CES 2015: The Best Of Israeli Tech
Whether it is the winning Zuta robotic pocket printer, or the 30-second phone charger from StoreDot, the Israeli companies showcasing this week at CES 2015 are wowing the crowds with their cool products and gadgets.
For the first time in the show’s 40-year history, Israel has brought an official delegation to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week. Drawing in 160,000 attendees globally, CES is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow.
The International CES has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies, considered the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. This much hyped conference is produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry.
Israel has roughly 500 consumer electronics and digital media companies whose offerings span a range of innovative solutions. They are active in the mobile device industry, smart home and smart TV, video and gaming, wearables, automotive, Internet of Things (IoT) field, and many other arenas.
Proving Israelis are on everyone’s lips at the conference, Zuta Labs, the Israeli developer of the smallest mobile printer in the world, has just been announced as the winner of the ‘Best of Innovation Award’ in the computer accessories category.
Take a look at some of the coolest Israeli products and gadgets at the conference:
MUV Interactive‘s Bird transforms any surface into a touchscreen through its wearable fingertip sensor, which uses light projection on a range of surfaces. The interactive display of smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc., can be brought to life simply by connecting these devices to a projector, turning anything from a table to a blank wall into an active touchscreen.
Thought your printer would never fit in your pocket? Think again. ZUtA‘s pocket printer is a teardrop-shaped robot printer that can be placed on any page and scurries back-and-forth, printing as it goes along. Instead of having the paper feed through the printer in order to print, the small robot runs on the paper and prints while doing so.
The printer, designed by Israeli firm Nekuda, works on Bluetooth and wireless networks, which means it can interact with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The company claims it’s the first mobile printer – the smallest printer in the world that can print on any size of paper, anywhere you are. That’s probably why Zuta Labs won the Best of Innovation Award in the computer accessories category at this year’s CES.
Charging your smartphone shouldn’t take a whole hour. StoreDot‘s FlashBattery is a Smartphone battery that charges in 30 seconds. The product frees millions of people from worrying about not having enough battery life. This device’s colorful display is also eco-friendly, compared with technologies that use toxic and polluting substances, such as cadmium selenide.
Another Israeli charging gizmo is that of Humavox. With the growing number of devices, charging has become a daily hassle. Now, Humavox provides a simple charging solution called ETERNA. Its wireless charging solution is elastic enough so it can take on many shapes and forms, while fitting into endless types of devices and products. Humavox’s charging station, designed by another Israeli company named Nekuda, looks like an elegant vase – no cords whatsoever.
As more and more cities limit the movement of cars within their boundaries, more and more urbanites are switching to alternative means of transport. Green Ride’s INU, a portable electric vehicle, may be the solution for them. INU is lightweight, portable and folds on command, plus, you can actually give it a voice command or a hand gesture and it’ll fold. You can even take this eco-friendly bike on your train ride to the office.
Sensibo’s system turns every ‘dumb’ air conditioner into a smart air conditioner. It works with every air conditioner that can be remote controlled and makes it smarter and more efficient. Sensibo’s pod is attached to your AC unit, which can then be controlled by your smartphone – or a number of additional devices. Sensibo can also cut your electricity bill because it senses whether or not you’re home.
Traditional noise reduction methods use foams and barriers. But they suffer from a major drawback: when implemented as sealing material, they block the airflow. Silentium’s Active Noise Control solution, on the other hand, allows for airflow. The company’s Quiet Bubble is a spatial noise reduction solution that provides a personal quiet zone around the user’s head. The technology allows significant noise reduction in a specific area around a person’s head, so that noise can be reduced without the use of headphones. In addition, unwanted sounds such as known audio and video signals can be reduced, thus creating an individual audio zone. The system can be integrated within the headrest on a pillow.
HumanEyes is a panoramic video camera, which can record 3D movies of 360 degrees by means of several video cameras, whose output is combined into one video. The system comprises a small, portable video recorder with independent power source for recording simultaneous, synchronized video streams from multiple, integral camera sensors.
The video data are recorded on a small memory device, from which the data is subsequently transferred to a personal computer, on which the data is processed in order to generate a 3D, stereophonic video file. The generated file is intended for viewing by a helmet with an integral HD screen that senses the viewer’s movements and adjusts the viewed area accordingly, thereby recreating the experience of a person viewing the original scene.
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