On the second day of President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel in March 2013, the U.S. leader viewed technological innovations and said that Israeli high-tech was “inspiring.”
Among the select inventions on display at the specially commissioned Technology Fair in Jerusalem, showcasing Israel’s advances to make the world a better place, he witnessed three Technion-led booths and interacted with representatives comprising current faculty, students, alumni, and participants of a youth outreach program in educational robotics.
Obama inspected Prof. Alon Wolf’s search-and-rescue snake robots, ate matzo proffered by Prof. Igor Verner’s humanoid waiter robots programmed to assist disabled persons, and hugged a U.S. Veteran who can walk again thanks to Technion alumnus Dr Amit Goffer’s ReWalk exoskeleton.
President Obama also chatted with Technion MSc student Saeed Kharouf, a participant in President Shimon Peres’ Ma’antech initiative that provides a bridge for Arab students into the workforce.