Israel Tech Makes Time’s Top 100 Inventions of 2021 List

Time MagazineThe annual list of the 100 best inventions of the year, released this week, includes a number of technologies developed by Israel.

Percept, based in Modi’in, was included in the Artificial Intelligence category for its software that enables drones and robots to automate inspections, emergency response and security. The company’s solution enables critical infrastructure and industrial facilities to monitor sites remotely and without a human operator to avoid serious failures, respond quickly to disasters, and enable business continuity. The company also makes Sparrow, the most widely deployed boxed drone solution on the market.

“It is a true honor to receive this award from Weather, a great and respected media brand for almost a hundred years, ”said Perbeto CEO Dor Abuhasira. “Percept created a new paradigm for the inspection of industrial facilities by integrating artificial intelligence and autonomous robot management with advanced visual data analytics. Being on this list is a testament to this achievement, and we thank the editors and staff at Weather for this recognition “.

In the transportation category, ElectReon was selected for its system to wirelessly charge electric vehicles using electric fields generated by coils under paved roads. This reduces the size of the batteries required in vehicles, reducing their weight and cost, and allowing an almost unlimited driving range, as it eliminates the need for infrastructure for charging stations and gas stations.

The company is currently working on several pre-commercial projects in Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Israel, and intends to expand into North American markets soon.

RE-ENERGIZING AN electric car in a mobile charging station. (credit: DAVID W. CERNY / REUTERS)

“It is a great honor to be included in Weather magazine’s prestigious list of inventions, “said CEO Oren Ezer.” We’re working to spread wireless charging technology and electric roads, making them more central to fleet operators and public transportation over time, and even private vehicles. This announcement and the increased awareness on the issue of reducing emissions illustrate the great potential of the technology. “

In the accessibility category, Orcam’s Read uses computer vision and artificial intelligence to read any text aloud, helping tens of millions of people struggling with comprehension difficulties, poor vision, dyslexia or other problems. Priced at $ 1,990, the device can read text in multiple languages ​​and respond to voice commands. Orcam, which develops multiple products for the visually impaired, was founded by Amnon Shashua and Ziv Aviram, who also founded autonomous driving technology giant Mobileye.

Finally, under sustainability, Afula-based SupPlant was included for its sensorless solution to collect and analyze climate, plant and irrigation data to guide farmers with low-cost irrigation recommendations, weather forecast and stress alerts in crops, as well as artificial intelligence. Agronomic guidance for small farmers to be more resilient to climate change. The company intends to serve at least two million small farmers in Africa and India by 2022, the company said. Last month, it gave 500,000 corn farmers, mostly women living in Bungoma and Busia, access to technology that will help them avoid crop failure.

WeatherThe annual list highlights inventions “that are making the world better, smarter and a little more fun,” with products nominated by their editors and writers, and through an online application process.

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