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PAGE 2B HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 By Viva Sarah Press As the 50th annual Consumer Electronics Show gets underway today in Las Vegas, the world's gadget- aficionados and tech devotees are keeping an eye on the newest technologies making debuts. Once again, many Israeli companies are taking part in the world's largest consumer electronics show, snagging top interest and media coverage for their novel technologies. Intel demonstrated its Project Alloy VR headset to much hype at this year's event--handing out barfbags to hundreds of reporters and analysts in case the gaming experience proved too much for them. The technology for the headset was created in Intel Haifa using RealSense (Israeli-developed 3D vision technology). Consumer Physics, the Israeli makers of the SCiO device, teamed with China's Changhong and US chipmaker Analog Devices to unveil the world's first molecular sensing smartphone at CES. BMW made a headline- grabbing announcement at CES about its plan to roll out a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous vehicles by the second half of 2017. The BMW 7 Series carswill employ cutting-edge technologies from Intel and from Mobileye, Israel's premier developer of vision-based advanced driver assistance systems. "Making autonomous driving a reality for our customers is the shared ambition behind our cooperation with Intel and Mobileye. This partnership has all of the skills and talent necessary to overcome the enormous technological challenges ahead and commercialize self-driving vehicles," said BMW's Klaus Fr6hlich at a media event preceding the show. Autotalks, the Kfar Netter- based company developing automotive-grade V2X (vehicle-to-everything) communication solutions, announced at CES that it has joined forces with Taiwan's RoyalTek, a leader in global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite navigation technology, to improve road safety by developing an innovative vehicle-to- pedestrian (V2P) solution. In addition to the multinational companies using CES to publicize their plans for 2017, the January 5-8, 2017 exhibition attracts tech editors and reporters from all major media outlets seeking the hottest tech trends to come. Ahandful of Israeli startups are included in their roundups so far. BBC highlights TytoCare telehealth system. USA Today put Kado's super- thin battery chargers on its "CES 2017:5 gadgets that made me say wow" list. CBS tells tech-lovers not to miss out on 2breathe's sleep inducer; Overall, CES is expected to draw 3,800 exhibitors and 170,000 attendees spread out over 2.6 million net square feet of exhibits. Israel Pavilion Dozens of Israeli companies are taking part in the tech extravaganza. Israel has more than 500 consumer electronics and digital media companies with innovative solutions for mobile devices, smart home and smart TV, video and gaming, automotive, wearables, Internet of things (IoT) and other arenas. As in past years, the Israel Export Institute and Israel Ministry of Economy Foreign Trade Office have set up an Israel Pavilion at CES. The 15 blue-and-white companies on display in the Intel Haifa created the pavilion are: Cinema2Go (optical solutions for head- mounted displays); meeba (customizable smart doorbells); Radiomize (gesture-controlled steering); 2breathe sleep inducer; CMoo Systems (home control and monitoring); DigiSense (wearable real-time monitoring sensor for diapers); Idomoo (automatically generated, cinematic- quality personalized videos); Imagry (visual recognition engine); Mango Technologies (DSP processing software); tech inside the Project Alloy VR headset at CES 2017. TytoCare; Beyond Verbal (emotion-detecting voice analytics); Say Wear (smart necklace); Nano Dimension (3D printing); MySizeID (measurement technology applications); and Kado (ultra- slim chargers). "The companies at the Israeli Pavilion exhibit innovative solutions that meet the needs of the entertainment and consumer electronics sectors including wearable technologies, advanced solutions for audio and video technologies, 3D printing, IoT technologies, mHealth and smart cars," said Michael Admon, director of the high- tech department at the Israel Export Institute. "The global entertainment arena is at an advanced stage of development of new fields in IoT, autonomous vehicle, augmented realityandvirtual reality. The Israeli Pavilion display offers a variety of innovative solutions and we expect visits by senior representatives from the consumer and entertainment electronics arena." What came first--start- ing a bridesmaid for hire business or writing a book titled "Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)',? From the looks of it, the business came as a surprise, first. Jen Glatz moved to New York to start her writing career, what she got instead were a string of phone calls that began with, "J en, I have something exciting to tell you!" and ended with, "I'd be honored if you would be my bridesmaid." She became pretty good at being a bridesmaid, so she posted, jokingly, an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a "profes- sional" bridesmaid. That ad went viral and Glatz' life took on a new journey as she walked down the aisle at strangers' weddings. Glatz even has a website, bridesmaidforhire.com, where she describes herself as "The gal pal you never knew you needed during the time you need her the most." Her site is full of all kinds of much needed in- formation to help brides, maids-of-honor and brides- maids enjoy the wedding experience. She even has a Bridesmaid Crash Course Video Series. Now this vibrant young woman has finally started her writing career sharing her experiences. This book, according to a review on Amazon.corn, is "a hilari- ous and insightful memoir about one New York City Millennial's journey to find herself, her dream career, and true love, all while juggling a truly unique job as the world's only profes- sional bridesmaid." Amy Schwartz Kimlat, marketing director of The Roth Family JCC, is excited for Glatz. "Exactly 10 years ago, my PR Intern sent me a draft of an article I'd assigned her to write about our JCC Summer Camps," said Kimlat. "She was a freshman at UCF, 18 years old, and I remember being taken aback by how colorfully she was already writing--penning phrases describing campers as, 'taking a dive into the chilly pool' and 'dancing to the beat of fun.' "Today, one decade later, she has released her first book with a major pub- lisher, 'Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire),' published by Simon & Schuster. I've read the prologue so far, and she's as colorful and entertaining as ever." "Writing a book is per- haps not the hardest thing a person will ever do," said Glatz. "In my life, so far, learning to say goodbye and let go of people, places, and things has always been much harder." She continued: "Which is why, perhaps, harder than writing a 320 manuscript is pressing the send button, watching it get printed, thousands of times, and waiting for it to arrive in the arms of dear friends and complete strangers. To tell you the truth: I haven't slept in days. My heart is beating as if It's trying to keep up with the melody ofa Ke$ha song. I have stress-sweated through five t-shirts. My Acid Reflux is at an all-time high, so please excuse me for a second while I go chew a handful of TUMS... "I went for a walk this morning at 7am. New York City was practically still asleep. The cold, wet, air slapped me in the face, as if to say, why are you here? Who is it that you want to be today? I stood on the corner of third avenue, look- ing up at buildings much larger than I'll ever be, and screamed out loud: 'I'm Jen Glantz. Today, world, you get to know my secrets.' "My book is out today. So thank you - in advance - for eyeballing the words I left for you on paper and for spending your hard-earned money on my hard-worked dream." "Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)" is available on Amazon.com, and if you are looking for help for your wedding, visit bridesmaidfo- rhire.com on the Internet. (StatePoint) If you are in the market for a home, you are probably weighing a range of factors, including size, amenities and architectural style. But experts say that the old adage 'location, location, location' should never stray from one's thoughts. "Location not only affects your daily life in countless ways, but it also has an unquestionable influence on the current and future value of your home," says Charlie Young, president and chief executive officer for Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Young points to The Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report, billed as the most extensive home price comparison tool in the US, as a good place to begin your research. The report, which can be found by visiting bit. ly/coldwellbanker2016HLR, analyzes the average listing price of more than 50,000 four-bedroom, two bathroom homes on ColdweliBanker. corn between January 2016 and June 2016 in more than 2,000 markets. The findings reveal that while the national average listing price for a sample size home of $320,120 can buy a similar home in nearly 1,300 markets across the country, there are some major outliers on both ends of the price spectrum. In Detroit, the country's most affordable market, the average listing price of a sample size home is less than $65,000. However, in Saratoga, California--the most expensive market-- that same size home costs nearly $2.5 million, fueled by the region's high-tech enterprise. But Young says not to view home prices as a yardstick for quality of life, "You can find a great place to live in most markets. In fact, Detroit has been experiencing a renaissance in the last few years. An invigorated community, culture and a resurgence of young professionals, is making it an affordable, viable city in which to settle down and build roots." Another major location factor homebuyers should take into consideration is the local school system. Even if you don't have a child in the family, schools can play a major role in home value. But remember, location matters beyond pure finances and can affect every aspect of your life, like the length of your commute, the presence of parks, the walkability of the surrounding area, and the relative safety of the neighborhood. Other factors to consider may include doing a bit of research. How large is the community and does it fit with the type of place in which you want to raise your family? Will your new home be situated near key shopping destinations for daily staples like groceries, dry cleaning and other necessary services? Will your new community wind up costing you more in local taxes or other municipal fees? Abit of advance checking can help you make the best choice for your needs. So while you are counting bathrooms, admiring a newly shingled roof or imagining yourselfenjoyingaprospective property's pool, don't forget location and its potential impact on your lifestyle and your wallet.