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Israel’s Leumi card integrates first-of-its-kind mobile app that uses behavioral biometrics; Israeli startup Handy Bag designs and manufactures bags are easy for wheelchair users to access their belongings unaided; Israel’s International Cooperation Ministry has established and dedicated a new NIS 4 million Dead Sea Research Institute, and much more. 

By: Michael Ordman

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Behavior biometrics to protect credit cards

Israel’s Leumi card will integrate the first-of-its-kind mobile app that uses behavioral biometrics. Based on cutting-edge technology of Israeli startup SecuredTouch, the solution uses finger size, touch pressure, touch surface and more to validate the card owner and eliminate the need to use complex passwords.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej5kkVCmFsw
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-bank-becomes-first-to-use-behavioral-biometrics-to-secure-credit-card/

A handy bag for wheelchair users

Israeli startup Handy Bag designs and manufactures bags are easy for wheelchair users to access their belongings unaided. Founder Yair Zur was inspired by his wheelchair-bound parents – one a war veteran and one with polio. Yair raised his goal of $20,000 on Kickstarter
http://www.israel21c.org/israeli-designer-rolls-out-totes-geared-to-wheelchairs/
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1233547429/handy-bag-carrying-solutions-for-wheelchair-users
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4AlR0NZegw

Rehabilitating the Dead Sea region

Israel’s International Cooperation Ministry has established and dedicated a new NIS 4 million Dead Sea Research Institute.  Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Authority scientists will work together at the Institute, to study the Dead Sea and find ways to rehabilitate it and the region around it.  https://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-jordan-palestinians-work-together-to-save-dead-sea/

Whatever happened to the Ash Poopie?

Newsletter readers back in Oct 2011 may remember that Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Oded Shoseyov invented a device for turning dog waste into ash. Israel’s Paulee CleanTec is building the device and its innovative technology into eco-friendly commercial products.
http://www.israel21c.org/us-dog-owners-could-soon-turn-droppings-into-odorless-dust/
http://www.israel21c.org/what-goes-down-the-drain-can-sustain-the-whole-building/
http://www.pauleecleantec.com/our-solution

A novel travel guide

Israeli startup “Books on Map” provides readers with virtual tours through a city’s streets by way of novels that reference that city.  Combining library, treasure hunt and social network, it services Paris, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Books on Map won the recent City of Paris tourism app competition. http://nocamels.com/2016/12/literary-voyage-app-books-on-map/
http://booksonmap.com/index.php/english.html

Reducing pesticide usage by 40%

I reported previously (Feb 2014) on AgriTask – an app from Israel’s Scantask that improves farming efficiency. AgriTask is now protecting about 1,000 farmers in Israel, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Kenya and Thailand from crop damage and saving them up to 40% in pesticide use.  http://www.israel21c.org/making-precision-agronomy-accessible-to-all-farmers/

Robotics in China

As predicted previously (Oct 2015) the Sino-Israeli Robotics Institute was inaugurated during the second Sino-Israeli Robotics Summit in Guangzhou, China. The 4,800sqm robotics incubator includes exhibition and demo area, innovation lab, training center and corporate offices.
http://www.israel21c.org/new-home-for-israeli-robotics-in-china/

US signs joint US-Israel cybersecurity act into law

The US-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act of 2016 has been signed into US law.  The act will expand existing joint research and create a grant for new development.  http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-israel-cybersecurity-collaboration-act-signed-into-law/

Find my stuff

Israeli startup GearEye uses a radio frequency ID (RFID) scanner, tags, and an app to locate your important belongings.  GearEye sought to raise $60,000 on Kickstarter.  It ended up with over $500,000.
http://nocamels.com/2016/12/geareye-rfid-locator-app/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MlCZF3TFHQ
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/874608327/geareye-the-ultimate-gear-management-system

Intel launches full range of Israeli micro-processors

I reported previously (11th Sep) that Intel announced its Israeli-designed and developed 7th generation micro-processor – the Kaby Lake. Now Intel has officially launched the full line of those advanced processors.  http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Tech/Intel-launches-next-gen-processors-developed-and-designed-in-Israel-477358

Airmule is now the Cormorant

I’ve reported previously (see here) about the Air Mule flying car from Israel’s Urban Aeronautics (also known as Tactical Robotics). Here is the latest on the Unmanned Air Vehicle – now renamed the Cormorant. Its target for launching on the aviation market is now 2020.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/flying-ambulance-drone-heading-for-take-off/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PByFlMyAYpg

The sun is shining on the world’s tallest tower

Here is the latest report on the progress of the Ashalim project – building the world’s tallest solar tower, deep in the Negev desert (see here). When complete in 2018 it will generate 310 megawatts of power – enough for 130,000 households, or roughly 5% of Israel’s population.
http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-harnessing-sunshine-with-worlds-tallest-solar-tower/

 

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