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Israeli startup develops drone-based extended reality technology that helps users realize their dream of flying; tech leaders around the world visit Israel, “the epicenter of magic”; Israeli technology detects leaks in Finland, and much more!

By: Michael Ordman


You can fly

Israeli startup XTend has developed drone-based extended reality technology to simulate the experience of pilots or race car drivers. They say users will realize their dreams of flying. XTend’s founders previously launched 3D company Replay Technologies which they sold to Intel for $170 million.

‘The epicenter of magic’

REALITY Experience, an initiative by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, brings inspiring influencers from around the globe on a transformative journey through Israel to reignite their passion and potential for repairing the world. Here they describe some of what they have learned.

Detecting water leaks in Finland

The cloud-based technology of Israel’s TaKaDu (see here) is now operational in 13 countries. Jyväskylä Energy Group, the water utility of central Finland’s largest city, will deploy TaKaDu’s central event management solution to improve network efficiency and customer service.

Soaring up the Innovation Index

Last year (2017) Israel rose 4 places to 17 in the United Nations’ Global Innovation Index.  This year, Israel jumped six further places to number 11, leaping over Japan and France.  Israel came top in Researchers and talent, R&D spend, VC deals, Innovation linkages and ICT services exports.




60 years of aid to developing countries

Growing lettuce in Senegal, child education in Ghana and Nepal, combatting human trafficking, courses to empower women, a neonatal clinic in Ghana. Just some of the 60th year of activities of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.


Green Israel

For a country that is over 60% desert, Israel is tremendously GREEN.

Weizmann in top ten for research quality again

The Leiden University of the Netherlands has issued its latest ranking of the 1,000 best Universities (CWTS Leiden Ranking). Israel’s Weizmann Institute was awarded ninth place for its Research Quality. It has risen from 19th in 2008 and from 10th in 2017.

400 graduating innovators

Israel’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is unveiling this year’s innovations by more than 400 graduating industrial design students. Highlights – a field blood supply kit for medics, a home dialysis machine, artificial fruit to fight global food and vitamin shortages, and a mosquito control system.

Broadband satellite communications

Israel’s Gilat Satellite Networks is to develop fast, secure broadband data transmission via the Phase-1 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite from Canada’s Telsat that was launched earlier in 2018. https://www.gilat.com/pressreleases/telesat-and-gilat-join-forces-to-develop-broadband-communication-modem-technology-for-low-earth-orbit-leo-satellites/

Protecting Brazilian cotton against pests

Israel-based Evogene is partnering with Instituto Matogrossense do Algodão (IMAmt) to test its pest-resistant genes in Brazil’s cotton crops. Annual damages caused by the Cotton Boll Weevil is estimated at $468 million just in Brazil.

The other Israeli tech in Thai rescue mission

In addition to the radios from Israel’s Maxtech, the comms systems from Israel’s Radwin were used to coordinate rescue operations by the various forces in the area. A team from Radwin’s office in Bangkok established a wireless network in an area with little to no connectivity.

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