2015 was a stellar year for Israeli innovation. Over the past year, the Israeli startup ecosystem has made global headlines with a host of new cutting-edge technologies that include breakthrough medical devices, FinTech solutions, cyber-security systems, Internet of Things (IoT) gizmos, and a long list of cool gadgets and apps that have gained immense popularity around the world during 2015.
Furthermore, 62 Israeli startup companies were sold for a whopping $7.2 billion in 2015, compared to 52 companies for $5 billion in 2014, according to a report released today by accounting firm PwC. In addition to acquiring Israeli high-tech companies, corporations and investment firms from all over the world are pouring more cash than ever on budding Israeli startups: In the first three quarters of 2015, 506 Israeli startups collectively raised a record $3.2 billion, compared to $2.3 billion at this time last year, according to IVC Research Center. The annual report is due to come out next month, and observers estimate that 2015 could break another record, surpassing 2014.
As 2015 is coming to a close, it is evident that the spirit of innovation in Israel continues to justify its title “Startup Nation.” NoCamels has sifted through dozens of startups that made waves over the past year in order to make our picks for 2015; it wasn’t an easy task, to say the list. So, without further ado, meet the coolest Israeli startups and innovations that made 2015 unforgettable:
Dojo: Protecting a host of devices from cyber-attacks
Israeli startup Dojo Labs has developed a slick, stone-like device, which monitors all data sent by anything connected to the Internet – smart TVs, smartphones, smart tablets, and even smart kitchen appliances – to determine whether they’re secure.
Irregular activity on these devices could signal that a hacker has taken control of a device and might be able to steal sensitive data. Dojo then issues an alert, which shows up on the Dojo mobile app, allowing users to remotely turn off a device or block its communications.
Dojo, the latest in a string of Israeli innovative cyber-security devices, will cost $99, including a year of monitoring service, and is set to be released next year.
SniffPhone: Detecting deadly diseases on the breath
Last summer, Prof. Hossam Haick of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology introduced a device that can sense disease on the breath, much like a breathalyzer test. What he calls the SniffPhone uses nanotechnology sensors to analyze the particles on the breath and is able to pinpoint exact diseases, including certain kinds of cancer.
ZUtA Labs: The world’s smallest printer
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.
SkySaver: Life-saving technology
In 2015, Israeli startup SkySaver released a brand new emergency backpack that’s designed to help residents escape from high-rises when fire breaks out. This lifesaving kit comes equipped with a cable cord that, in case of an emergency, is attached to a pre-installed anchor located near a window.
Singlecue: Controlling your devices with hand gestures
Singlecue is a home-automation device designed by Israel-based EyeSight Technologies. This gizmo sits right above your television set and claims to give users complete, gesture-powered control of nearly any device. Basically, you can teach it to recognize almost anything with an infrared, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth sensor.
Source: No Camels