From a robot for elders to an automated vehicle inspection app, TIME editors love these Israeli innovations.
By Abigail Klein Leichman, Israel21c
Five products based on Israeli technology were cited in TIME magazine’s Best Inventions of 2022 among “200 inventions changing the way we live.”
In the AI category, TIME chose subsurface mapping platform Exodigo and automated vehicle inspection app Ravin AI.
The technology used last September when a sinkhole suddenly opened on a major highway in Tel Aviv, Exodigo uses electromagnetic, radar, LIDAR, and other sensors on carts and drones to get a 3D picture of underground infrastructure. Recently, the California Department of Transportation used the platform to identify utility lines for a project to extend Highway 70. The company is also doing pilot projects in Florida and Texas.
Ravin AI’s intelligent inspection app enables anyone to capture the condition of a vehicle accurately. It leverages advanced computer vision and deep learning to analyze car damage and generate a 360-degree condition report or repair estimate. This technology can be applied to use cases such as insurance claims, car rentals and fleet management.
In the Accessibility category, TIME chose Intuition Robotics’ ElliQ robot.
This voice-operated, AI-powered “chaperone robot” for elders initiates conversation and helps its human companion develop healthy social, physical, and mental habits. It keeps track of conversations and health conditions and can contact predesignated people in case of emergencies. It even makes small talk, tells jokes and plays games. Last May, the New York State Office for the Aging announced plans to distribute 800 ElliQ robots to older adults.
In the Apps & Software category, TIME chose HR-tech tool HiBob.
HiBob’s platform enhances employee productivity, engagement and retention while handling tasks such as payroll processing, benefits management, hybrid onboarding and task scheduling for remote and onsite employees. With a workforce of over 700 “Bobbers,” the company caters to fast-growing mid-size companies with multiple global worksites.
In the Household category, TIME chose Epic Cleantec’s OneWater system.
Epic Cleantec, the US affiliate of Israel’s Paulee CleanTec, developed OneWater for wastewater treatment in high-rise buildings where solid and liquid waste is separated. The liquid graywater is treated and reused for cooling towers, toilet flushing and irrigation, while the solids are turned into odorless fertilizer in onsite landscaping.
Last May, Epic appeared on Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas list. And on January 18, Epic was selected as a winner of the Uplink Global Freshwater Challenge at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
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