Samsung opens a museum to celebrate tech innovation

Spend a night at the museum, and don't worry, it won't come to life, just good old inanimate technology that made history

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a museum. No, not the kind with mummies or dinosaur skeletons. What you'll find are ‘prehistoric’ treasures of another kind. And by that, we’re talking about historical tech masterpieces.

The South Korean company unveiled the Samsung Innovation Museum in Suwon, South Korea, in line with its 45th anniversary. Inaugurating the event, its CEO, Kwon Oh-hyun, said the museum brings together some of the true historical masterpieces of electronics innovation.

"These inventions laid the technological foundation that allowed us to develop and refine products that enhance lives today. The museum gives visitors an opportunity to see where we’ve come from, and draw inspiration from to continue to create category defining products,” he claimed.

But don’t expect a museum the size of the Smithsonian as yet. The five-storey building has three main exhibition halls (the Age of Inventors, the Age of Industry Innovation, and the Age of Creation) and currently houses only 150 inventions.

These include products from Samsung, in addition to tech from individuals and companies that have no links with the electronics vendor – acknowledging its rivals.  

Or so it says.

The smartphone revolution

The Innovation Museum doesn’t exhibit any Apple iPhones, Sony LCD TVs, or LG products. As far as ‘innovation’ goes, the modern smartphone revolution only began with the rise of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Touchy.

Thankfully, it accredited the inventions of Thomas Edison, Graham Bell, and Michael Faraday – their original creations made it into the VIP list, along with the history of Siemens, AT&T, Philips, NEC, and GE.

In addition to reflecting on the past and present, the company also provides a foretaste of Samsung’s iteration of the future. It's got our lives sorted out, doesn’t it?  

Give it a few years; we’re predicting many of the current and future Samsung Galaxy ‘star’ products will make it to the showcase.

[Source and image: The Verge]

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