At the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Forum which I attended recently in Jerusalem presentations were made by various experts on the latest innovations and developments taking place in Israel… writes Michael Kuttner.
Not a day goes by when good news of this sort is reported on by the Israeli media. Here is a small selection:
DEFINITELY NOT HOT AI
An Israeli machine that can pull water out of the air was sent to northern California to provide clean drinking water for police and firefighters battling fires which had been ravishing the area.
The atmospheric water generator can produce up to 156 gallons of water per day and is transportable. It is carried by an emergency response vehicle, which is equipped with a generator and charging stations.
ONE OF THE BEST INVENTIONS OF 2018
An Israeli product was recognized in the latest issue of TIME magazine as one of the best inventions of the year.
Included in TIME magazine’s list, titled “Best Inventions 2018, is the Nanobébé, which the magazine described as a “better baby bottle.”
With more surface area than a traditional bottle, it allows milk to heat and cool twice as fast, which preserves critical nutrients. Its domelike shape resembles an actual breast, which can comfort bottle — resistant babies. It’s also topple-proof, thanks to a thin silicone edge and low center of gravity. It is hoped that this innovative baby bottle will help parents and babies alike.
YESHIVA BOYS ALSO INNOVATE
A team of 16- and 17-year-olds at a yeshiva high school in the outskirts of Jerusalem has set up a startup company to develop a wrist band that aims to help keep beach-goers safe from drowning.
The idea is to create a wrist band that will be given out for free at beaches, which swimmers will be able to wear before they go into the water. Through a computer, the life guards will then be able to track those who are in the water, getting alerts if someone is swimming out too far or if showing signs of distress, such as labored breathing, that could indicate a person is drowning.
It will allow lifeguards to understand what is going on, even if they cannot see the person.
The product is still at the concept stage. They are looking for an investor to help bring the idea to fruition.
Meanwhile, they have started work on an additional, more short-term and what they say is a more feasible project: a magnetic ring that, with the aid of a metal plate attached to the back of a mobile phone, will help people hold their phones without needing to grip it all the time.
A SANCTUARY FOR WOUNDED ANIMALS
Just imagine turning your home into a safe haven and hospital for wounded wild animals. It sounds unlikely but that is exactly what one dedicated Israeli has done:
Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel.
[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]