All pet Syrian hamsters are descendants of a family brought to Jerusalem 86 years ago by Israel's first Hebrew zoologist.
Guess Who? (Hasbro), Play-On-WordZ (Hasbro), Number Rumba (Mattel), Quips (Ravensburger), One Too Many (Waddington’s) and Last Mouse Lost (Foxmind) are among more than 155 different concepts thought up by Tel Aviv-based game designers Theora Design.
Israel's most beloved chocolate pudding -- Milky -- is the most successful dairy product in the local market since its debut in 1979. The pudding has a secret whipped cream topping and only five people are said to know the recipe.
Good Deeds Day was started by Israeli businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison. Since its launch in 2007, Good Deeds Day is marked in over 50 countries including the US, Mexico, Panama, Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Hungary, Ukraine, South Africa and Singapore.
Trucks will be a lot safer and greener thanks to an Israeli company, Neomatix, which has developed a device to check tire pressure remotely, when trucks park for the night. Improperly inflated tires waste energy, wear down tire treads, and are a safety hazard.
Israel has designed the first flight system to protect passenger and freighter aircraft against missile attack.
Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation by a large margin – 109 per 10,000 people – as well as one of the highest percapita rates of patents filed.
In proportion to its population, Israel has the largest number of startup companies in the world. In absolute terms, Israel has the largest number of startup companies than any other country in the world, except the US (3,500 companies mostly in hi-tech).
Israel is ranked #2 in the world for venture capital funds right behind the US.
According to industry officials, Israel designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look to Israel for advice on how to handle airborne security threats.
Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per capita.
Israel leads the world in the number of scientists and technicians in the workforce, with 145 per 10,000, as opposed to 85 in the U.S., over 70 in Japan, and less than 60 in Germany. With over 25% of its work force employed in technical professions. Israel places first in this category as well.
The first PC anti-virus software was developed in Israel in 1979.
AirTrain JFK –; the 8.1-mile light rail labrynthe that connects JFK Airport to New York City’s mass transit – is protected by the Israeli-developed Nextiva surveillance system.
An Israeli company M-Systems was the first to patent and introduce the disk on key.
A team of Israeli and US researchers has designed a watermelon-picking robot endowed with artificial vision to do the job of harvesting.
A small Israel company called Lenslet has developed a revolutionary electro-optic processor which operates one thousand times faster than any known Digital Signal Processor.
An Israeli-developed alogrithm enabled NASA to transmit images from Mars.
Israel hosts IBM’s largest R&D facilities outside the United States.
Israeli researchers have developed an engineless, nano-RPV (remote piloted vehicle).
The U.S. Marines in Iraq are using an Israel-developed hand-held computer for communication purposes.
Israel engineers are behind the development of the largest communications router in the world, launched by Cisco.
Israeli air force pilot technology is being used to train American college basketball and hockey players.
Millions of American youngsters will soon be able to surf safely in Internet chat rooms thanks to Israeli technology.
A new Israeli iPhone and iPad app called GroupShot flawlessly cobbles together the best images from a variety of group shots where somebody’s blinking, yawning or clowning.
A winning proposal by Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology and Cornell University will form the basis of the future NYTechinstitute in the Big Apple.
An Israeli smartphone app already in use worldwide enables drivers to avoid jams, and navigate their way through crowded city streets, using data from their phone’s GPS.
The new American state-of-the-art F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft will be equipped with Israeli-developed mounted display systems in their helmets which incorporate and display all vital flight data.
Israeli mini-unmanned aerial vehicles are being used by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Intel has sold more than $5 billion worth of the Israeli-developed Centrino chipsets since they were introduced in March 2003.
An Israeli company has developed the world’s first video ringtones for cell phones – the Vringo.
Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology was pioneered in Israel.
Bill Gates called Israel a major player in the high tech world.
Intel’s new multi-core processor was completely developed at its facilities in Israel.
Motorola has its largest R&D center outside of the US in Israel.
Most of the Windows NT operating system was developed by Microsoft-Israel.
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed in Israel at Intel.
Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R&D facilities outside the US in Israel.
The technology for AOL Instant Messenger was developed in 1996 by four young Israelis.
With more than 3,000 high-tech companies and start-ups, Israel has the highest concentration of high-tech companies in the world (apart from the Silicon Valley).
Prof. Robert Aumann is the fourth Israeli in the last four years to win a Nobel prize.
Israeli technology is behind the successful testing of in-flight cell phone use.
New Yorkers are finding parking in their city a great deal easier with a new Israeli app called Pango that lets users locate, book and pay for parking spots via their smartphone. Other US cities in Arizona and Pennsylvania are also using the system.
Israeli company Project RAY has developed the world’s first smartphone for people with visual disabilities, opening up the benefits of digital access to a population excluded up to now. Already in use in Israel, the smartphone is now launching in the US.
Life is about to get a lot quieter thanks to an Israeli company, Silentium, that has developed an award-winning noise cancelling technology that can be applied to almost everything – from home appliances to airplane seats.