Israel’s Noveto has invented a virtual headphone that beams the sound from your device directly into your ears; The Kedma company has developed the ‘Tipa’ tomato, about the size of a blueberry; Israeli water tech company won the 2018 CES Startup Night competition in Las Vegas, and much more.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
For your ears only
Israel’s Noveto has invented “sowlo” – the virtual headphone – that beams the sound from your device directly into your ears. Sowlo’s 3D sensors and algorithms find your face and a tiny speaker focuses the sound at your ears. No sound leaks out even when you move your head. My wife can’t believe this.
The smallest and sweetest tomatoes
The Kedma company, in Israel’s southern Arava desert, has developed the Tipa (meaning “drop”) tomato, about the size of a blueberry – the smallest ever cultivated in Israel, perhaps even in the world. It has also developed the Bon Bon Tomato, the world’s sweetest tomato.
New source of food for animals
I reported previously (10th Sep) on Israeli startup Flying SpArk which is developing protein powder from fruit fly larvae for human consumption. Now Israel’s BioBee is doing the same with soldier fly larvae, except they are using it as an animal feed.
Lishtot wins CES startup competition
Israeli water tech company Lishtot, Hebrew for “drink,” won the 2018 CES Startup Night competition in Las Vegas. The 15 finalists had just 60 seconds to showcase their technology. CEO Netanel Raisch demonstrated Lishtot’s TestDrop Pro device that detects water contaminants.
Free travel on Israel’s new high-speed train
Israelis will be able to get a free ride for the first 3 months after the launch of the new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, due 30 Mar 2018. The train is expected to transport its passengers from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in just 28 minutes.
Intel’s Israeli WiFi chip is 40% faster
Intel unveiled its new “made in Israel” 802.11ax WiFi chip at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The chips increase maximum speeds by 40% but average supply to users will improve by 400%. The chips are to be used in household routers and many other devices.
The first nanosatellite formation
Israel’s Technion and the Israel Space Agency have arranged for a group of three nanosatellites to be launched into space in late 2018. The goal of the Adelis-SAMSON Project is to fly multiple satellites in a controlled formation for one year while orbiting at an altitude of about 600 km.
Israeli life-changing technologies
New video showing how Israeli innovations ReWalk, EyeControl and OrCam are giving the disabled back their lives.
3D printing of vegetarian food to order
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Yissum Research Development Company has unveiled breakthrough 3D printing of food based on nano-cellulose (calorie-free, edible natural fiber). It can lead to instant, low-calorie, vegetarian meals geared to satisfy all personal tastes.
20% increase in corn yield
I’ve reported previously (many times) on Israel’s Evogene which improves crop strains. Its partnership with DuPont-Pioneer (Nov 2013) has literally born fruit, with second-year trials showing a 20% increase in corn yield thanks to Evogene’s bio-simulant microbial seed treatment.
Smoke less, live longer
Smokers in the US, Canada, France, Israel and Turkey are trialing a “quit smoking” app called SmokeBeat from Israel’s Somatix. It detects smoking from hand-to-mouth gestures picked up by sensors built into smartwatches and wristbands and provides analysis and support via your smartphone.
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