They keep your legs smooth, back up your files, upload your photos from wherever you may be. ISRAEL21c presents 10 top, developed-in-Israel gadgets.
- Starbucks to roll out Israeli-made battery charging stations in U.S.
- Israel’s Powermat wireless charging pads come to 200 Silicon Valley Starbucks
Israelis love technology. They are early adapters, and relentless innovators, always looking for ways to improve their lives in every possible area.
With the country's talent for development, it's so surprise that some of the world's top gadgets were designed and developed in Israel. We've put together 10 of the best.
Dov Moran, founder of Modu, previously hit the big time with his company M-Systems, which developed the very first DiskOnKey (or DiskOnChip as M-Systems originally dubbed it).
The concept is simple enough: Jam up to 64 gigabytes of data onto a tiny gadget no larger than a house key. The latest versions actually look like a key and can hook onto your keychain.
DiskOnKeys were part of the "one-two sucker punch" that killed the venerable floppy disk (the other being cheap recordable CD-ROMs and later DVDs). Aside from being a reliable way to transfer data from computer to computer, disk-on-keys are now finding new life, expanding the storage space of the latest portable craze, the NetBook.
In 2005, PC World named the DiskOnKey one of the world's top 10 gadgets in the last 50 years. In 2006, international powerhouse SanDisk purchased M-Systems for $1.6 billion.
How many power cables do you have running under your office desk for all your computers, hard drives, modems, routers, etc.? How about those kitchen appliances and their connections to the sockets? Wouldn't it be great to get rid of the clutter?
That's what Powermat promises to do. The Israeli company's technology lets you embed a power grid in just about anything - from a desk to a kitchen counter. Then, with a wireless receiver hidden inside a device, there's no need for plugs anymore. Just position the device or appliance near a power "hotspot" and away it goes.
In a demo on the company's website, a salesperson goes so far as to pour water all over a "Powermatted" kitchen counter - with no burn-outs or electrocutions. Other demonstrations show iPods and Blackberries charging when simply placed on a table.
The company is a joint venture between Michigan-based HoMedics and Israel's Powermat. The first products will be available in time for this winter's shopping season.