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TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS

In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has more startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US. On a per capita basis, Israel has the largest number of biotech startups.

A quick look at some familiar technology:

  • The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola.
  • Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
  • The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel. Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed and produced in Israel.
  • Voice mail technology was developed in Israel.
  • The first PC anti-virus software was developed in Israel.

Bio-inhibitive cotton

Argamon Technologies in Jerusalem has introduced the first-ever 100% cotton fabric that is bio-inhibitive. Ninety-nine percent of viruses and bacteria are killed within seconds of coming into contact with the copper-oxide that has been ultrasonically blasted into the cotton fibers. It will be used for uniforms, face masks and much more.

Diabetes monitoring

The Israeli start-up GlucoMe, located outside of Tel Aviv, has developed an app and a piece of hardware that allows individuals with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels. The information on their blood sugar levels is stored in the cloud so it can also accessed by their doctor.

Cooling Structures with sunlight

The co-founders of SolCold, Yaron Shenhav and Gadi Grottas, working with Hebrew University Professor Guy Ron, have invented a high-tech, light-filtering coating that can be applied to buildings.  When activated by the sun, it uses its strong rays to cool down structures. The paint is based on a patent-pending technology called Anti-Stokes Fluorescence; it reverses the natural action of photons released by the sun.

Underwater hotel

Architect Daniel Libeskind has presented plans to the Municipality of Eilat for an underwater hotel; reportedly, the municipality has accepted the plans.  The hotel, while appearing to float on the water, would go down 50 feet into the Red Sea.  Its capsule-like rooms would be surrounded by coral reef.

Israeli virtual reality camera in space

A camera designed by the Israeli firm Human Eyes has been sent into space to take part in a National Geographic documentary. The camera will be used to get 3D, 360-degree shots of life and work aboard the International Space Station.