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Israeli innovation A-Z

An alphabetical guide to just a few of the technologies, devices and apps that have earned the Startup Nation its reputation

Lee Perry and Wendy Elliman
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Anti virus software. The first one for PCs was developed in 1979 by Israeli software company iRiS, which also provided the first solution to viruses for Windows.

Bionic walking system. Using battery-powered leg attachments and a wrist-mounted remote control, ReWalks system enables paraplegics to stand, walk and even climb stairs.

Camera in a capsule.  Given Imagings pill-sized camera and transmitter is swallowed by patients, giving doctors a window into the body for detecting disorders.

Drip irrigation. Pioneered by Netafim, the technology is helping numerous countries around the world conserve water and save money by supplying plants with just the right amount of water.

Energy. The worlds first solar window – a transparent photovoltaic glass which can generate power – is one of a plethora of Israeli technologies drawing on the sun.

FireWall. The first commercially available one for software, using the stateful inspection technology, was launched by Check Point, a pioneer in IT security.   

Get taxi. The startup (also called Gett) connects customers with taxi drivers through the company website or by a smartphone app and now operates in 70 cities in the U.S., U.K., Russia and Israel.

Humanitarian aid teams in disaster-hit areas are able to save lives with the help of Israeli innovations like Emergency Bandaid's  built-in pressure bar which stops bleeding; freeze-dried blood powder that can be mixed with water to give transfusions in the field; and an atmospheric water-generation technology that pulls drinking water right out of the air. 

Iron Dome. The mobile, all-weather missile defense system intercepts and destroys short-range rockets and artillery shells. It proved its value in the summer of 2014 when it intercepted projectiles launched from Gaza with 95 to 99 percent efficiency. 

Jellyfish are being transformed from a nuisance into novel products, including biodegradable diapers and tampons, by using the sea creature to make natural super-absorbent materials.

Kindle, Amazons popular e-reader employs a customized Java platform largely developed in a lab in Herzliya.

Messaging - instant, that is, was pioneered by Mirabilis with its ICQ for desktop computers. It laid the groundwork for a vast range of other instant messaging companies and apps from WhatsApp to Viber (also Israeli). 

Nanotechnology. Sensors that analyze particles in ones breath to sniff out diseases; a super-absorbent gauze that stops hemorrhaging within minutes and dissolves naturally; and new ways of growing nanowires for the eventual production of a dizzying array of new products – are just a few of the Israeli innovations in this field.

Office Printer. Whats now a household item was first developed in Rehovot at Indigo, making it possible for anyone to print high-quality documents at home or in the office.

PC and the Pentium chip.  The face of computing changed at Intel-Israel, first with the 8088 processor (the early PCs brain), and then the MMX chip (which powered Pentium II computers).  The chips descendants are in most of todays desktop and laptop computers.

Quasicrystals. The discovery of these structures won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Technion Prof. Dan  Shechtman. Meanwhile, quasicrystals are now used in surgical instruments, LED lights and non-stick frying pans, with their full potential still to be tapped.

Road safety has been enhanced with Mobileyes collision-avoidance technology, which utilizes sensors to detect and warn drivers of the presence of dangers on the road. New partnerships, including one with a major automaker, have made the company a leading contender in the race toward driverless cars.

Spines can be operated on with greater precision as a result of a robotic guidance system developed by Mazor; while a minimally invasive treatment for scoliosis provides an alternative to conventional lengthy, high-risk surgery.

Tomaccio cherry tomatoes, the result of a 12-year breeding program at Hazera Genetics and the Hebrew University, are a favorite in dozens of countries due to their sweetness and long shelf-life.

USB flash. The now ubiquitous compact Disk-on-Key, which rapidly copies gigabytes of information from a PC and stores it in its electronic (or flash) memory,psuhed the floppy disk into obsolescence. 

Vision. Those with impaired sight can enjoy artificial vision with the aid of a discreet, wearable device used to access text and identify objects. In the not-too-distant future, another technology – a bionic contact lens which stimulates the cornea – may enable the congenitally blind to "see."

Waze. The GPS-based social navigation app, with real-time traffic updates,  was selected best mobile app at a prestigious international congress and is now used by tens of millions of drivers worldwide to find their way, while avoiding traffic jams.

Xjet. This pioneer in 3D printing uses liquid metals based on nanoparticles to create custom-designed metal parts. Another Israeli company, Objet Ltd., was among the pioneers of 3-D printing with plastic.

Yields. Enhanced ones for crops are possible thanks to one technology that modifies plant cell walls, and another one that triggers the doubling of chromosomes of plants.

Zoom technology, developed by Corephotonics, lays the basis for revolutionizing phone photography by boosting the quality of cellphone photos to that of compact zoom-lens digital cameras.

Up and coming

Consumer Physics, which scans for food calories. CropX  smartphone control for irrigation. Sight Diagnostics next-generation blood testing. Neomatix, which checks tire pressure in trucks parked overnight. Zebra Medicals machine learning for automatic reading of radiological images. Celeno semiconductor chips for advanced WiFi. Nanorep, which is developing bots for customer service. Nano Textile which can make any type of fabric antibacterial and thus combat hospital-acquired infections. Biocatch biometric behavioral authentication for security. Highcon, a digital packing machine with 3D printing and laser cutting. Perlis, an artificial intelligence system that identifies early symptoms of diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Proov, a platform to enable proof of concept between startups and big companies. mPrest, the software company that powers the Iron Dome, is moving into smart cities and electrical grid management. Pharmpool is developing a mobile app to evaluate the safety of drug therapy regimens for individual patients. Briefcam makes days of security video footage searchable in minutes. Credifi, a big-data analytics platform for lending and investing in commercial real estate. HIL Applied Medical is a desktop anticancer technology that uses proton beams