See Israeli technology presented at the 66th international astronomical congress in Jerusalem, and an Israeli engineer designs a baby stroller for wheelchair users.
By: Michael Ordman
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Israeli space odyssey
This video highlights Israeli technology presented at the 66th international astronomical congress in Jerusalem. Tech that will help NASA fly to Mars and Europe to study Venus. New Israeli satellites will provide Internet access to remote areas of Africa and help research into alleviating global drought.
A baby stroller for wheelchair users
Dana Yichye-Shwachman, a designer with Israel’s Jonathan Bar-Or Industrial Design has developed Easy Stroll – an aluminum attachment to a wheelchair’s footboard that latches on to a baby stroller. Dana is now extending the prototype to fit a variety of wheelchairs and strollers.
US ranch to grow rice with Israeli irrigation
The 17,000 acre Conaway Ranch in Woodland, California will be the first US rice grower to use Israeli drip irrigation. The Conaway Preservation Group is partnering with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research and Israel’s Netafim.
Israel & MIT celebrate 8 years of growth
Formally incepted in 2007, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Israel Program recruits, selects, and places qualified MIT students in internships across Israel.
Emerging from stealth mode
Israeli cybersecurity startup Siemplify has revealed its innovative security operations platform that can help companies identify security threats and respond quickly to incidents. Siemplify has just raised $4 million of funding.
35 billion chips checked
Israel’s Optimal+ analyzed more than 35 billion semiconductor devices on behalf of its customers in 2015 – a 50 percent increase from 2014. The information has contributed to significant quality improvements and fewer defective chips shipped for use in next-generation devices.
Soft wheels for cars
Israel’s SoftWheel is to bring its innovative automatic suspension system to the automobile sector. No flat tires, because the SoftWheel system uses a rigid tire that is not filled with air. At AIPAC, SoftWheel demonstrated the company’s Acrobat wheelchair and revealed its ambitious plans.
Almost limitless communication
Israeli start-up SkyFi is developing a network of 60 nano-satellites to cover the globe and enable any type of communication between two points – telephone, digital, and even television. It will also provide Internet access to some 4 billion people in rural areas without wired or wireless connections.
Ariel University video on nano-satellite development:
Belgians use Israeli tech to register as “safe”
Facebook activated its Safety Check app to help people stay in touch and let friends and family know they’re safe following the deadly attacks in Belgium. The social network tool was developed at the Tel Aviv headquarters of Facebook Israel. Some 4.1 million people used the app after the Nov. Paris attacks.
Low-cost renewable energy storage
Israel’s Electric Fuel Energy has developed a novel Iron Flow energy storage technology that is projected to be less costly, safer, and more environmentally friendly than other large-scale battery storage solutions. It is particularly suited for renewables and long-duration storage.
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