The Most Exciting Israeli Start-Ups – Brian Blum
(dailyalert.org, Dec. 26, 2014)
Some of the most exciting up-and-coming Israeli start-ups were at a conference in December organized by OurCrowd, the Jerusalem-based crowd-investing platform. VocalZoom has a technology that filters out background noise so that when you talk on your cellphone in a loud public place, the call will sound crystal clear. Cimagine allows shoppers to place a 3D picture of a piece of furniture from any website into an “augmented reality” version of their own living room to show how it would look.
Beacons are little plastic devices that broadcast where they are so you can track your luggage, phone, keys or kids. Pixie adds “distance” and “direction” to beacons – you won’t just know your car is nearby, but by using the accompanying cellphone software, you’ll be directed right to it. Up-n-Ride is a wheelchair that rises up into a vertical position so the disabled person can participate more normally in everyday activities.
Consumer Physics is a molecular scanner that fits in the palm of your hand. Aim it at the pasta on your plate, and it can tell you the ingredients and number of calories. It can be used to sense anything other than metals. (Jerusalem Post)
Israel and Vietnam Cooperate in the Dairy Sector – Sharon Udasin
There is a state-of-the-art milking parlor, equipped with the latest Israeli dairy technologies and monitoring systems, near Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam. The Dairy Demonstration and Experimental Farm was officially launched in August 2013 to increase local milking efficiency and quality.
Gonen Harel, the farm’s manager, said Tuesday that cows in Vietnam are only producing 3,500 liters of milk per year, as opposed to the Israeli average of 13,000 liters per year. At the demonstration farm, where cows were producing only 10 liters of milk daily two years ago, the animals are now supplying 23 liters per day, Harel said.
Rather than simply “copying and pasting what we are doing in Israel,” it remains important to provide the Vietnamese farmers with the necessary tools to develop their dairy parlors in accordance with local conditions, Harel added. (Jerusalem Post)
The Startups of Nazareth – Drake Bennett (Business Week)
An increasing number of Israel’s Arabs are finding work in the country’s burgeoning tech economy.
Arabs are represented at Israel’s top universities in numbers commensurate with their percentage of the population.
The 10% of Israel’s Arabs who are Christian actually perform better academically than any other Israeli demographic and are comparatively prevalent among the country’s Arab software engineers and entrepreneurs.