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Israel Making Great Steps In Terms of Innovation

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June 30, 2014
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ReWalk, the Israeli-built exoskeleton system that enables paraplegics to walk, was recently given the stamp of approval for house-hold use by the FDA.

The system functions on motion sensors and computers, which control the natural movements of the body. Think of ReWalk as a car. The exoskeleton acts as the engine. To put the car into drive/ trigger the body’s movement, a forward tilt of the upper body is required. Once the wheels/ legs begin moving, the system gains momentum and continues to walk. Some individuals might even suggest that paraplegics can run marathons with this system.

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Canada and Israel in Business over Pot

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June 30, 2014
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It’s all kumbaya between the Canadians and Israelis as they work together on growing some of the world’s finest medicinal marijuana. After all of Israel’s technological innovations, the growing of superb marijuana is a fine accomplishment to add on their resume.

Imagine being part of the research team on this one!

According to the Times of Israel, Canadian medicinal marijuana plant MedReleaf and Israeli company Tikun Olam are collaborating on two dozen cannabis related studies in Israel. The studies were proposed to create a drug (induced with marijuana) that will aid in increasing elderly individuals’ mobility, and overall, independence.

MedReleaf and Tikun Olam

 

MedReleaf’s CEO Closner explains,

“What really got me interested in accepting this new challenge with MedReleaf was when I realized the economic impact it could have. As the baby-boomers in North America, and around the world, continue to age, I realized that we simply don’t have the caregivers to take care of each and every one, especially those who require around-the-clock-care. And, even if we did, the cost would be enormous.”

MedReleaf and Tikun Olam

Closner’s answer to all of this: marijanua…. and Israelis. With the help of Tikun Olam, MedReleaf is able to further their studies and gain great scientific advantage:

“Combining the strengths of these two great nations, we’ve created value which will provide tremendous benefits to doctors, researchers, and most important of all, patients”.

For more information click here: timesofisrael.com

A New World of Storytelling: Interlude

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June 26, 2014
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Israeli musician and self-proclaimed nerd, Yoni Bloch, has created the interactive website, Interlude, to act as a creative outlet for expressive individuals.

Yoni was thinking beyond the phrase, “pictures are worth a thousand words” when he emphasized the power of video. In this modern day digital world, video is the key to communication… especially if you are a visual learner. Interlude is built to tell one’s story through an easy- to- use and interactive website. Yoni and his team, give expressive individuals the tools to tell their own stories, the way they want to, in a video format. How cool is that?!

 

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Click here to learn more: Interlude 

 

 

The Man Behind Grindr

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June 26, 2014
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When describing Grindr, individuals would characterize it as the gay version of Tinder.

Don’t know what Tinder is? Not to worry. Tinder is the modern- age dating app that connects with singles in and around an individual’s area. All you have to do is enter your information, dating preferences, and boom, you have yourself  a pool of men or women (which ever you prefer) to choose from!

Joel SImkhai

Grindr is similar to Tinder in its process, however, is geared specifically towards gay men. The man behind this successful app is Joel Simkhai. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Joel created the app on the thought that he was answering a certain need. Many individuals view Grindr as a sexual app that exploits gay men and encourages anonymous sex. Although Joel asks individuals not to view the app as a sex driven machine, its hard to deny that individuals are using it as so. According to Haaretz, Grindr is like the “McDonaldization of hook-ups”: addicting, satisfying, but probably not the best for you.

That doesn’t stop anybody! With over a million downloads and a lot of media attention, Joel Simkhai’s app is a huge success, and not to mention, a gay man’s dream.

 

 

 

A Transit Revolution

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June 24, 2014
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If you are anything like me, sweaty and claustrophobic public transit might not be your preferred way of getting around, but what if I told you that there was an easier, faster, and cleaner way of transportation?

Recently, tech company SkyTran has made plans to build a network of hover cars in Tel Aviv. You heard right! All it takes is a click of a button on your smartphone, and you have got yourself a hover car.

 

SkyTran

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SkyTran is a tech company based in California that is working towards revolutionizing transit. The company is said to begin their plans for hover cars in countries, like: Israel, India, and the United States. Joe Dignan, an independent smart city expert, said the system resembles “a hybrid between existing infrastructure and autonomous vehicles”. He then continues on in saying: “It will get the market in the mood for autonomous vehicles – it is not too scary, is cheaper than building out a train line and uses part of the urban landscape, 20 feet above ground, that isn’t currently used.”

Fast, efficient, clean, and spatial. If this is what the future is like, I am totally okay with that.

 

Yo, it’s that simple

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June 23, 2014
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YoApp

Whether you’re messaging a friend good morning, parents for money, love interest to come over, or significant other I love you… say it with Yo.

So what exactly is this urban dictionary- coined term? Who knows, and who cares! All that really matters is that the yo movement has changed the face of technology, more like it is the face of technology. Recently, Israeli developers have created an app that requires zero navigation, and is one click away from getting that hot girl next door or cool guy in your friend group to notice you. Those witty developers like to call this app Yo.

Currently, Yo is the number one iPhone app in Israel and is on the rise elsewhere (in fact the app has had up to $1 million in investment, so far).

Some Israelis can now proudly say they lost their English speaking virginity to the word yo. Mazel tov!

However, not everyone is enthusiastic about this yo movement. Besides the app’s simpleminded façade, individuals have claimed that it can also be a breach of privacy, since others have been known to uncover people’s usernames and phone numbers (Yo, stranger).

So what can we take away from this app? Endless possibilities. For instance, a cool pick-up line that says “I am not trying too hard,” gents!

Read more about all the hype around Yo on Bloomberg.com.