Thanks!

    3 years ago
  112. So its been a few years since I’ve lived in Dubai, and I have to say when I was there, which was around 2006-2007 technology was just beginning to pick up speed. little things like faster internet, because at the time even big fancy hotels like the Grand Hyatt had dial up…WHAT?! anyways, I’m not sure what it’s like there currently, but Dubai is more of a metropolitan area in the sense of money, buildings, shopping, and crazy sights to see because they shouldn’t exist like man made islands that look like a map of the world…I’m currently in Japan on a short interning trip and I expected a lot more technology than there is. It was EXTREMELY difficult to get a SIM card for my iPhone and after spending $40 on it, it only worked for 3 days. And Wifi is non-existent unless you have a japanese SIM card, or phone plan, or a password. so forget about that. The coolest thing I’ve seen here was in small residential areas, since there isn’t a lot of room for parking they have car elevators that go underground. like you press a garage button in your car and the entire metal structure lifts up from the ground, no matter if cars are parked on top, you get out, press the button again and your car goes underground! so cool.

    3 years ago
  113. In my home country (Philippines), we too have that cool parking stuff with the green/red lights. Here in Qatar, we have that motion detector for escalators. We have that too in the hallways outside our apartment. I wish we had that apartment lock with numbers :)))

    3 years ago
  114. I’ve always had a rice dispenser ever since I was young. All we did was put a bag of rice into the dispenser, pull a tab across and one cup of rice will come out! That car park that you guys were talking about with the whole taking a picture thing is relatively new here in Aus. It’s pretty expensive too haha xD I would mention though, I find technology advance so much quicker in Asia than Aus! I’m always finding myself amazed with technology back in Asia. :3

    3 years ago
  115. I now feel like I live in the Dark Ages

    3 years ago
  116. Ahhhhh!!!! daleks!! XD
    Here in the Philippines, there are places (mostly malls), also have that green/red lights at the parking lots. Also telling if the parking lot is full or how many spaces left :D

    3 years ago
  117. I remember being completely blown away by the train system when I visited Europe. I live in the US, and trains here are like only marginally better than buses. They’re not very fast and the wifi doesn’t work half the time. Trains in Europe though, display a freaking speedometer so you so you can be impressed that you’re getting to your destination at 300 km/h.

    3 years ago
  118. This video left me feeling very underwhelmed about living in the US of A. I kept trying to think of something cool, but, ….nothing came to mind. Granted, I live in rural Northern Wisconsin, but, STILL! GIMME TECHIES >_<

    3 years ago
    • Same here, and I live near Boston and New York! The closest we have would be big signs at airport parking garages that say full or vacant but 75% of the time the so called full lots are half empty, but since its chained off you can’t go in!

      3 years ago
  119. yeah as far as i know new york/usa doesn’t have any cool stuff like that. the last thing that amazed me were those touch screen soda dispenser things in fast food places, i thought those were pretty cool. besides that i can’t recall anything else that was like WHOA. korea seems to be like decades ahead in technology to me lol

    3 years ago
  120. Another factor in high prices in Asia is the supply chain. Things in the States seem to be shipped from factory/company to stores in a pretty straight forward manner, or even directly to customers (i.e. Dell computers). But I’ve been told that there is an extremely long supply chain getting the product from a producer to the retailer. And each step on the chain pushes the price a little higher.

    And A/S (customer service) is pretty great. My external hard drive crashed. Was purchased in the States but made by LG. Took it too a LG store and they couldn’t fix it but gave me a better one free of charge!

    3 years ago
  121. Here in Estonia we have what we call ‘Internet banking’. It means that we all have ID-cards or password cards and we use them to log in to the site our bank provides us. We log in and pay our bills there. Credit cards are not popular here and checkbooks are not used at all. With internet banking we can access our money on our debit card and there are no transition fees when making an internal payment. We only use our credit cards when there’s an huge emergency like running out of money or something worse than that. Or the people using them are rich and don’t know what to do with the money because the transition fees for credit cards are huge.
    Now we are slowly moving on to mobile banking which means that we can access our money on our mobiles and soon we can use or mobiles as debit cards. It’s being tested but I think it will be useful and will bring a new level to shopping.

    3 years ago
  122. So, I’m from Portugal (not one of the most advanced countries in the world, I must say) but we do have some of those technologies.
    I don’t live in Lisbon (the capital) but we do have those parking technologies in several shopping centres. We always have eletronic signs outside informing us if it’s full or not, which is pretty normal to us for some years now. Paying for parking is also very easy because we have this thing called “Via Verde” which is basically a little box you glue to the front of your car and through some machines and signals, you can pay for the parking without really stoping, since it’s connected to your bank account. Via Verde was firstly created to pay freeway fees without having to stop and pay by cash but it is now used for several other things.
    Well, since I don’t live in a very recent apartment, I don’t have those new ways of entering your home but we do have some “smart houses” around. They are controlled by voice and etc. Oh, but we do have cameras that turn on when someone rings the doorbell for a long time, as well. Oh, and in some places, toilets automatically flush, which is really WEIRD.

    3 years ago
    • Oh man those toilets… The first time I used one it scared the shit out of me.
      We’ve also had full mobile (3G) coverage in Lisbon’s Subway for a long time. We’re getting wifi in the trains soon too (all the stations have free wifi).
      There’s also a cool thing in Lisbon (not sure if Porto has it), you can charge transport card (Lisboa Viva) with money and use it to pay the parking meter, no need to put coins.
      Other nice thing we have is Multibanco. This is what we usually call to an ATM machine but you can do all kinds of stuff with it. You can pay your bills, make transactions, charge your phone, pay things you buy online and you can even create virtual credit cards that are associated with your debit card. The cool thing about these is that they are temporary, have a limit that you define, you don’t need to give your real information for it to work and all you have to do is login to a website to do all this.
      Oh we also have more mobile phones than people. The country is still in the shit however.
      I’ve never lived in an apartment, but I do know that recent ones have a pin code at the building entrance. I don’t think people would accept the whole not having a key to my apartment thing, people aren’t very accepting of change here.

      3 years ago
  123. Haha, your apartment sounds pretty much like the one I lived in about 2 years back (also in Seoul). We also had weird toilet seats that had automated covers- but honestly, why do I need a toilet cover (i mean the lid, not the seat) that automatically raises when I approach? It made me look like an idiot that one time it was malfunctioning and had me standing there for several long moments, just waiting for the lid to be raised for me. I mean, honestly.

    3 years ago
  124. Okay the parking blocks in Germany have as well the signs which show you if there’s a free parking lot or not. However, last week when I wanted to met my friends in the city for an event. I also drove to a parking block and the sign said “parkplätze frei” (=free parking lots). So I drove in and I was so angry because two times there were two people who parked really horrible over two parking lots. Therefore, I wasn’t able with my tiny car to park in two parking lots within the some parking block. So I ended up driving to several parking blocks and places until I could find a parking lot and being 30 minutes late.

    3 years ago
  125. WE HAVE THAT! the light showing the free parking light! :D We have it here in Slovakia :D okay, only in one city….in one single shopping center >.<
    and i still have to open my front door with a key….and a hammer often -.-

    3 years ago
  126. Wow, awesom technology. In lithuania i know one parking place by the mall where is red and green lights and it is for freeeee o.O while other parking place are expensive and with scary dude… there u pay for one hour and if you late just for five minutes then you’r dead man…damn i hate them

    3 years ago
  127. i havent finished watching yet but about getting a parking spot and how theres red lights or green lights above to indicate if theres an open spot or not. I have those too in my area which is maryland in the germaantown/rockville area

    3 years ago
  128. In Australia we have that parking system in shopping centres with those lights and only the camera in the intercom thingy. We also have sensor controlled bins and taps.

    3 years ago
  129. We also have motion detector activated escalators in Lithuania. Not everywhere, but some places use them. Same regarding parking – red/green lights above parking spaces to indicate whether they’re free or not, some parkings also have the licence plate readers.
    I’ve heard from some foreigners that they were surprised to see self-checkout registers in Lithuania. I was pretty sure it’s common in many countries…

    3 years ago
  130. I loved this video!!

    3 years ago
  131. The parking thing is similar here in Sweden. We still have to reach out to get a ticket and stuff but at most bigger shopping malls I’ve been to have that so you can see how many parking spaces are available and so on. And the code key exist, but I don’t think it’s that big here.

    OH and my grandparents have a foot pedal to their water in their VERY old trailer..! Not a solar panel or anything, just a normal foot pedal to start the water. And I really can’t think of anything different that BLOWS MY MIND about technology here.

    3 years ago
  132. I have seen the appartment keys here in Sweden as well. My grandmother’s appartment opens to the street that way, but you still need a regular key for safety (thieves).

    Same with parking, but it’s a little different. Most parkings have a parking machine you need to walk to, pay with coins (and finally, in some cases card), and you pay for a certain amount of time. This is tedious, because it will result in you either paying too much (because you finish your errand early) ot you need to rush back to put on more. The better ones, that sadly are not too common, but they have existed for some time, pays as you go. You get a ticket when you arrive, and before you leave you bring this ticket to a parking machine, it calculates how much you need to pay, you get another ticket and you can leave. Similar, but I admit, Korea probably works much smoother.

    But this is my experience of really cool technology, mind you my brother is in a wheelchair, hence why I have experienced it, and it’s not for most people to use.

    My big brother has some really cool stuff in his appartment. He has a remote, that opens his door, his belcony door and the appartment complex door with a few buttons. Pretty much open sesame, but in real life. Other cool things is how much you can adjust. Sure, handicap appartments tend to have lower furniture so that the people there don’t need to stretch to reach everything. Well, his can be adjusted. The bed can be adjusted up, down, in different positions etc. with a remote hanging to the side. His kitchen also can be lowered or heightened, which is good if a taller person is to help hi, they don’t need to destroy their backs. All the lights in his appartment are adjusted by his smartphone, so when I visit he will turn of the lights from his bed. Sadly, robots aren’t available yet for daily use, otherwise I’d love for him to have some for him to move things around, because he still needs me to do that. Not that I mind, but I do worry at times since I cannot always be there, what to do. Technology has made his life SO much easier.

    3 years ago
  133. I’m from the Colorado, U.S.A. and honestly, most standard technology revolves around the bathroom. There are automatic toilets, sinks, soap dispensers, towel dispensers, and hand dryers. Other than that (not including basic smart phone technology) there doesn’t seem to be much cool techno stuff. I wonder why all of these automatic innovations are focused around the bathroom.
    Oh and about the foot pedal. When I was in elementary school, the boys and girls shared one huge sink outside the bathroom. My first time I stood there forever, trying to figure out how to turn it on before someone else came out of the bathroom and stepped on the foot pedal, while giving me a weird look. The foot thing really helped keep things more sanitary. Sadly, that’s the only one i’ve ever seen in C.O.

    3 years ago
  134. I live in California, but I’m super jealous of people in Minnesota. They have beer delivery drones! (When the federal government isn’t being jerks about it.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmHwXf8JUOw

    Also, something like 80-85% of South Korea’s population has access to high-speed internet.

    3 years ago
    • Whaaaat? I feel like Wisconsin dropped the ball. Aren’t we the beer state? I’m bringing this up with my local government. ‘Excuse me, where the heck is my beer drone’?

      3 years ago
  135. wow, the UK has something clever? We have the parking space counters in most towns, thought their not always accurate. Some even tell you hoe many spaces are on the next floor and whether their disabled or not. We have those green lights in one of the car parks near me. The car park was closed for 7 years while they added it though…!

    3 years ago
  136. In the UK some car parks are for people who own an electric car where they can charge their car up while they are out shopping and some cars don’t even need a key , it automatically opens by itself which is really cool, but in korea I really like the apartment system !!!! :)

    3 years ago
  137. I live in NorCal around San Francisco and I’m familiar with the free or not free parking lights because they have them at the parking garage in the expensive shopping district (I don’t go there often but all I can remember are the gucci and prada stores and the fugu sashimi place). The garage is totally free though so we don’t have to pay a thing there and I hardly go to parking garages where you pay by hour anymore because everything I need is usually a train ride away.
    The rice dispenser also isn’t very new to me ’cause my family used to have one before I was even born. Although I guess since the one we had was over 20 years old the ones on the market now are probably more fancier looking.

    3 years ago
  138. Okay so I’m a PC or Computer Enthusiest and I like building computers from scratch. So is there a place where I can buy parts such as a case fan or anything. Any place besides online where I could get every component? O.o and a better question is… a tech store that sells an extensive amount of components and parts not really so main stream like Apple or Windows products or prebuilt XD.

    3 years ago
  139. Hong Kong and some places in China have escalators that slow down when no ones on them and speeds up once someone steps on it. (Side note: dude, Hong Kong’s MTR escalators are so awesomely faster than regular escalators.) A family friend’s apartment in Hong Kong had the panel/intercom thing for when someone rings the door. As someone who’s been living in a house in California that’s existed for what I would estimate as a hundred years, my house lacks all technologies that would be considered cool….
    But hey, that’s what makes traveling so fun. Getting to see all the cool technology when you stay at someone’s house/apartment when going to a foreign country or just a hotel. Always fun things to discover.
    Oh yeah, so I know most hotels use cards that you swipe or put up to a hotel door to open it. While I was in China, me and my group of friends had so many malfunctions, leaving so many people locked out of their rooms. They were getting demagnified from nothing. @_@

    3 years ago
  140. The parking system and escalator is available in Malaysia too~ but I’ve got to say, Korean apartment system is really, really cool!

    3 years ago
  141. So the cell phone reception in the Netherlands can be pretty freaking bad, it kinda depends on your provider and where you live but walking outside of your house to wave your phone around to send or receive a text can actually happen

    3 years ago
  142. The parking system with the lights is already visible in many malls in the Philippines. However, the paperless payment of the parking isn’t. That’s really cool! I hope to see that here soon! Also, I’ve seen the the escalator that has motion-detector here in our country but it is quite rare and can only be seen in high-end malls and areas.

    3 years ago
  143. The only thing that I encoutered here in the Netherlands is the smart panel in your house. So that you can see who is at the door downstairs and open it for them. But I’ve never seen one in the bathroom, just in the living room. And I doubt you can do much more with it than see who’s at the door, talk to them and open it for them. I dont think you can see how much electricity you’re using etc.

    Some of the stuff that you mentioned is really cool! I want it too =)

    3 years ago
  144. I lived Dubai and now live in Qatar and we have all of that stuff haha. (I was actually kind of surprised that the parking thing is actually considered cool because it’s widespread here) Even our university dormitories have some of the cool technology you talked about.
    Also we have toilets that automatically flush when you get up. Also to conserve energy, the ACs turn off automatically when you leave and turn on when you’re there.
    Wealthier people in Qatar and UAE have a lot cooler things as well. Like I went to one of my wealthy friend’s house and she had this massage chair/bed/desk thing. It can be a sofa, you click a button it gives you a table. You click a button it turns into a bed. Holy crap it was so comfortable and totally cool.
    Also like she had this app (which I think was designed for her household specifically) where she just puts in what she wants for breakfast, lunch, dinner and at what times and it just comes to her in her room at the specified time. Maybe that’s more to do with wealth and less to do with technology though ^^

    3 years ago
  145. Well in my lovely little country of Florida,USA the only thing we really have that’s close to anything you guys were talking about is that some parking garages will tell you if the floor is full or not. But that’s only at specific places like the airport and it tells you on an overhead sign that’s really close to where you have to turn, so you kind of have to look quickly and make a decision to go in or keep going(also the parking lot has a ramp that’s like a swirly slide yay Orlando international airport!). One thing that we have in Orlando, is at some high schools they will have a water fountain and then on top there’s like this sort of box thing with an indent shaped like a water bottle. You can place your water bottle on/in it and it will automatically fill up your water bottle. The first time I saw this I just thought “Why doesn’t my high school have this??? This is the future people!”

    3 years ago
  146. I remember a while back when you guys did a TL;DR on cool gadgets you couldn’t live without, you guys should go back at talk about any improvements that have been made to those gadgets or like anything new that has taken it’s place or if those things just died and disappeared.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip7omsR_XrE

    3 years ago
  147. Ok, let me tell you about the technology in Townsville.

    …………………

    3 years ago
  148. Recently when I went to China, there were escalators that slowed down when no one was on it and sped up when it sensed someone on it. But Korea’s escalators seem much cooler. XD

    3 years ago
  149. I live in Singapore and it appears that we have quite a few that you already mentioned. But regardless, I am sure Korea is way more innovative and high-tech than in Singapore in terms of home technology because LG is really leading the world in bringing high-tech home appliances to the world and Singapore is one of the recipients. The thing about Singapore is that there is barely any improvement in terms of technology because most of us live in government-leased flats, (I am sure you guys have seen them everywhere during your trip here!) so it’s really a no-frills apartment. If the government do not take the initiative to push for all the cool energy and resource saving technology then it is unlikely the private sector will do the same. Besides, the extra costs would likely be passed on to the citizens eventually, so it’s quite unlikely that I would ever get an apartment as cool as what you guys are having now. :(

    As for public areas, I think one of the more convenient ones include bus stops having boards that tell us how long more till the next bus arrives for every bus service that stops at the bus stop. This applies to only the bigger and busier bus stops though. For parking, we actually have a parking system where every car has a in-vehicle unit with a stored value card or cash card, then it automatically beeps and deduct the parking fee from the car without us having to manually insert the card. Some older carparks still require the manual insertion though, but getting rare. The light thing above the cars and the number of parking lot display has been going on for a long time in Singapore already though! Not sure if this is cool or not, but the newer shopping malls or the newly renovated ones have toilets that flushes on its own using a motion sensor once you are done, together with the taps that are also motion sensored. Pretty much means you don’t have to touch anything else in the toilet except to lock the door!

    3 years ago
  150. i live in Michigan in the United States and we dont really have any technology that blows your mind.

    3 years ago
  151. I think it is really cool that those types of technology have made it into the homes of consumers. Stuff like that just takes a while to get to consumers or become affordable that consumers can buy it here int eh U.S. I remember years ago when I use to work at The Wiz, flat screen TVs were something like $3k-$10k. Now you can get them for way cheaper than that.

    As far as local tech:
    – In Seattle, some of the parking garages downtown have electronics signs up that tell you how many spots are available similar to what you guys have.
    – the bus stops in Seattle have electronics sign that tell you exactly when the next bus will be there. It can even tell you if there is a delay. All the buses have transmitter that sends signals to the bus stops. You can even download an app to your phone that tells you how many minutes until the next bus will arrive, how many mins for the bus after that one and all the nearest bus stops and bus lines to your location.
    – In New York, some of the train stop have electronics signs that tell you when the next train will show up, but they only have them at popular stations.
    – In New York some of the popular underground train stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn have free wifi, I think some of the bus stops do as well.
    – I used to work for a small company that rented a floor in a building and they had a very similar video intercom system like yours. We could see the people downstairs and buzz them in. You also got into the building via keypad.
    – At the New York Times Building in New York and at the PopCap Games building in Seattle, you press the number of the floor you want to go to before you get into the elevator. Once you are inside the elevator has no buttons. This is suppose to help with traffic so you are not stopping at several floors before you get to your destination.

    I can’t think of anything else, but I wonder if I am just taking them for granted? I follow a few channels on youtube that are from people in Japan and I think it is cool that their microwave and conventional oven are the same appliance and it talks to them … but then again I have an electric stove/oven so that may just be the same thing, but a step down.

    3 years ago
  152. In Portugal the things that I saw is the shopping mall system (I only saw it at one mall), when you arrive to the parking lot they have a screen telling you if the floor are all taken or if you have parking spot and each eat parking spot has a sensor that put green light if its available or red for taken. the other thing is the machine with the little camera that let you see who is by the gate and you can talk and open the gates but the door you have to open yourself and the machine is next to the door.
    I can say that we are far behind technologically compared with South Korea kkkk

    3 years ago
    • oh I forgot! I also see traffic lights with mini solar panels (solar panel are very expensive so its rare to have it at the house), I see a lot of windmills for electric power around Portugal and we will have in 2015 the first city in the world to have with fully LED streetlights (the name of the city is Coimbra)!

      3 years ago
      • Here in Alentejo a lot of people have invested in solar panels, especially those to heat up water. And since 2013 (or 2012, can’t remember) that all the new houses have to have one.

        3 years ago
  153. For me, it wasn’t here in France. It was in Japan.
    MAGIC TOILETS EVERYONE.
    Magic toilets.
    Scary at first, but boy was it impressive xD

    3 years ago
    • sooo…what exactly is a “magic” toilet? i’m so amused haha!

      3 years ago
      • I assume a toilet that will wash your butt with the press of a button! And play you music to cover up the sounds of your business if you are embarrassed! some are more complicated than others, but they really are everywhere! and always the next stall over will be one of those squatter toilets which is in the ground…

        3 years ago
    • haha…I’ve been in Japan 7 years and it actually shocks me when there isn’t a “magic” toilet.

      3 years ago
  154. The technology that totally blow my mind isn’t actually available yet but i really hope it will happen soon.

    It’s some solar panels that put together make up roads.

    It’s a ongoing project that some guy made so everybody show their support!
    https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solar-roadways
    (check out the “Solar FREAKIN’ roadways” video on the website it’s pretty amazing)

    3 years ago
  155. Im from melbourne and the shopping centre near my area has the lights above the parking spots and tells you how many spots are left in each level and the elevators slow down rather than stop completely. the thing about paying for parking without having a ticket sounds pretty awesome though!

    3 years ago
  156. My husband and I live in a tiny town called Maylene, literally the only land mark we have is a post office. We’re honestly super lucky that we have internet here. It’s really pitiful. I’m definitely living in the past rather than the future. Seriously, our neighbors were super astonished that our shed/outbuilding gets power to it. This neighborhood was a trailer park before the lots got divided and the houses started to get built, and we’re still finding old beer bottles and electrical wires out where the trailers must have been. We also have packs of wild roving backyard chickens that live in the woods. No one really knows where they came from. Small town, back woods Alabama is quite an adventure…just not a very technologically advanced one.

    Side note: I recently learned that chickens will keep snakes away…chickens are terrifying.

    3 years ago
  157. Strangely Barbados is doing pretty well with solar water heaters and has been for years. I thought solar water was actually more widespread in other places until I visited other islands and realized … nope, it was just us. Pretty much everyone in Barbados has a solar panel on the roof and it’s been that way for as long as I could remember. We are also getting into solar energy for school and private homes too. A few years ago they built a nursery school which is run completely on solar.

    3 years ago
    • That’s really awesome. I really want to do some kind of alternative energy, be it solar or wind. Our electricity bills over the summer are insane.

      3 years ago
      • Yeah, the problem is that the set up cost for solar is really high and you only see the payoff if you are permanently living in your house for at least 10 years. Like you can get your electricity bill down to nothing, but you will be paying off your solar installation for a while. However, at least you will always know what your bill will be and there would not be any surprise jumps in cost. I would like to fully outfit my house with solar panels but we were having an issue figuring out where to put them because we need to access the roof sometimes.
        Also, I live in Barbados, land of perpetual sunshine so solar power is sort of an obvious alternative. We also used to be covered in old fashioned windmills from the times of slavery because they used to windmills to grind cane. Most of those old windmills are gone now but they are currently building modern wind turbines in the north of the island. We are trying to cut down on our oil consumption. I have not seen many hybrid cars though.
        My school is supposed to be rebuild soon ( the buildings are over 80 years old) and I am hoping green living is a part of the plans for the school whether it is in water saving devices, solar power or just green landscaping and construction.

        3 years ago
      • Could you guys talk about energy consumption/costs in Korea in your guys’ next TLDR? I know that in some parts of the U.S., energy comes relatively cheap depending on abundance of wind turbines and stuff in your area. I hear that energy costs in general can be insane in Korea!
        Last I checked, I saw that petroleum was going for close to like $2 per liter, or more than $6.50 per gallon, which is just unheard of in the U.S.!

        3 years ago
  158. Question wonder if your keypad breaks down and you not power no nothing? What happens then??????? How do you get in your house. Either way i still and always new korea’s technology was better. I would like to point out i have seen what ashleymo29 has seen how ever in Canada if i place has that its probably Vancouver. Other wise people don’t want to pay taxes in Canada because there scared of the government not using right and stealing it. I want to ask korean people this other then property being so much money and men going to the military. Why in your right would you move to Canada or the USA? I would like to point out i worked in a school this past year as an EA and there was a korean boy who can benefit from the military he was that much of a trouble maker. Now a days children have to much freedom. They get what they want and can get away with shit. We might be the land of the free but we are the land of the over priced everything. The land of the children take advantage of there parents, The land of the government stealing everything, the land of the shitty health care, the land of to much drugs and the land of the construction everywhere.

    I wish Canada had drug laws like Korea. Korea doesn’t take crap from anyone not even if you are a celebrate. Thats why i think Justin Bieber would do good with going to Korea, shipped to do military service and then put throw idol training.

    The only thing i think needs to happen is Canada/american school needs to mix with korean school. To make it not super hard on students but not to much freedom. Give me a break there children not adults. They still need a lot discipline but don’t send them to school till 10pm. 5pm or 6pm at most and i think they need to get read of the Hogwons and just have better english classes in class. You go to the Philippines and everyone knows how to speak english. You want to know why because all there school is in english. The parents teach them tagalog and to speak to there friends and etc. When they go to school they are taught in english and in tagalog not just and english class. So when they come to Canada or the USA they can speak pretty much 100%.

    And people question why i love korea its just so much better in every way.

    3 years ago
  159. While this was a great TL;DR, I was just so distracted by a)Martina’s awesome eye makeup! (what did you do to make that “line” on the bottom so seamless?) tutorial please! and b) Martina’s t-shirt – I looooooved those cute characters when I was little! I can’t believe I remember them it’s been so long.

    I thought the shot was good and you didn’t go crazypants with the arms so that you stayed in frame. For some reason, when Simon was talking about jetpacks, I suddenly thought you looked Arabic -weird!

    I’m in Canada, so I don’t really see any great “new tech” stuff around here much. Frankly, out here in the country I’m really enjoying the low tech for a change – we actually have a drinking fountain in the town square that is always cold and always clean. I just love those hay balers that trailer behind a tractor that “SPROING!” the bale back into the haywagon automatically, I could watch those for hours. I have seen farms where the cows milk themselves though, that’s high-tech but doesn’t really affect me.

    As for no wi-fi in TTC (I feel ya on the Old Mill Stn. thing, used to live in Mississauga but work downtown), there are several reasons but a big one is lack of space to put in “towers” – those tunnels are tight, especially the round ones.

    3 years ago
  160. Yay! I really love rammstein too! I know this is really dorky but I wanna see your rice dispenser :p. I have none of that cool stuff in Hawaii. I felt so old when I didn’t know how to start my cousin’s car, the kine where no need an actual key, just that sensor thing and you press a button and it’s ready to go. The engine doesn’t even make noise until you put it into gear

    3 years ago
  161. I remember moving from New Zealand to Australia and being amazed by the parking light system.
    Since then, a few issues have popped up about it though…
    We still have to use tickets, but we can pay with credit cards at the exit instead of at a pay station.
    The light only turns red if it can sense the car underneath it, so if it’s a small car, or parked incorrectly, the light will stay green.
    The blue lights used for disabled parking is easily mistaken for a free park because it’s not red.
    And last but not least, Australian car parks can be HUGE and crazy confusing, so even with the lights, finding a park can be quite a chore.

    Cool video though guise, I love the smart wall panel thingy :)

    3 years ago
  162. Iva

    I live in Shanghai and just renovated my new place last yr. I love my heated toilet with automatic flushing! now when i go to toilet somewhere else i often forget about flushing and get confused why it’s not working even after i already washed my hands. We were also planing to buy automatic lock with password and finger print, but still didn’t. It’s imported from Korea tho…. There is a plan to have free WiFi in subways soon…but there is still nothing happening. I love how there is app fro EVERYTHING in china. you can even pay taxi with your phone! you only need to scan QR code in taxi. I also love how u can buy everything online and everything delivers to your home. EVERYTHING! i don’t even go grocery shopping anymore. I’m sure there are many other things i cant think of right now, but every time i find something new that others find normal I’m just blown away!

    3 years ago
    • how long have you been living in Shanghai? I’m going to move there at the end of August! Is it possible to use all those apps and online shopping sites if your Chinese is very basic to non-existent?

      3 years ago
    • Iva

      oh and i just remember. There are also those signs with numbers of free parking space, but what i find more interesting is that on some bigger and busy roads they have a map of few roads in front of u made with LED so the ones that are busy and blocked during rush hr are red and ones going smoothly are green, so u can change your rout and get to ur destination faster

      3 years ago
  163. My Dad recently updated our sprinkler system to a very new, very advanced system. He can turn on the sprinkler system from his phone and can even choose specific zones to turn on or off. The sprinkler system also has internet access so it can access the weather forecast and shut itself off if it’s going to rain that day. However, this new system was recently abused when he used it to remotely turn on the sprinklers to get my scumbag ex boyfriend off the lawn. It worked like a charm.

    3 years ago
  164. In terms of the parking signs that let you know how many spots are available on each level, I have seen them in the US and the UK. I think it’s definitely a more recent thing because I only just started seeing them and I haven’t seen them everywhere. BUT I LOVE THEM AND I THINK THEY’RE BRILLIANT.

    3 years ago
  165. Man, I love how they used Doctor Who’s Darleks as the cover for this video! It makes me so happy to see elements from different fandomes come together!!

    3 years ago
  166. In the Metro NJ area I know of one mall with the parking deck system with the lights, they just opened it in the last year. When I first saw it, I thought is was pretty cool but it seemed very faulty because something like wind can trigger the lights.

    In my college dorm, we had keypads rather than keys. I must say it was quite nice not carrying a key. But you would still need to remember your ID to swipe into the dorm building.

    3 years ago
  167. DALEKS! Came for the Daleks but no mention of? (I suppose they haven’t invaded SK yet.)

    Anyway, being from Smalltown, USA really doesn’t offer many chances with technology. The most hi-tech thing I can think of from where I’m from are the self-checkouts at Wal-mart and at my local library. Yay for not having to deal directly with the cashier!

    When I went to Seoul last year, I was already blown away at how organized and how easy it was to navigate the subway system. Totally loved using a T-money card too. (Yup, I’m totally bumpkin.) And not really technology but I was also so impressed by the trolleys used at the Incheon airport to roll your luggages around. I thought it was innovative and a smart design that you had to press down on the handle in order to get it to move.

    3 years ago
  168. AND THEN going to the Korean countryside is like stepping back in time!! Actually we see a lot of technology when we visit our friend’s apartments in nearby towns and cities… but living in rural Korea in a village… no cool technology. Even farming techniques are very old. When you guys visit you need to do a TL;DR on the differences between city life and farm life I think.

    3 years ago
  169. There are parking lots in America with the red and green lights. It just depends on how rich the city is. lol
    Before moving to Korea a couple weeks ago, I knew some of the technology was better, but I didn’t know how AWESOME not having to carry around keys was going to be!!!! I love my keypad and will never be locked out again!! I do live in a small town, so I haven’t come across automatic flushers or any intercoms whatsoever…. :/ It depends where you live here, cuz not all these awesome things are available!! >=/ I love Korea though. lol :)

    3 years ago
  170. I think the green/red light sensor is utilized in shopping malls’ parking lots in Jakarta, Indonesia

    3 years ago
  171. HELLOOOO! torontonian here! ^_^ there are a few updates since you guise haven’t lived here in awhile. i know yorkdale mall has the parking thing where it tells you how many spots are left in each section of parking. so thats a plus, although the light availability would be even more convenient *sigh* St. George & Bloor and Yonge Station has free wifi! although it takes a while to connect and kinda patchy but hey its one step forward. Oh! another update with the TTC, some stations like Downsview (and some others but i can’t really think of them at the moment) have Presto cards. Basically you load them up with money and instead of paying cash, buying passes, or tickets to travel around, you just wave them above a senser to bypass turnstile and enter. i believe its around the GTA so its not just for TTC but other transportation systems as well. I’m not a 100% sure on this as i don’t use a presto but i have friends who do. :)

    3 years ago
  172. HOOOMG Rosefang is totally right! I moved from Oregon to Mississippi and it was like moving to a different country. I could barely understand people, the food was different, they used totally different slang- extreme culture shock.

    3 years ago
    • I live in Connecticut and when I visited South Carolina, holy cow what a difference. The grocery stores in the South are confusing! And can I just say, I’m pretty sure everyone owns at least one fully camo outfit

      3 years ago
    • And everything is religion based, right? I had the same experience moving from MN to GA. I am now back in MN, however.

      3 years ago
  173. We have the red/green parking lights at the PDX airport in Oregon. But it would be great to have them at the malls.

    3 years ago
  174. Most of the things you guys mentioned are new to me! I oddly like the idea of refrigerators having little doors so you don’t open the whole door. XD

    3 years ago
  175. Hmmm, honestly? Norway is such a wonderful country, but we are fairly behind when it comes to technology. I mean, we’re fine! But the whole wifi or having a signal everywhere with your phone – EH NO! It is sooo typical not to get a signal, let alone wifi! But we do have trolls, the nature one, not the internet ones. Well, those too, but the nature trolls crushes them.

    3 years ago
  176. Sounds amazing! I really do like the idea of having the keys that automatically open doors, elevators, etc for you. I think the closest I’ve ever come to experience that in the US is having gated communities open their gates automatically when you drive up to them, but overall nothing as large scale as what you guys have going. Maybe it’s because in the US, people who live in suburbs typically live in single houses or townhouses – basically, houses that you don’t need to reach a certain floor to get to, so the technology for the doors/elevators opening isn’t seen as economically profitable.
    As for signals in subways, I go to school in the Boston area and there’s plenty of signal down there, even though my mobile carrier gets the absolutely worst coverage in the New England area (T-mobile). No free Wifi though, it was all data :( I think the US does a great job with easily accessible, free wifi in other aspects, though, like in cafes, public areas, and larger shopping areas (like a mall).

    3 years ago
  177. Several years ago, I had my first trip to Japan and I’ll never forget my first heated toilet seat! I had no idea that such a brilliant thing has existed! I literally wanted to light a candle, pour myself a glass of Cabernet and read a book. I won’t go into many details about the other functions. *sigh*

    3 years ago
    • Our toilet seat in our apartment has the same functions. One of the toilets, though. The other one is a standard toilet. We’re at the point now that if both of us have to poop we fight for the good toilet. If we’re forced to use the other one we call it the Barbarian toilet :D

      3 years ago
  178. It seems New York City wants to install wi-fi and cell signals in the subways by 2017, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Certain stations right now have wi-fi/signal but not in the tunnels. It’s quite a sight when the subway emerges from the tunnel and crosses a bridge, you see everyone take out their smartphones and make use of that short time they have signal. (myself included).
    USA really need the technology South Korea has with the parking lots! You don’t know how long it takes me to find a parking spot at like Costco on a Sunday ;__;
    I’m trying to think of cool technology we see everyday in New York….but I can’t think of any. My fellow New Yorkers, can you enlighten me please!? D:

    3 years ago
    • Jo

      Same deal for Boston. We’ve got wifi in some of our subway stations right now, working on getting wifi in all the stations, but still no wifi/signal in the tunnels.

      3 years ago
    • We have the cool parking lot sign thing “upstate” in Westchester at one of the malls in White Plains and Yonkers and a few of the office buildings.

      As for signal in the NYC subway… Last I heard it is going so slowly because they have to shut down part of the line for a few days to install it. I get full internet and phone signals in the subway in Boston where I live now! :D

      3 years ago
  179. I think the US is slowly getting to those tech you guys mentioned ( the automatic escalator, the little screen in the apartment), I’ve seen them around but only in new malls and apartments [mostly in the east coast). In some buildings in Thailand, when you park your cars, you drive it into this elevator slot and then get out of the car, then the slot moves to a different level and stores your car there, and then when you want to retrieve it you just give the security person your card and then they will retrieve you car.

    3 years ago
  180. Tech is awesome…the light thing we have it hear in the bathrooms of the stores…man i still have to get used to Simon’s beard

    3 years ago
  181. ohmygoodness are those daleks?! (by the way,did you know the doctor and clara are coming to south korea???)

    3 years ago
  182. I’m buying a one way ticket to South Korea.

    3 years ago
  183. One bit of tech that I found awesome was the no-touch toilet. You wave your hand and it flushes for you.

    3 years ago
    • England is pretty uneventful.. i mean, we have toilets you wave and they flush but thats all

      3 years ago
    • We have those in England xD Its not in all toilets but in quite a few (e.g. shopping malls and supermarkets)

      3 years ago
  184. Woah

    3 years ago