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Israeli Students Develop App to Help the Blind Cross the Street

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The Israelis invest in technology, innovation, and education. The Palestinian Authority and Hamas invest in jihad, Jew-hatred, and violence. The Left demands that you boycott the former. The greatest weapon against the neo-Nazi BDS Movement is Israeli technology and innovation.

Israeli Students Develop App to Help the Blind Cross the Street

By Technion, September 8th, 2019:

The app was developed by two students from the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Roni Ash and Dolev Ofri, students from the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, have developed an innovative application expected to significantly assist the visually impaired and the blind. The app was presented at the 2018 ICSEE International Conference in Eilat, Israel, and won the Thomas Schwartz Outstanding Project Award.

The app allows visually impaired pedestrians to safely cross the street at a traffic light. It recognizes the pedestrian traffic light and notifies the user of its color. The user is only required to point the phone camera in the desired general direction – it does not need to be accurate – and the app notifies him or her if it is possible to cross. The need for the development of such assistive technology is particularly great when it comes to a crosswalk where there is no audio indication for the blind.

The app’s high credibility is based on deep learning, training an artificial neural network that learns to identify the traffic light color based on a large set of traffic light examples. The dataset used for training the system was built by the students who developed the app as an undergraduate final project in the Signal and Image Processing Laboratory (SIPL) of the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering, headed by Professor David Malah and Laboratory Engineer Nimrod Peleg. They performed the project under the guidance of Laboratory Engineer Yair Moshe and also received help from student Ayelet Cohen. The project is a collaboration of the lab with the social hub at the Technion.

To increase awareness of using the app and demonstrate its use, its creators are shooting these days a short humorous video. The video will be directed by filmmaker Elad Kidan, an Ophir Award winner, who heard about the app and volunteered for the task.

Safe Crossing of the Street for the Visually Impaired

Roni Ash and Dolev Ofri, students from the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, have developed an innovative application expected to significantly assist the visually impaired and the blind. The app was presented at the 2018 ICSEE International Conference in Eilat, Israel, and won the Thomas Schwartz Outstanding Project Award.Read more: https://www.technion.ac.il/en/2019/08/app-to-the-blind-cross-the-street/

Posted by ‎Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. הטכניון‎ on Friday, August 9, 2019

Roni Ash and Dolev Ofri, students from the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, have developed an innovative application expected to significantly assist the visually impaired and the blind. The app was presented at the 2018 ICSEE International Conference in Eilat, Israel, and won the Thomas Schwartz Outstanding Project Award.

 

Israeli-made innovative cancer treatment gets FDA stamp of approval

Related: ISRAEL’S MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS ARE IMPROVING THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. 

ISRAELI-MADE INNOVATIVE CANCER TREATMENT GETS FDA STAMP OF APPROVAL

During pivotal trials that led to the drug’s approval, approximately 40% of patients saw their tumors shrink in size.

By Jerusalem Post, September 5, 2019:

The world’s first drug to prevent proliferation of cancerous cells, established by Israeli scientist Dr. Sharon Shacham, just received FDA approval, kicking off Leukemia Awareness Month.

XPOVIO was developed by Karyopharm Therapeutics, a Newton, Massachusetts company established by Israel’s Dr. Sharon Shacham.

“We believe that our activity at Karyopharm constitutes an important milestone in the war on cancer,” she said.

The FDA first approved the drug for sale in July after 10 years of development. Karyopharm wrote in a press release that within six days of the FDA’s approval, cancer patients in the USA began receiving XPOVIO.

During a pivotal trial that led to the drug’s approval, approximately 40% of patients saw their tumors shrink. Karyopharm also reported that patient life expectancy increased by three to five times thanks to the treatment.

XPOVIO has been mainly used to treat myeloma, the second most common type of blood cancer, which affects 400 to 500 people in Israel annually, according to a Karyopharm Therapeutics press release.

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