Israel’s latest technology will be on display for Obama

( Several of Israel’s latest technological breakthroughs will be on display for President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit.

Researchers and graduates from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology will present President Obama with three of its latest projects—the Snake Robot, ReWalk, and a “waiter robot,” developed jointly by Technion professors and Israeli high school students.

A robotics competition in Israel. Credit: Levg/Wikimedia Commons.

The Snake Robot, which was developed by Technion professor Alon Wolf, is “designed to enter spaces in areas prone to earthquakes and the collapse of buildings and to assist in location and rescue activities by transmitting pictures and voices of trapped people,” according to Technion.

The famous ReWalk system will also be featured. It was developed by Technion graduate Dr. Amit Goffer, founder of Argo Medical Technologies. The system is “a powered external skeleton that enables paraplegics to walk and perform other daily functions (sitting, standing, and climbing/going down the stairs),” Technion said.

The ReWalk system gained international renown when in May 2012, a paralyzed British woman, Claire Lomas, successfully completed a marathon using the bionic assistance suit. Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who is completely paralyzed as a result of the neurodegenerative disease ALS, declared ReWalk to be “one of the five most important machines for humanity.”

Also on display will be a “waiter robot,” developed jointly by Technion researchers and Israeli high school students who won an international robotics contest in the U.S. last year. The robot is designed to assist handicapped people in their homes.

Posted on March 17, 2013 .