Sparrow can see in the dark

Israeli startup TriEye (reported previously) has developed Sparrow, the world’s first CMOS-based camera with Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) sensing technology. The camera will enhance visibility for smart vehicle systems at night, during adverse weather and other low visibility conditions.

Discovering light behavior by accident

In an accidental breakthrough made while blowing soap bubbles, scientists at Israel’s Technion have demonstrated the branched flow of light. The phenomenon was discovered in 2001 but never before seen by the human eye. Besides being beautiful, it has practical medical implications.

Covid-19 immunity passports

Israeli startup Pangea has devised a biometric smart card to enable countries to reopen airports to tourists while protecting their population from Covid-19. Pangea’s immunity Pass Card would be issued by a country’s health ministry, include recent antibody test results and allow real-time updates.

The best cybersecurity course in the world

Tel Aviv University’s free online cybersecurity course has been ranked the top online cybersecurity course in the world by Class Central. “Unlocking Information Security” is used in 150 countries and came 6th of all 1,750 online computer courses - higher than Princeton and Stanford. (other free TAU courses)

What baby wants

Israel’s LittleOne Care has developed the first Artificially Intelligent device that interprets why a baby is crying. Hungry, tired or sick? Sensors in the wearable device interpret movement, noises, heartbeat and temperature to alert parents if necessary. 50 Israeli families are testing the device now.

Adding power to electric vehicle batteries

Israel’s CENS Materials develops nanotechnology designed to improve the performance of batteries for electric vehicles. CENS integrates carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into batteries to increase energy capacity and cut the charging time.

Storing energy in bromine

Researchers at Israel’s Technion Institute are partnering with Primus Power in the US to develop rechargeable bromine and zinc batteries to store renewable energy. Israel’s bromine is far cheaper than the lithium currently used to power portable devices such as phones and laptops.

World’s first smart air-con bus shelters

The pilot of Eilat’s new air-conditioned bus shelters has now been launched (see previous article ).  Costing NIS 160,000, it features automatic sliding doors, touchscreen, bus travel smartcard charging, bulletin board, 24x7 CCTV security and, of course, Air-con.

Fixing software bugs on the fly

Israel’s Lightrun has built software technology to improve companies’ development ecosystems. It allows programmers to analyze problems with live applications and fix them in real time, without having to redeploy a new version. Permanent changes can be made when the emergency is over.

Authorizing access to a diverse workforce

Israel’s Authomize makes it easier for companies to control who should be allowed to access the corporate network. Employees are spread out globally, requiring access to many cloud-based applications. Authomize automates authorization and gives visibility to scattered applications.