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
6:00 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Social Media activated vending machine nets you free stuff

This is what you see when using an Instagram-activated vending machine made by IVS.
Ann Thompson WVXU

(This story first aired September 10, 2014) 

The concept is 21st century clever. Help companies promote their products via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  to get free products from special vending machines.

Patrick McDonald thought of this idea years ago and launched Innovative Vending Solutions in 2008. The company is based in West Carrollton. His partner is Jeff Thibodeau.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

'Kapturing' recordable moments

Kapture, the brainchild of Cincinnati entrepreneurs, is an audio recording wristband.
Kapture

Have you ever  thought "I wish I had recorded that?" Kapture, a Cincinnati start-up company, has apparently solved that problem with an audio recording wristband.

Users, without breaking eye-contact, simply double tap to record the previous sixty seconds and with Bluetooth it goes to your smartphone and saves in a Kapture app where you can edit and post to Facebook, Twitter, email or text later.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

An inside look at GE Aviation's Peebles Operation

GE Aviation's engine test site is on 7,000 acres in Adams County.
Ann Thompson WVXU

GE Aviation has come a long way since its rocket testing days sixty years ago.

Once so slow employees sold Christmas trees on the Adams County site, the Peebles Test Operation now does round-the-clock work testing more than 1600 engines a year at the 7,000-acre site.

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

NeuroSwitch gives voice to ALS patients

The NeuroSwitch helps people with ALS and quadriplegics communicate.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Tucked away inside the Milford City Building is a small technology company that is helping ALS patients and other people with the inability to move and communicate around the world.

Control Bionics is the combined venture of James Schorey and former CNN news anchor Peter Ford. Schorey designed the sensor used in the NeuroSwitch and Ford adapted it to people with only the slightest of movement.

How it works

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Physics
6:00 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Laser sheds new light on molecules at Miami

Laser beams are key in a number of physics experiments at Miami Unversity as students try to better understand the energy transfer process.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Miami University students are mapping out molecular properties with the help of new ultrafast laser technology to better understand energy transfer for processes in collisions between atoms and molecules.

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