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Israelis Develop World’s First Molecular Sensor That Can Scan Almost Anything

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

More than twenty years ago when Damian Goldring and Dror Sharon first became friends, they never imagined that they would help produce a technological breakthrough that looks as though it will dramatically impact the year of 2016.

The pair, who studied together at the Technion in Haifa, developed SCiO, the world’s first molecular sensor that scans the chemical makeup of materials and sends the information directly to a smartphone.

Powered by Consumer Physics, SciO, enables any person to ascertain the molecular and chemical design of almost any physical object or material including food, medicine, and more. By simply pointing the device at any given object, users will receive information ranging from the molecular design of living room furniture to the facts about our nutritional intake.

For example, during grocery shopping, SCiO can be used to detect the amount of sugar in a piece of fruit or check to see if an avocado is ripe or not. It can verify the level of fat content in cheese and exactly how many calories are consumed during dinner.

Goldring, the co-founder of the company, said in an interview with TPS that he and Sharon were inspired to develop this revolutionary device by the necessity to learn more about the physical world.

“We started the company almost five years ago because we knew that people wanted to know more about their lives, like their health and food. We really don’t know much about what we eat so we came up with spectrocity technology that analyses materials using optics. Google doesn’t do the job because it is too generic and is not applicable to the actual object in front of you,” Goldring said.

While such technology has in fact been available for a few years, Goldring told TPS that its mass use had been hindered by its high costs, large machinery requirements and its consequences restrictions to laboratories.

The company, based in Hod Hasharon, developed its first and second prototype at the end of 2013 and 2014 respectively after bagging an impressive $3 million from over 13,000 backers during a successful kick-start campaign.

Since April 2015, thousands of such devices have been delivered to developers and backers in over 120 countries. However, according to Goldring, regular consumers can expect in the early months of 2016 to be able to download an application onto their smartphones. “This way it is not just developers, researchers and companies who can check things. Regular people will be able to check food and medicine and simply explore the world before their eyes.”

He further elaborated on why utilizing the application will require owning the device itself. “The device will communicate with the phone and the phone will communicate with our service center which has all the information technology. That information will then be translated back to the user,” he told TPS.

Goldring, who moved to Israel from Argentina as a young boy, holds a PhD from Tel Aviv University and specializes in electro-optics while Sharon, a graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, manages the business aspect of the company. Together, they have assembled a diverse professional staff consisting of 65 science and management experts set on improving the quality of everyday life for people.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Visiting Dutch Dignitaries Squabble over Israel’s Role in Gaza, PA

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Sunday visit started out fine, with a visit to Yad Vashem (with yarmulke), but then was spoiled by a major disagreement between the Dutch and Israeli premiers over a new security scanner that was to be installed with great fanfare on the Gaza border.

Rutte expected to inaugurate the scanner at the Kerem Shalom crossing, on the border with the Gaza Strip, but that’s probably not going to happen.

“Installation of the Dutch scanner, which would have been used to verify the contents of containers from Gaza destined for export, was postponed after the Netherlands made unexpected demands,” an Israeli official told AFP.

“Technically, there is no problem about the scanner at the Kerem Shalom crossing, through which goods originating in Gaza pass,” the official said, explaining: “The Dutch suddenly imposed political conditions, notably on the percentage of merchandise destined for the West Bank or abroad. These are political issues that need to be resolved at the highest level, which will delay the start-up of the scanner.”

In a lengthy, face to face conversation, Prime Minister Netanyahu told his Dutch counterpart that, as much as he would like there to be normal relations between the PA and Gaza, with goods traveling in both directions, the Arabs “sometimes use this to negative ends.”

Netanyahu gave the example of how the Hamas used too tons of cement which Israel permitted through its border with Gaza, to dig a terror tunnel into Israel, for the purpose of kidnapping Israeli civilians, to be used later in exchange with terrorist killers held in Israeli jails.

Netanyahu conceded that security considerations should not come at the expense of the civilian population in Gaza, but on occasion there’s no avoiding it.

According to Ha’aretz, the past two weeks have been marked by hectic disputes between the Netherlands and Israel over the use of the scanner the Dutch donated for use in the Gaza border crossing. Israeli security officials told the Dutch they wanted a separation between Gaza and the PA, and so the scanner must be used chiefly for goods being exported abroad, and not going to the PA.

The Dutch were making the case that the scanner was fool proof and should offer the guarantee Israel needed to accept shipments from Gaza to the PA. But the Israeli defense ministry stuck to its guns.

Prime Minister Rutte met with Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations Monday morning, and expressed his disappointment of the Israeli stubbornness.

“I don’t understand this decision,” he said. “The scanner was donated by Holland and positioned at Kerem Shalom precisely because of the Israeli security concerns.”

There was also a diplomatic spat Sunday concerning Judea and Samaria, where Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, who is traveling with Rutte, cancelled a planned event rather than accept an Israeli military escort, a Dutch foreign ministry official said.

Timmermans had planned to visit Palestinians in Hebron.

“It was the minister himself who decided to cancel that part of the visit,” Ahmed Dadou, a spokesman for Timmermans, told AFP in The Hague.

“It’s normal to be accompanied by the Israeli military in the part occupied by settlers but it’s not usual in the Palestinian part,” he said.

“Other foreign ministers have previously visited the city unaccompanied by Israeli soldiers in the Palestinian sector and Mr. Timmermans did not want to accept this new condition in order not to set a precedent.”

Netanyahu said that he had not been aware of the planned visit.

“These are not political directives,” he said, according to a statement by his office. “I do not know how we guard foreign dignitaries on visits. We have security details that do what is necessary. Minister Timmermans is a welcome guest.”

Timmermans instead visited a Palestinian dairy in another part of Hebron.

Finally an area of life a Dutchman fully comprehends.

Yori Yanover

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