Sci-Fi: The Top Ten Israeli Inventions That Allow The Blind To ‘See’
By Shiri Wasserman, NoCamelsJuly 16, 20144 Comments
Reading someone’s facial expressions; looking at the night sky, or browsing the internet – these are mundane tasks that hardly require our attention. But not everyone can call them routine; for the 285 million people worldwide who are visually impaired, these simple tasks are nearly impossible.
Known as the Startup Nation, Israeli startups have now taken their expertise in innovation and technology to create revolutionary tools for the blind and visually impaired.
Here are ten Israeli companies whose vision is brightening the lives of those who cannot see.
EyeMusic: Seeing is hearing
Do you know what a square sounds like? You may argue that shapes don’t have sounds, but the Israeli-developed EyeMusic application was designed in order to help the blind “see” these common visual perceptions through sound. EyeMusic conveys the sounds of common shapes and colors by using soundscapes – assigning different musical notes and pitches to shapes and colors. A diagonal line, for instance, sounds like a chord of rising music notes. The EyeMusic application, available for iOS and Android, is based on the 2013 research by Prof. Amir Amedi and uses a simple algorithm to convert images from the device’s camera into a complicated array of sounds. Over time, users learn to differentiate between sounds and associate them with particular shapes, colors, and eventually objects.
Artificial vision technology called OrCam is a tiny camera that clips onto your glasses, similar to Google Glass. When users direct their glass’ vision at newspaper articles, labels, or a street sign, OrCam verbally identifies what they’re looking at and trabslates it into spoken words. The OrCam device is connected to a small pocket-size computer that stores the verbally interpreted information and is able to remember different objects, places, and people that the device has seen before, with the help of special algorithms. Orcam can also connect with hearing aids and cochlear implants, so that it not only serves the blind and visually impaired, but also the deaf-blind and mute. Earlier this year, Orcam Technologies received a $20 million investment from Intel for the development of its technology, which is based on research conducted by Prof. Amnon Shashua of the Hebrew University, also the founder of the successful Israeli startup Mobileye.
Nano Retina: The dream of restoring sight to the blind, realized
Restoring sight to the blind is for many a dream that may soon become a scientific reality with Nano Retina’s retinal implant technology. Macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness for individuals 60 years and older, is caused when a specific section of the eye’s retina dealing with object recognition begins to deteriorate. In order to combat the visual decline, Nano Retina’s founder Yossi Gross designed a miniature chip to replace the tiny but critical retinal part with an electric one. The implanted chip converts light into electric signals, which are then transmitted to the brain, with every image broken down into 600-pixel images and 100 different shades of grey, enabling sight in basic digital camera quality. Nano Retina completed its first clinical trial in 2010, in which 11 blind people were able to recognize surrounding objects, and hopes to be on the market in Europe by 2016 with the help of its investors Sony and Medtronic.
Bionic contact lens: Seeing is feeling
Scientists at Bar Ilan University developed a unique bionic contact lens based on the classical method of touch-based Braille reading. According to Prof. Zeev Zalevsky who headed the research team, there are 600 times more sensors in the cornea of one’s eye than in one’s fingertips, which are used for reading Braille. Therefore, the contact lens that Zalevsky and his team created allows the blind to see by transmitting visual information collected using a tiny camera to the bionic contact lens, which then sends signals to the cornea and sensory brain areas. The lens figuratively ‘presses’ images onto the eye’s surface through electrical signals, at which point the brain deciphers what the wearer is looking at, enabling them to see the full picture. Zalevsky believes that this contact will primarily help those who are blind from birth, giving them the ability to really ‘”feel” images without the need for invasive procedures.
Project RAY: Taking the ‘eye’ out of IPhone
The invention of the smartphone has made life much easier, and thanks to Project RAY’s revolutionary technology, this sight-driven gadget will make the lives of the blind easier too. Project RAY’s vision-free smartphone was designed around touch and speech, letting the user select which application or message they want to open using a sliding motion, instead of the usual tapping, together with a voice and vibration function. In addition, the device orients itself around the user’s fingers, making it easy to search for applications, send text messages and even post on Facebook. Project RAY is also equipped with sensors, text-to-speech, and audio feedback features, as well as a public transportation navigation system, an emergency orientation system and a library for the blind that features audio magazines and books.
Holography: Restoring sight using ‘Google Glass’ for the blind
An inherited degenerative condition called retinitis pigmentosa (RP) causes the gradual degeneration of light sensing cells and ultimately leads to vision impairment or blindness later in life. Now researchers at the Technion Institute of Technology have found a futuristic way of restoring light sensitivity to vision cells by using a computer-driven technology called holography. In what the researchers call optogenetics, a light-sensitive protein is taken from another organism and inserted into a target cell to photosensitize that cell, making it capable of sight. A bright light source is then projected on the cell, like a laser or holograph, activating the cell and enabling the RP patient to see. The team hopes to develop a headset similar to Google Glass that will be able to convert visual images into light that would allow the hundreds of thousands of people with RP to finally see past the shadows.
BlindAid: Letting the blind feel out their surroundings
When exploring new places, the blind rely almost entirely on the people around them to get to know their surroundings. However, Dr. Orly Lavan of Tel Aviv University has created a software tool to help the blind navigate through new and unfamiliar places with ease. The BlindAid 3D haptic device, connected to an existing joystick, digitizes spatial information and virtually maps it out. As the user approaches a wall, sidewalk curb, or other obstacles, the joystick connected to the device stiffens, letting the users know the boundaries of their surrounding. The program can also be designed to emit sounds, like a telephone ring, when the user approaches a reception desk, or a car speeding off as they near a vehicle.
Implanted telescope for macular degeneration
A tiny telescope designed by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz is on its way to dramatically improve the most common cause of blindness in the elderly: age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The miniature telescope is implanted into one eye and works by enlarging central images over the damaged retina, while the other eye supplies the peripheral vision for mobility. This breakthrough technology is already helping the elderly in the United States not only see better but recognize facial expressions and nuances they would otherwise miss.
Inpris’s UpSense Keyboard: Creating a language of movement
Bulky external Braille keyboards are a hassle for the tech-savy, but now Nissan Yaron and his father Ben-Etzion invented an efficient keyboard that enables the blind to freely type on tablets and smartphones. Designed by the father-son team, UpSense Keyboard allows users to create their own intuitive language of finger gestures that their device is able to interpret and remember. In addition, the UpSense Keyboard can be activated at any point on the device’s screen, eliminating the difficulty endured by the visually impaired with finding the right spot on the screen to start typing. Recently, Inpris was nominated for the CSS Design Awards and was deemed by President Shimon Peres “a brilliant idea.”
Notal Vision ForeseeHome AMD Monitor
We’ve already mentioned that macular degeneration in the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, affecting nearly 10 million people in America alone, but one Israeli technology is already working towards minimizing this statistic. Founded in 2000, Notal Vision created the first home-based system to monitor patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) between eye exams, which has proven effective in detecting important visual changes at an earlier stage. The system posts the patient’s current data on a secure website where the physician can review it at any time to monitor their progress. In 2009, Notal received FDA approval for its ForeseeHome AMD Monitor and it is currently being sold, with great success, out of its St. Louis headquarters.
February 22, 2015Roy Povarchik, 28, is one of Israel’s most well-know “growth-hackers”, helping startups “build communities in the digital age”. He has worked with companies like PowToon and has ‘hacked’ the world of social media and online promotion.
September 28, 2014About Ebola, an app built using a programming platform developed in Israel and abroad, is providing medical workers in the field with what is turning out to be one of their most effective tools available for preventing the alarming spread of Ebola in the villages of in West Africa.
September 19, 2014You may know Israel for its homegrown startups, but what about its contribution to major multinational companies? At DLD Tel Aviv, five CEOs explained Israel’s place in the competition for multinational attention.
September 17, 2014Hans Shakur began his road to the tech world as a pharmacist, but since his ‘induction’ 15 years ago, this Arab-Israeli visionary has kept himself busy thinking of new ways to engage the web and society.
September 15, 2014If you thought time travel only existed in “Back to the Future” – think again. A team of researchers has discovered a way to time travel through virtual reality, and treat memory-based trauma and PTSD.
September 11, 2014In NoCamel’s latest exclusive Q&A “Faces of the Startup Nation,” get to know Barak Rabinowitz, CEO of Win, and find out why trading baseball cards led him be a successful businessman and why Rocky Balboa is his all-time idol.
September 09, 2014Despite the need for them, chemicals are the bane of any farmer’s existence. Now farmers at Israel’s Moshav Ein Yahav are using a half billion hungry predatory bugs that will feast on the harmful insects to protect crops.
September 06, 2014Foam is for more than just bubble baths – an Israeli medical development firm has found dozens of beneficial uses. One of the most promising is an acne treatment that researchers say is more effective and safer than products now on the market.
September 02, 2014SpaceIL is the Israeli team participating in Google’s historical race to the Moon and it’s already a fan favorite. But that may be because the team is less interested in the $20 million prize, and more interested in the real value of the mission.
August 31, 2014As the Ice Bucket Challenges takes over the Internet, it may be time to get to know what’s really being done to treat ALS. BrainStorm’s ‘NurOwn’ stem cell treatment has already shown remarkable success and is now on its way to medical trials in the US.
August 18, 2014‘The Clapper’ is long out of fashion, but Vocca’s voice-activated light switch technology certainly isn’t. This light bulb attachment will switch lights on and off with a voice-activated cue.
August 12, 2014Due to global warming, coral reefs are slowly nearing extinction. But before waving Nemo goodbye, Israeli researchers have come up with a novel and efficient solution – coral reef carpets.
August 08, 2014As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim lives in Western Africa, one Israeli research is well on his way to discovering a vaccine. Dr. Leslie Lobel speaks to NoCamels about his survivor blood-based vaccine, US military funding and overblown fears of pandemic.
August 05, 2014NoCamels “Faces of the Startup Nation” will feature Q&As with the leading entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and visionaries to give you an exclusive peak into the movers and shakers of Israel’s innovation scene. Today’s face is Doron Nir, co-founder of HappySale, GameIS and GarageGeeks.
August 01, 2014For so many of us, fresh and local produce is a luxury that we just can’t afford. But thanks to Farmigo, a platform that connects between local farmers and communities to create neighborhood farmers markets, the luxury of freshness may finally be affordable, and philanthropic too.
July 28, 2014From the creators of mobli and popular messaging app Yo! comes the latest temporary messaging competitor – MIRAGE. Moshe Hogeg’s latest venture will allow you to send “disappearing” photo, video, text and voice messages to all of your contacts.
July 27, 2014Tech people aren’t overly concerned about the anti-Israel, even anti-Semitic headlines that have been cropping up in places like India and Ireland over the conflict with Hamas in Gaza. Relations between the high-tech industries there and the “Start-Up Nation” are just fine, they say.
July 23, 2014Every year, Business Insider gives a shout-out to women in the tech industry with its list of “most powerful women engineers in the world.” This year, the publication featured 22 women, of which three were Israeli, by far the largest number of any country when compared to Israel’s small size and population.
July 20, 2014A ‘man of the world’, Moshe Safdie’s name has been synonymous with nature-driven architecture since he revealed his Habitat 67 to millions of spectators in 1967. Now he’s got an incredible bio-dome at Singapore’s Changi Airport in the works that’s set to the stun the world.
July 15, 2014You may know Israel as the Startup Nation, but you may not know that in three months alone, 175 Israeli high-tech companies raised a total of $930 million, breaking a quarterly record from the year 2000. Find out why Israeli startups are such a hot-spot for venture capital investment.
July 09, 2014What if reading glasses could be made obsolete using a mobile eye-training game over a period of three months? This may sound like a ridiculous proposition, but it’s the way GlassesOff is training 40-60 year-olds to ditch their reading glasses for good.
July 02, 2014One of the best parts about extreme sports is the chance to capture the adrenaline rush on camera and share it with friends. The AirDog, the world’s first ever drone for extreme sports photography, is automatically following users and capturing aerial images like never before, powered by Israeli 3D printing technology.
July 01, 2014Depression and chronic stress are conditions that affect nearly 10 percent of the global population, and until now, most conventional treatments have proven ineffective. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute have discovered how and why depression develops, and believe that new and simpler ways to treat and detect depression may be fruits of their labor.
June 29, 2014Tired of the “nosy parkers” interfering with your privacy and peace of mind on packed flights? Envying the isolation afforded by the large chairs in Business Class? Meet Israeli-designed the b-tourist, the new method to secure in-flight segregation, even in Coach.
June 24, 2014Israeli researchers from the country’s leading universities are making game-changing breakthroughs in discovering the science behind the Parkinson’s disease mystery that affects 500,000 new Americans each year.
June 22, 2014Biofilm is your food’s biggest enemy, and you may not even know it. Now a Hebrew University researcher has invented biofilm-free packaging to keep the bacteria that has been associated with chronic illness away from our fruits and veggies.
June 18, 2014With one in ten people suffering from diabetes in the US, it isn’t too hard to find a diabetic in the crowd – a fact that can come in handy when someone with diabetes requires urgent medical assistance. Israeli app HelpAround was created to help these people find each other – and offer assistance in a time of need.
June 16, 2014One of the reasons why chemotherapy treatments are difficult is because cancer cells are equipped with sophisticated defense mechanisms on their membranes that resist contact from anticancer drugs. Scientists at the Technion studied the complexities of this mechanism to develop a novel therapy strategy they calls the “Pharmacological Trojan Horse”.
June 09, 2014Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso signed the EU’s Horizon 2020 agreement on Sunday, marking the beginning of a billion-euro partnership in the funding of research and innovation.
June 07, 2014Scientists at the Ben Gurion University in the Negev have made a disturbing finding on the effects of CO2 levels on the nutritional value of the food we eat. They say that crops that provide a large share of the global population with most of their dietary zinc and iron will no longer have those nutrients.
May 28, 2014If you think robots are designed by engineers only, think again. Dr. Guy Hoffman is variously a musician, academic, animator and teacher. And his TED talk on robots in October 2013 in Jaffa, possibly turned him into the world’s only roboticist superstar.
May 25, 2014Prepare to laugh, as we compiled a list of the 10 funniest Israeli startup videos. These include everything from poisoning Bar Refaeli, to featuring the fake sign language interpreter from Mandela’s funeral, to our very own NoCamels’ Managing Editor – and sometimes TV star – Avner Meyrav.
May 20, 2014Just in time for summer, Israeli company Sensibo is introducing its smartphone-enabled gadget, which makes any air conditioner smart. While remote-controlled ACs have been around for a while, Sensibo offers a lot more: from self-regulation to cleaning reminders.
May 18, 2014When an anti-cancer drug is administered in a patient, there is no surefire way to know it’ll work – or if the cancer is resistant to it. A new study at the Hebrew University may change that with a way of figuring out if a tumor is resistant beforehand.
May 13, 2014Glass by Google aims to revolutionize the way we interact with the world, by offering a layer of augmented reality to be displayed before our eyes. But Google’s not alone, with several competitors in the field – one of which stems from an amalgamation of two Israeli companies.
May 08, 2014Three students from the Technion have taken upon themselves to give the blind a high-tech alternative to the Seeing Eye dog and cane. The result is a device based on a Kinect camera that can give the blind audio-feedback and help them navigate safely.
May 04, 2014Speaking two languages fluently is not only a great advantage when traveling and in the business world; a recent study from the University of Haifa shows that being bilingual also increases mental flexibility.
April 30, 2014A recent study by the OECD has shown that Israel has the second-highest percentage of billionaire entrepreneurs in the world! The report ranked the best breeding-ground for financial entrepreneurial success, and it’s Israel.
April 27, 2014Israel is known as the Startup Nation, with new and innovative startups sprouting left and right. But did you know that in recent years Israel has also become a major exporter of TV shows? NoCamels presents the shows you watch but probably didn’t know were conjured in an Israeli writer’s mind.
April 23, 2014Much of the world’s conflict-resolution is done behind closed doors between various nations, but what if architects were thrown into the mix? Israeli firm Saya has set out to design a practical, architectural solution to world conflicts, from the Middle East to Cyprus and the US Mexican border.
April 20, 2014Attention to potential security holes could have prevented the “biggest bug ever to hit the Internet.” That is the claim of Israel cyber-security company Checkmarx, who says the latest major internet hack was avoidable.
April 16, 2014Israeli researcher Dr. Regina Golan-Gertsl was already researching cancer, but when she lost her mother to brain cancer – she focused her efforts to find a cure and has now made a breakthrough discovery.
April 13, 2014Passover is also known as the “Festival of Spring”, and a new exhibition in Tel Aviv taking place over the holiday is in the season’s spirit of renewal. The “Green Exhibition,” presented by design students, is all about recycling and sustainable thinking.
April 08, 2014While smartphone technology continuously progesses, batteries hardly have. Now, an Israeli company has created the technology to manufacture phones that can charge in half a minute. Not only that, their technology is based on organic and eco-friendly materials.
April 05, 2014While eating copious amounts of fatty food is one way to gain weight, one study proves there is something else that increases fat cells: Sitting on your butt. By examining how fat is produced at a cellular level, the researchers discovered that placing physical pressure on fat cells actually caused them to expand.
March 31, 2014At first glance, these creations might look like beautiful images that could fit any any museum. However, these are no ordinary landscapes – they are tiny particles that look like ethereal sceneries when examined through a microscope.
March 27, 2014Most everybody wants to use cleaner forms of energy and solar power is always mentioned in that context. However, since most solar farms are located in deserts, it’s very hard to maintain the panels clean – and that damages energy production. Enter Israeli company Ecoppia, which developed the world’s first solar-panel-cleaning robot.
March 25, 2014Students from the Technion created a program able to disrupt Waze’s advanced navigation systems, causing it to report fictitious traffic jams that redirected routes on the popular GPS platform.
March 21, 2014Despite the fact that no animals (except for humans!) shave, it turns out the animal kingdom can teach us a thing or two about shaving. Researchers at the Technion have found that by mimicking the texture of the legs of creatures who live in wet environments – they can create better razors.
March 13, 2014On a visit to Israel, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is being introduced today to Kano, the groundbreaking DIY computer and coding kit for all ages that raised $1.5 million on Kickstarter last November.
March 10, 2014Following Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for a mammoth $19 billion, the world is on the lookout for the next great mobile messaging app. And Samba.me, a sleek and fun new Israeli mobile video messaging app, might be just that.
March 04, 2014Israeli-American 3D printing giant Stratasys has focused on several markets with its technology, including dentistry, where the company offers an array of solutions for printing teeth in 3D!
February 28, 2014Much of the world’s future will be shaped by 3D printers and at the forefront of that industry is Israeli-American company Stratasys. Several eco-friendly companies are using Stratasys’ technology to 3D print energy sources for third-world countries.
February 25, 2014With a background both as a makeup artist and a graphic designer, Tal Peleg uses her skillset to create unique art. This Israeli artist uses her own eye as the canvas for some amazingly detailed creations.
February 20, 2014Sometimes, people who feel the need to confess something, only own up to part of their deceit. A recent study has shown that partial confession causes more feelings of remorse than total confession – or lying altogether.
February 17, 2014MassChallenge, the world’s largest accelerator working out of Boston, has officially launched in Israel. Attending the launch was CEO John Harthorne, who told NoCamels why Israel has the perfect startup ecosystem for MassChallenge’s first outside branch.
February 11, 2014While schizophrenia has been recognized as a medical condition decades ago, very little is known about the condition and treatment is only successful in 50% of cases. A recent Israeli study has shed light on new ways of discovering and treating the condition.
February 09, 2014If you’re reading this, chances are you take access to a personal computer for granted. But did you know that five billion people have limited access to a PC? Israeli company Keepod is partnering with LiveInSlums to give everyone a PC – for $7.
February 05, 2014While there’s no evidence of alien life, scientists are constantly looking for a real E.T. Now, an Israeli professor has found evidence that there may be other places – and timeframes – to look in. He suggests that alien life may have evolved as early as 15 million years after the big bang.
February 03, 2014Israeli-American 3D printing giant Stratasys is pushing the bar ever further, now with the world’s first color 3D printer. It can print everything from sunglasses to shoes in any color.
January 29, 2014The 2014 NBA All-Star game, which will take place in New Orleans, will offer its viewers a new type of replay: real-time 3D, not unlike the movie the Matrix. The company behind the innovation is Israeli company Replay Technology, and their product is super cool.
January 27, 2014“Everyone, everyday faces small decision-making moments in every aspect of their life,” says Itai Herman. Helping them make these decisions, Herman devised mobile application Askem, that allows anyone to upload questions on any subject and instantaneously receive feedback from hundreds or thousands of people.
January 22, 2014With his Israeli-American partner, Jewish media superstar Larry King is promoting cooperation between Israel and Silicon Valley. King, alongside the Technion, is setting up the Israel-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, which he will personally fund.
January 20, 2014A researcher at Tel Aviv University may have found a mathematical path to the fountain of youth. Combining genetics and computer science, the algorithm could pave the way to creating drugs that prolong life expectancy.
January 15, 2014It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world and is a major tourist attraction, but the city of Acre, is going through difficult times, with widespread poverty. A joint venture between the city and a passionate local woman has harnessed the spirit of the locals to create traditional businesses.
January 13, 2014Imagine an unmanned flying ambulance that can reach otherwise inaccessible areas, pick up the wounded and make its way to a hospital. As unbelievable as that may sound, it is already being developed by Israeli company UrbanAero.
January 08, 2014Handing him the Product Designer of the Year Award, Michelle Obama is just the latest fan of Israeli designer Gadi Amit. His New Deal Design company has taken the design world by storm with products that are visually pleasing, yet functionally perfect.
January 05, 2014As intuitive as touchscreen is, for some people it is still not an option. People with disabilities can’t use the devices most of use so easily. Israeli company Sesame Enable is developing technology that allows these people to control smart devices using only head movement.
December 30, 2013To curtail the high poverty and unemployment rates among Haredim, the Technion created a pre-university program that enables the ultra-orthofox to catch up on some of the core knowledge they may have missed in school.
December 25, 2013What do you get when you combine fish and plants that grow on water? Yes, sushi is one answer, but we’re referring to aquaponics – an innovative technique for creating farms that supply both fish and plants, while creating an ecosystem that sustains itself.
December 22, 2013Since the dawn of human civilization, potions or elixirs have been used for everything from battling illnesses to improving fertility. Now, an Israeli designer has taken these ancient recipes and given them a modern twist.
December 18, 2013We’ve all been there: The dreaded day when we are about to move into a new home and have to rely on a bunch of strangers to move our belongings. Israeli startup MooVooZ claims its online comparing and booking site will make it a breeze.
December 16, 2013Starting your own business is never easy, especially without advice. Israeli startup CrowdAdvisor is launching an “worldwide marketplace for feedback.” The website will allow businesses to get instant feedback from potential customers around the world.
December 10, 2013Israeli companies are holding IPOs left and right. While the figures are usually all that hit the headlines, Israeli plant genomics company Evogene, which recently raised $84 million on the New York Stock Exchange, told NoCamels what it’s really like to go public.
December 09, 2013Israeli company Given Imaging, which developed a pill camera camera to replace invasive procedures such as colonoscopies, has been acquired by international Irish healthcare corporation Covidien for $860 M.
December 04, 2013As the human brain gets older, it is increasingly prone to neurodegenerative disease. If only it were possible to simply stop the brain from aging. As it turns out, it might just be, as recent study by Hebrew University researchers and an Israeli startup has shown.
December 02, 2013So you’ve reached the mall, but how do you get around once you get there? Israeli startup Mally has created an app that automatically converts 2D maps into 3D interactive navigation tools for large indoor structures, such as malls and museums.
November 28, 2013When developing another product, the team at Israeli startup Token Labs stumbled upon the need for a drag-and-drop printing service – so they developed Printhug. The company’s service enables you to mark a Dropbox folder as the destination for photos to be automatically printed and shipped to you.
November 26, 2013Israeli startup Tonara, which offers smart sheet music for musicians, has recently introduced a major update. The company’s new app will keep track of music for musicians and stage technicians, performing tasks such as turning music sheet automatically.
November 24, 2013A major problem in the Palestinian Authority is wastewater treatment. In fact, so little sewage water gets treated that most of it just sits in reservoirs, seeping into the ground and polluting fresh water. An Israeli company is now putting politics aside to treat water for a Palestinian village.
November 20, 2013Videos jump so easily from one to the next on YouTube, that you could start watching a kid-friendly video and go to something completely inappropriate in a few seconds. That’s why Israeli startup Totlol has created a kid-friendly alternative to YouTube.
November 18, 2013With no known cure, Alzheimer’s Disease is still the most common form of dementia and a leading cause of death among people 65 and older. Now, a team of Israeli researchers have made progress with a finding that may help diagnose the disease as early as at the age of 30, and treat it accordingly.
November 14, 2013Have Israeli scientists solved the fossil-fuel dependency problem? A team of Israeli researchers from Ben Gurion University have created a substance, made from water and carbon dioxide, which can replace crude oil to produce fuel using existing methods.
November 12, 2013Israel is sending assistance to the areas in the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. Teams from IsraAID, an NGO committed to providing life-saving disaster relief and long term support, are currently on their way to the region.
November 11, 2013Tired of circling the block 60 times to find a parking spot? Frustrated with exorbitant transportation fees and complicated schedules that take longer to decipher than the actual travel time? Look no further! Here are the top 10 high-tech transportation solutions being applied in Tel Aviv today.
November 05, 2013You may believe that recycling is a modern quirk invented by leftist ecologists, but there is mounting evidence to suggest our prehistoric ancestors learned to recycle the objects they used in their daily lives.
November 03, 2013While there’s no Israeli automotive industry, the future of driving may be being developed in the city of Herzliya, where General Motors has an R&D center. Much of the technology used for GM’s EN-V comes out of the center, in conjunction a similar facility in Silicon Valley.
October 28, 2013For 1.5 people in Asia and Africa, electricity is anything but a given. As a result, independent “entrepreneurs” charge outrageous sums from common people just so they can charge their cellphone. But now theses “power pimps” should be worried, thanks to Israeli company Nova Lomus.
October 25, 2013It’s easy to understand why people prefer texting apps to email apps on their smartphones. Texting was made for cellphones, while emails were simply adapted. Now Israeli startup Hop has created an app that will let you enjoy the benefits of email, while maintaining the feel of texting.
October 22, 2013Many companies are shifting towards a “Bring Your Own Device” policy for employees. While saving the company the cost of buying its employees smartphones, the policy poses a potential security threat. Israeli company Skycure has just launched a solution in the form of protective software.
October 20, 2013Twitter citizens, your rambling tweets are serving a noble cause! A new study from Israel, Britain and Italy says that collecting information on Twitter related to transportation problems following large events – such as football matches – provides a goldfield of data.