SK Telecom (CEO Jang Dong-hyun) announced that it has received three awards from the 2015 Red Dot Award held in Germany on Aug. 10.
The nation's larggest mobile carrier said that Boxchool, Cover&, and the Linkage EF Hearing Aid have won prizes in the Design Concept, Communication Design, and Product Design categories at this award.
Boxchool is a modular smart classroom built from shipping containers, which combines classroom space, hardware for smart learning, and various interactive software solutions. The modular classroom can function in any setting, since it can generate electricity from installed solar panels. A rainwater utilization system allows for autonomous operation of the classroom. Therefore, it received the Best of the Best Award in recognition of its expandability and independence, beating out 4,680 entries from 61 countries.
Cover& is a smartphone lock screen service that can be personalized to a user's own tastes, eliminating the need to unlock a smartphone dozens of times a day. A user can set up FHD high-resolution images and have easy access to six frequently-used apps by just tapping on the lock screen. The service received “the Winner” award in the Communication Design Category in recognition of its effective user interface design for “communication between the product and customers.”
The Linkage EF Hearing Aid is a neck band-shaped smart hearing aid that offers hearing aid features for people with hearing loss via a smartphone app, according to their hearing conditions and surrounding environments. Consequently, it received a “Winner” award in the Product Design Category, which considers nine standards including innovativeness, functionality, and eco-friendliness.
The German-based international award is recognized as one of the world's most prestigious design competitions since it was established in 1955. Red Dot Design Awards is better known as "the Oscars of design," and the award is given in three categories ― Design Concept, Communication Design, and Product Design.