Oh, Israel, land of milk, honey and innovation! Since day one, Israel has been a nest of ideas, improvements, technologies, and innovation for the entire world. From developing micro-chips to creating unique drip irrigation technology which allowed us to make the desert literally bloom, Israel has created millions of different technological developments and ideas that are now helping several countries and many people around the world live better.
In other words, we appear to really deserve the name of “Start-Up Nation”. Don’t we?
But we don’t want to talk about Waze’s spectacular success, or about the phenomenal technology Intel is developing in their Israeli offices. We are not going to speak either about Wix’s amazing solution to creating websites or about the admirable and amazing idea eTeacher’s founder’s had of creating virtual schools for Hebrew, English, Biblical Hebrew and Programming. No, that won’t be the subject today.
In this article, we are going to speak about the craziest and most unique Israeli Start-Ups
Today, we want to introduce you to 4 ideas that are changing the world in a different and very specific way. Are you ready for your jaw to drop and to see new ideas you weren’t even aware existed in the Start-Up Nation? Get ready…
Upright: Sit up straight!
We all had teachers, grandparents, or even parents who yelled at us to sit up straight when our back was in a weird position. And the ones who didn’t listen, are now suffering the consequences of non-stop back pain. If you’re not there yet, just wait until after your 35th birthday… back pain comes with it, you won’t be able to avoid it.
Upright is a tiny wearable device you put on your back and connect to your smartphone. The device detects when you are starting to bend and sends you a friendly signal to remind you to sit up straight. And yes, the sign will be much friendlier than the voice of your Yiddish mamma yelling for the 40th time.
SCIO: Discovering the molecules of the world around you!
Did you ever imagine you were going to be able to know the exact molecular composition of anything by just clicking the button of a tiny, tiny device? Yes, with SCiO you could even know your fat percentage without wearing anything, and only by scanning your skin with a light from this small and extremely smart device.
As they say themselves, they allow people to discover in depth the world around us and they enable businesses to do an instant material analysis.
With this pocket-size molecular sensor, you can know what anything is, and the quality and state of that specific item. What the quality or maturation state of a tomato is, if a specific medicine can still be taken, and a number of other options. Exploring the world has never been so easy.
VIA: Transforming the way we evaluate our students
VIA’s founder has been a teacher for over 30 years. This experience allowed him to understand that the evaluation processes we currently apply in the scholastic system are simply not working anymore. VIA believes that an evaluation of the students should be done throughout the learning process and not at the end of it, allowing the teacher and the school to solve issues at the right moment and not when is too late.
Yes! This teacher, Oded Reichsfeld, is telling the world that classes should not have the same format they used to have 100 years ago and created a technological solution for teachers to have better interaction with the students, because according to him (and well to Vygotsky too), learning is a process of social interaction!
This tool is so easy to use that it doesn’t take any extra time from teachers to evaluate during the process, everything sits on the cloud, in a web-based format. VIA offers both students and teachers a better way to interact and evaluate. All of this is with the one same goal in mind: making this world a better and fairer place.
Moovit: If my bus isn’t coming, I might take a carpool!
Moovit is one of the most used apps in Israel. When you don’t know which bus to take, or when you just want to check what time the next bus is coming to a specific bus stop, you just need to turn on this app and let yourself be informed!
Even more than that, in order to reduce the number of cars in the extremely busy and noisy streets of Israel (yes, Israel. Every city in this lovely country is noisy!), Moovit offers its users the possibility of sharing rides.
You can either wait for your bus or see at which time someone is leaving a place near you, going to an area very near your destination. Taking this second option, and understanding how small Israel is, you might end up taking a ride with someone who knows your neighbor, or who is married to a 2nd cousin, but regardless of the potential family connection you might have with your driver, we assure you one thing: he or she is going to ask you how much rent you pay. Do you remember when we talked about Israeli chutzpá?
These innovations are changing the world, and we’re sure you could meet some of these founders in your next visit to Israel, at the end of the day, we all live in a small country… but wait, you don’t want them to realize your Hebrew is a bit broken. Why don’t you take an online Hebrew course to prepare yourself for this, and other, potential meetings? Eh? Does it sound like a good idea? Don’t be stressed, haKol yihie beSeder!