Focus on Technology

Wednesday afternoons during Cincinnati Edition, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Ann Thompson reports on the latest trends in technology and their effects on medicine, safety, the environment or entertainment.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Custom designed knee replacements gaining traction

Gary Marcum, who had knee replacement surgery in November, is examined by surgeon Dr. Michael Swank.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Increasingly people are losing interest in the "one size fits all" approach for medical care. Sixty-eight year old Gary Marcum knew he didn't want it when he faced his second knee replacement. The first one was  a partial, but the recovery lasted months and he was in a lot of pain.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Google takes a closer look

Skybox

Peering down to earth from one satellite now and eventually 24, Google is expanding its view, and some say its influence in the universe.

In June Google bought Skybox Satellite for $500 million. Images from the high resolution satellite are updated daily and users with special software can zoom in on things like crops and construction or see how full oil containers are at a Saudi oil field.

Take a look at one such example where the Burj Khalifa skyscraper casts a shadow over Dubai.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Maple Knoll tests UC smart house for seniors

Human patient simulators help demonstrate the available technology at Maple Knoll Village at the "Innovation Collaboratory House."
Ann Thompson WVXU

Except for a small sign the  "Innovation Collaboratory House" looks like any other villa at Maple Knoll Village. But walk inside and it's anything but.

Telehealth robots are in the sitting room and a Microsoft X-Box "Kinect" demonstration is in the bedroom. "Flo-bot" can manage congestive heart failure and do stroke intervention. "Little-bot" can ask you questions.

Other innovations:

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New UD lab proves this is not your grandfather's radar

The equipment at the University of Dayton's new Mumma Radar Laboratory was all custom built.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The University of Dayton's new Mumma Radar Laboratory opened, not with bangs, but with lots of blips.

The state-of-the-art facility, in Kettering Laboratories, contains perhaps the most precise radars in the world, accurate to 1/10th of a micron or within a fraction of a human hair. They also don't take a lot of power. Lab Director Dr. Michael Wicks says they only need the power equivalent to 1/100th of a Christmas tree bulb.

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Focus on Technology
1:45 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Smart people come together to slow down puberty

Actio

Why are girls hitting puberty earlier. Last fall Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers blamed obesity. Are there other causes? At the time, Children's lead investigator Dr. Frank Biro said environmental and physiological factors also play a role.

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