Israeli center says it has the world’s 1st innovation lab designed for seniors; Weizmann Institute scientists have “genetically bar-coded” 80% of the 540 species of fish living on Eilat’s coral reef; Hyundai is opening a development center in Israel, and much more.


An innovation lab for senior citizens

The Center for Digital Innovation (CDI) is launching in Beersheva what it claims is the world’s first innovation laboratory designed to meet the challenges facing today’s senior citizens. These include prevention of falls, alleviating loneliness and the treatment of pain.


Monitoring the health of the coral reef

Scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute have “genetically bar-coded” 80% of the 540 species of fish living on Eilat’s coral reef. They can match pictures of the larvae to their DNA sequence. This information will help monitor the health of the reef ecosystem.



Hyundai to set up Israel smart R&D center

I reported previously (10th Sep) that car maker Hyundai was teaming up with Israel’s Technion to research smart car technology. Now Hyundai is to open a development center in Israel. It will focus on energy, smart cities, artificial intelligence, smart transportation and robotics.


Harnessing nature to make a better world

Professor Oded Shoseyov of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) explains how HUJ research on sequoia trees, cat fleas and tobacco has already led to stronger, more elastic materials and better medical implants and treatments. With endless possibilities.


Work together – wherever you are

Israel’s XTRMX develops software tools that allow multiple people to edit and review the same video over the Internet simultaneously. It’s as if you are sitting in the same room with the editor. XTRMX is to be offered by Avid Technology, Inc. through their online store.



Voice-activated headphones

Israel’s Rubidium has integrated its voice trigger into the 66 Audio® PRO Voice wireless headphones, to produce the world’s first voice-triggered Bluetooth headphones with built-in Amazon Alexa. Users say “Alexa” to start interacting with Amazon’s cloud-based voice service.


Speeding up cybersecurity innovation

The Hessian Israeli Partnership Accelerator for Cybersecurity (HIPA) brings together top talents in cybersecurity from Israel and Germany to jointly work on cybersecurity projects. The partnership is a joint venture of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute.


New Israeli manufacturing center for Flex

I reported previously (30th Apr) that Multi-national electronics manufacturer Flex had opened its new Haifa design center. Flex has now begun building a new production facility at Modi’in-Maccabim-Re’ut and will take on 200 more staff.


Mellanox to launch startup accelerator

Israeli IT giant Mellanox is setting up an accelerator and support program for startups. It will include over 10 startups and focus on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, storage, high-performance computing, and cloud computing.


Improved recycling of wastewater

Researchers at Ben Gurion University have discovered that treating recycled wastewater using biofiltration is more efficient for irrigation in arid, sandy soils that are found in deserts. It increases the rate of absorption into the sandy soil, thus reducing surface evaporation.

Water training for Swaziland

Deputy ambassador to South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland Ayellet Black, with two Israeli experts, led a course on drip irrigation and crop management to 19 local trainers in Swaziland. Severe drought almost crippled Swaziland last year. http://www.jpost.com/International/Israeli-drip-irrigation-experts-guide-Swaziland-farmers-in-agricultural-training-520061

Wave energy for Ghana

Israel’s Yam Pro is to build a $180 million, 150-megawatt wave-energy power station along a 6-mile stretch of coastline near Accra, the capital of Ghana. Yam Pro’s system captures the energy from breaking waves by converting it into hydraulic pressure, which is then turned into electricity.



Security for East African port

I reported previously (several times) on the perimeter intrusion detection systems of Israel’s Magal Security. Magal has just won a $13 million contract to provide intrusion and cybersecurity systems for an unnamed major international seaport in East Africa.



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