In a proud moment for Israel, a number of Israeli-developed technologies have been featured in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 best inventions of the year.
Among those listed was Percepto, which is based in Modi’in. The company was listed in the Artificial Intelligence category for its software that enables drones and robots to automate inspections, emergency response, and security.
The company’s solution allows critical infrastructure and industrial facilities to monitor sites remotely and without a human operator to prevent serious failures, respond quickly to disasters, and enable business continuity. The company also makes Sparrow, the most deployed drone-in-a-box solution on the market.
Another company ElectReon was selected for its system to charge electric vehicles wirelessly using electrical fields generated by coils under the asphalt roads. This reduces the size of batteries required in vehicles, reducing their weight and cost, and enabling an almost unlimited driving range as it obviates the need for infrastructure for charging stations and gas stations. The company is currently working on various pre-commercial projects in Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Israel, and intends to expand to North American markets soon.
OrCam’s Read was the third Israeli company in the accessibility category, that uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to read any piece of text aloud, helping tens of millions of people who struggle with comprehension difficulties, poor vision, dyslexia, or other issues.
Lastly, under the sustainability category, Afula-based SupPlant was included for its sensor-less solution to collect and analyze climatic, plant, and irrigation data to guide farmers with low-cost irrigation recommendations, weather forecast and crop stress alerts, as well as AI-enabled agronomic guidance, to make smallholders more resilient to climate change.