Prince William gets Israeli coding blocks game for kids; Israel operates subsidized science and technology summer camps in Jerusalem; Israeli startup cleans the indoor air, and much more!

By: Michael Ordman


Royal approval

One of the four startups presented to Prince William on his official visit to Israel was AlgoBrix.- an educational system that teaches young children how write code to operate robots.

Technology summer camp

In sharp contrast to Hamas’ Gaza summer camps, Israel’s Ministry of Science and Technology operates subsidized science and technology summer camps across Jerusalem. Each 5-day camp costs NIS 80 and the three age groups enjoy either Mathematics, Robotics or Creativity.

US-Israel Energy & Water Center

I reported previously (Oct 2016) of the US-Israeli plan to establish a joint energy research center. In March, the US Congress and Israeli Government each appropriated $4 million for the center. Now the two energy chiefs have signed a formal implementation agreement.

Electricity from bacteria

Researchers from Israel’s Technion have developed an energy-producing system from photosynthetic bacteria, also known as cyanobacteria. The bacteria use photosynthesis to generate energy from sunlight. This energy can be harvested as hydrogen and then used to generate electricity.

8 of 61 WEF’s Technology Pioneers are Israeli

Eight Israeli startups are on the World Economic Forum’s 2018 list of 61 Technology Pioneers. They include Innoviz (see here), Precognize (see here), Vayyar (see here), Aqua Security, Raycatch, XM Cyber, Utilis (see here) and Water-Gen (see here).

More protection for cars

Israel-based international automotive technology provider ERM Advanced Telematics has developed eCyber – a hardware-software product that protects vehicles against ransomware and other cyberattacks. It is unique in that it can be installed by authorized parties after the car has left the factory.

Clean the air, not replace it

Israeli startup enVerid eliminates a leading cause of energy waste in buildings by cleaning the inside air instead of continuously replacing it. EnVerid has just been selected as one of the 2018 Red Herring Top 100 North America Awards finalists.

Making (infused) water out of wine

Anat Levi, CEO of Israel’s Wine Water Ltd, uses grape skins, seeds and sustainable processes to make O.Vine – infused spring water. Grape skins and seeds are rich in phytochemicals – shown to have positive health benefits. A tasty, nutritious product, using waste material from the wine industry.

New Samsung smartphone includes Israeli facial recognition

Samsung’s new smartphone, the Galaxy S10, is reported to feature facial recognition technology by Israeli startup Mantis Vision. Mantis Vision develops 3D scanning technologies used to create 3D content for a wide range of applications.,7340,L-3741037,00.html

1,000 times faster than flash

Israeli startup Weebit Nano has developed non-volatile computer memory that is a thousand times faster than flash memory (e.g. on a USB stick) and uses only one-thousandth as much power. The company plans to launch a commercial product in 2020.

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