* Date : 2018-04-05
Along with the rapid growth of mobile and IT devices amid the fourth industrial revolution, electric bikes and vehicles have built a new market. And it has led to the rise of lithium-ion batteries. As it is a rechargeable battery, it has gained a lot of popularity in the electric bike market. It has satisfied the consumer needs as well because of a simple charging method and improved durability. Moreover, a flexible lithium-ion battery can be attached to various devices like smart watch or beauty equipment, and it has improved the portability as well. A lot of researches have been promoted to develop a safe battery which can prevent ignition even when it reaches a certain temperature. And the one that can maintain its functions even under the water was developed, paving a new path for the lithium-ion battery market. On Smart Korea, we introduce the rise of lithium-ion batteries as a core of the fourth industrial revolution.
A lot of Koreans living in a modern society have suffered from fierce competition. And they want "querencia," which refers to a private space where people can have a rest without being disturbed. It has led to the development of related businesses including sleeping cafes and a Siesta service at theaters which provides a space that people can have a rest and sleep. Along with a growing number of people who want to decorate their own spaces at home, recliner chairs have gained a lot of popularity as well. In order to cope with the rising trend, a variety of package deals that provide personal spaces have been released by hotels. Also, a flower cafe where people can experience a nature-friendly atmosphere has garnered a lot of attention. An increasing number of people have a strong desire to do what they really want to do and have some time to get recharged. On Trend Biz, we analyze the ongoing development of businesses and popular trends related to querencia.
A growing number of areas have issued their own local currencies. It has been mainly used at traditional markets and local businesses, creating a virtuous circle for the local economy. The total value of local currencies issued last year almost reached 310 million dollars. Seongnam city, which started to issue the local currency in 2006, has been considered as one of the success cases. Since it has provided youth allowance and cost for postpartum care with a local currency, it has given a boost to the local economy. Also, in order to improve the weak points of the existing paper local currencies, Nowon-gu district has recently issued a local currency based on the blockchain system. It has improved the conveniences of the local residents as they can use the currency with a mobile application. Moreover, the local currency can be issued in compensation for voluntary works and donation activities, so it has helped local residents actively participate in a lot of different social events. On Biz Issue, we look into the growing popularity of local currencies which can contribute to vitalizing the local economy.