The company’s co-founder told Geektime in a video interview at the Think Next conference that its “breakthrough technology” developed at the Technion allows its radar system and antenna to be so cheap
As more consumer apps become free or very cheap, it should come as no surprise that even complex military systems, like radar, are becoming affordable to individuals.
At Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv, Israeli startup Artsys360 presented its “microradar” system, which retails for the competitive price of $5,000: Most private microradar systems cost at least $20,000. It’s unclear what use a regular citizen would have for radar, but perhaps banks, power plants, prisons and other sensitive companies could benefit from this small-scale version of the military technology.
Of course, then there are celebrities who need to protect themselves from paparazzi drones.
The company’s co-founder Meir Zorea told Geektime’s Laura Rosbrow in a video interview at the Think Next conference that its “breakthrough technology” developed at the Technion Israel Institute for Technology allows its radar system and antenna to be so cheap. The Technion owns the company’s patent and is the company’s largest stakeholder.
Artsys can detect approaching objects 360 degrees around itself as well as 45 degrees above or below the horizon. Zorea says the primary market for the system is homeland security uses, for instance, along fences or borders as an extra layer of protection above and beyond human patrols. Another potential use for the technology is to detect traffic congestion, helping to regulate traffic. It can also be used in the future to allow self-driving cars to keep their distance from objects in the environment.
Zorea told Geektime that the system can also jam approaching quadcopters and cause them to malfunction. This is potentially useful in combatting drug smuggling by drone.
The company has raised seed funding from a number of angel investors as well as a $400,000 grant from Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist. The company has eight employees and is located in Holon.