Israeli Innovation : Some Israeli inventions and discoveries

Drip irrigation in New Mexico vineyard, 2002

Drip irrigation in New Mexico vineyard, 2002 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Photograph by Jisl. Dripper in action, connect...

Photograph by Jisl. Dripper in action, connected to Polytube / Lateral, specially used in Drip / Micro Irrigation System for watering crop / plant. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Colours added to existing monochrome ...

English: Colours added to existing monochrome image File:Batch solar thermal collector.gif (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bananap plants with drip irrigation. Jalgaon D...

Bananap plants with drip irrigation. Jalgaon District is one of the largest Banana producers in the world. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Iron Dome CRAM launcher near the town...

English: Iron Dome CRAM launcher near the town of Sderot. עברית: משגר של מערכת כיפת ברזל ליד העיר שדרות Русский: ПУ системы ПРО “Железный Купол” рядом с городом Сдерот (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"Iron Dome" system intercepting 'Gra...

“Iron Dome” system intercepting ‘Grad’ rocket (January 2010 testings) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

USB flash drive, originally marketed as the Di...

USB flash drive, originally marketed as the DiskOnKey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Installations of solar hot water inst...

English: Installations of solar hot water installations worldwide. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Solar boiler on a rooftop in Israel.

English: Solar boiler on a rooftop in Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Israeli Innovation : Some Israeli inventions and discoveries

Rooftop solar hot-water system

Drip irrigation at an Israeli nursery

Iron Dome rocket interception system

Israeli inventions and discoveries are inventions and discoveries by Israeli scientists and researchers, both locally and while working at overseas research institutes.



Model of quasicrystals, discovered by Nobel prize winner Dan Shechtman of theTechnion


Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation


  • World’s smallest video camera – a camera with a 0.99 mm (0.039 in) diameter, designed to fit in a tiny endoscope designed by Medigus.[10]
  • Development of the “Pillcam” by Given Imaging, the first Capsule endoscopy solution to record images of the digestive tract. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera.[11]


Pillcam endoscopic capsule developed by Given Imaging



Theoretical computer science[edit]


    • Arrow anti-ballistic missile


Computer hardware[edit]

USB flash drive, originally marketed as the DiskOnKey

  • Quicktionary Electronic dictionary – a pen-sized scanner able to scan words or phrases and immediately translate them into other languages, or keep them in memory in order to transfer them to the PC. Developed by the Israeli company Wizcom Technologies Ltd.[53]
  • Laser Keyboard – virtual keyboard is projected onto a wall or table top and allows to type handheld computers and cell phones. Developed simultaneously by the Israeli company Lumio and Silicon Valley startup company Canesta.[54][55][56][57] The company subsequently licensed the technology to Celluon of Korea.[58]

Computer and mobile software[edit]

Waze, the most popular GPS application for mobile devices worldwide

  • GetTaxi, an application that connects between customers and taxi drivers using the its proprietary GPS system, enabling users to order a cab either with their smartphone or through the company’s website. It was founded by Israeli entrepreneurs Shahar Waiser and Roi More.[63]
  • Waze, a GPS-based geographical navigation application program for smartphones with GPS support and display screens, which provides turn-by-turn information and user-submitted travel times and route details, downloading location-dependent information over the mobile telephone network.[64] Waze Ltd., which was founded in 2008 in Israel by Uri Levine, software engineer Ehud Shabtai and Amir Shinar, and is now available in over 100 countries, was acquired byGoogle for a reported $1.1 billion.


Tomato tomato developed by Hishtil Nurseries of Israel

  • Drip irrigation using a non-clogging plastic emitter developed in Israel.[65] by Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu.[66]
  • A variant of the cherry tomato (Tomaccio), developed by Hishtil Nurseries of Israel.[67]
  • Hybrid cucumber seeds – In the 1950s, Prof. Esra Galun of the Weizmann Institute developed hybrid seed production of cucumbers and melons, disease-resistant cucumbers and cucumbers suitable for mechanical harvesting. Galun and his colleagues invented a technique for producing hybrid cucumber seeds without hand pollination.[68]
  • Grain cocoons – invented by international food technology consultant Professor Shlomo Navarro, the GrainPro Cocoons provide a simple and cheap way for African and Asian farmers to keep their grain market-fresh, as huge bags keep both water and air out, making sure the harvest is clean and protected even in extreme heat and humidity.[69]
  • Biological pest control – invented in Kibbutz Sde Eliyahu by a company called Bio-Bee, it breedsbeneficial insects and mites for biological pest control and bumblebees for natural pollination in greenhouses and open fields. The company’s top seller worldwide and especially in the U.S. is a two-millimeter-long, pear-shaped orange spider that is a highly efficient enemy of the spider mite, a devastating agricultural pest.[69]
  • AKOL – a Kibbutz-based company which gives low-income farmers the ability to get top-level information from professional sources.[69]
  • Reusable plastic trays – a Tal-Ya Water Technologies invention used to collect dew from the air, reducing the need to water crops by up to 50 percent.[69]
  • “Zero-discharge” system – an invention of the Israeli GFA company which allows fish to be raised virtually anywhere by eliminating the environmental problems in conventional fish farming, without being dependent on electricity or proximity to a body of water.[69]
  • TraitUP – a new technology that enables the introduction of genetic materials into seeds without modifying their DNA, immediately and efficiently improving plants before they’re even sowed. It was developed by Hebrew University agricultural scientists Ilan Sela and Haim D. Rabinowitch.[69]


  • Super iron battery – A new class of a rechargeable electric battery based on a special kind of iron. More environment friendly because the super-iron eventually rusts, it was developed by Stuart Licht.[70] of the University of Massachusetts.[71]
  • Energy tower – Purely theoretical alternative electricity generation and water desalination technology in low cost. The Energy towers spray water on hot air at the top of the tower, making the cooled air fall through the tower and drive a turbine at the tower’s bottom. The brainchild of the American physicist Phillip Carlson, it was expanded by Professor Dan Zaslavsky and Rami Guetta from theTechnion.[72][73]
  • A unique technology for producing hydrogen in vehicles as an alternative fuel source. It is produced by the Israeli company Engineuity and was invented by Amnon Yogev and Eli Gmaazaon.[74]
  • Improvement of previously existing flat plate solar water heaters – A home facility that converts solar energy to thermal energy. Following the energy crisis in the 1970s, The Israeli law requires the installation of solar water heaters in all new homes. It was developed by Zvi Tavor.[75]

Consumer goods and appliances[edit]

  • Epilator (originally “Epilady”) – an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. It was developed and originally manufactured at Kibbutz HaGoshrim.[76][77]
  • Wonder Pot – a pot developed for baking on the stovetop rather than in an oven.[78]
  • Micronized coating instant hot water pipes developed by A.C.T.[79]
  • Artificial gills – a theoretical special diving system not yet in production, currently being developed by the Israeli company Like-A-Fish Technologies, it produces oxygen from water, making oxygen tanks unnecessary.[80]



Physical exercise[edit]

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  2. Jump up^ The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011
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  24. Jump up^ Tiny Computing Machine Fueled By DNA; Device Awarded In Guinness World Record For “Smallest Biological Computing Device”
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  26. Jump up^ Lempel–Ziv–Welch
  27. Jump up^ RSA (algorithm)
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  32. Jump up^ ARROW Weapon System
  33. Jump up^ Arrow Media Gallery
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  47. Jump up^ Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd, Tavor Family
  48. Jump up^ Technion satellite set to blast off – The Jerusalem Post | HighBeam Research
  49. Jump up^ TECHNION FOCUS MAGAZINE – Space – Israel Conquers Space
  50. Jump up^ Israeli company develops radar system that sees through walls
  51. Jump up^ DiskOnKey – All-TIME 100 Gadgets – TIME
  52. Jump up^ USB flash drive#Creator controversy
  53. Jump up^ Wizcom Technologies Ltd (WZM.DE) Company Profile |
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  67. Jump up^ Tomato ‘Tomaccio’
  68. Jump up^ Weizmann Wonder Wander
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  70. Jump up^ rechargeable Fe(III/VI) super-iron cathodes
  71. Jump up^ Hydrogen fuel-cell cars developed by Israeli researchers
  72. Jump up^ Going electric with the ‘Energy Tower’ | environment
  73. Jump up^ Dan Zaslavsky’s Tower That Vacuums Up Greenhouse Gases | Green Prophet
  74. Jump up^ Israeli Company “Engineuity” Develops Car That Makes Its Own Fuel
  75. Jump up^ Interview with Zvi Tavor, Haaretz
  76. Jump up^ גאווה נשית: המצאות ישראליות שעושות לנו כבוד
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  79. Jump up^ 3 מדליות זהב הוענקו להמצאות ישראליות ביריד המצאות בקוריאה (26.12)
  80. Jump up^ BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Inventor develops ‘artificial gills’
  81. Jump up^ Rummikub® Rules – Rules To Rummy Games
  82. Jump up^ Rummikub: Old Memories
  83. Jump up^ Universal Press Syndicate: Creator Bio
  84. Jump up^ Gone Gaming: Meet Haim Shafir
  85. Jump up^ Taki – Israeli Uno English and Hebrew Instructions –
  86. Jump up^ Israeli Snacks: Bamba – Slashfood
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  88. Jump up^ Martinelli, Katherine (11 July 2011). “Limonana: Sparkling Summer”Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
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External links[edit]


Inventions and discoveries by nation or region
Lists of inventions or discoveries
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Lists of inventors or discoverers
Timelines of inventions or discoveries

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