Danit Peleg used a relatively cheap, home 3D printer to produce clothing for her final project at Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, and Israel’s NRGene mapped out the genome of wild Emmer wheat, with its promise of new hardy and resistant strains that can help solve global hunger.
By: Michael Ordman
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
3D printed fashion collection
Danit Peleg used a relatively cheap, home 3D printer to produce clothing for her final project at Israel’s Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. Her video of the “dishwasher-safe” fabrics has had over 100,000 views. Imagine – if you are cold, just print yourself a sweater!
Israel’s wild wheat can feed the world
Video to accompany my previous article about how Israel’s NRGene mapped out the genome of wild Emmer wheat, with its promise of new hardy and resistant strains. Emmer wheat – the ancestor of modern wheat – was discovered in 1906 by Aaron Aaronsohn in pre-state Israel.
Skylake – Intel Israel’s next generation chip
The Israeli-developed Intel Skylake is another huge advance in microprocessor technology, with more than double the performance, triple the battery life, and 30 times better graphics than most computers in use today. It consumes just 3 watts of power – current chips use 30-45 watts.
Smart garbage bins
Afula is the first Israeli city to have sensors fitted to 150 of its public trash cans. Garbage collectors will be now alerted to the receptacles that need emptying more urgently.
A spoon to measure sweetness
Israeli startup Valiber has developed a spoon-like tool that measures the exact levels of sweetness found in drinks and foods. “The swizzle” is a spoon with a sensor that communicates with your smartphone using Bluetooth. Valiber has also invented the “Val” scale to quantify sweetness.
Express delivery – by drone
Israel’s Flytrex claims to be the world’s first delivery drone that operates over the cloud. Its Messenger app lets operators use their Sky drone to perform short-range deliveries of small parcels to friends and family. It is also planning drone deliveries of medicines to rural African villages.
Delivery on one wheel
Kobi Shikar, a student at Shenkar School of Engineering and Design, has conceptually designed a one-wheeled robotic delivery drone that uses GPS to navigate and facial recognition software to identify recipients. Each wheel features a self-balancing gyroscopic system.
Intel Israel 3D tech to power Google’s Tango
Intel Israel is working with Google to develop a 3-D environment. Intel’s RealSense technology, largely developed in Jerusalem and Haifa, is to be a key input to Project Tango – a Google experiment using smartphones and tablets to record an in-depth, 3-D environment.
Why Israel is so good at cyber security
Another article explaining why Israel dominates the cyber security industry. Reasons include defense against threats, investment in science, and military service.
I don’t like the sound of that
Israel’s Augury has developed the Auguscope – a low-cost innovative device that “listens” to machinery to diagnose problems. Preventative maintenance can then save the huge costs of downtime and replacement equipment. Augury has just raised $7 million of initial funding.
Never lose anything ever again
Israel’s GetPixie has developed the Location of Things (LoT) platform and produced Pixie points that you stick to your valued objects (keys, wallet, sunglasses etc.) Use your smartphone to find them anytime. Pixie can even alert you if you leave the house without them.
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