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
5:31 am
Fri April 5, 2013

North Korea's actions point to importance of tracking nuclear weapons worldwide

Gyeongui Highway on the way to the Kaesong Industrial Region in North Korea. WVXU's Ann Thompson took this picture during a journalism trip last summer.
Ann Thompson; taken during a trip in 2012. WVXU

The threat of nuclear weapons is of big concern to the U.S. and other countries around the world, as evidenced by North Korea’s announcement that it will expand its arsenal. In “Focus on Technology,” Ann Thompson reports even before tension in the Korean peninsula, scientists were trying to identify and protect plutonium and uranium all over the globe.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Making sure you don't miss a pitch: Gameday and iScorecast

MLB's Gameday (Reds vs Giants)
MLB

Baseball fans expect a lot from their electronic devices both at the Major League and youth level. How is it possible to get nearly real-time information every game for things like landing speed and the nastiness of the pitch? Even coaches of kids teams are using software to keep parents and grandparents up to date remotely. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology," on how programs like Gameday and iScorecast work.


Paralysis
5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Paralyzed people are walking with robots at Drake

Kevin Moeller is ready to walk with the Exoskeleton.
Sarah Ramsey WVXU


This is what actor Christopher Reeve dreamed of... a bionic machine that helps paralyzed people walk. Drake Center is one of 20 facilities in the world to have an Exoskeleton. It is kind of like a backpack with leg and foot support.


Therapists program the parameters and paraplegics can walk slowly. For 29 year old Kevin Moeller, who's been in a wheelchair ten years, it gives him new freedom and the ability to have his natural height of six foot.

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Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Paralyzed people can walk thanks to wearable robot

Kevin Moeller walks with the help of the Exoskeleton.
Sarah Ramsey WVXU

This is what actor Christopher Reeve dreamed of... a bionic machine that helps paralyzed people walk. Drake Center is one of 20 facilities in the world to have an Exoskeleton. It is kind of like a backpack with leg and foot support. Therapists program the parameters and paraplegics can walk slowly. For 29 year old Kevin Moeller, who's been in a wheelchair ten years, it gives him new freedom and the ability to have his natural height of six foot. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Focus on Technology
5:31 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Using germs to make art

Zachary Copfer is making some pretty unusual art using unconventional means. Like it implies, his "Bacteriography" involves developing images in plates of bacteria. The microbiologist turned visual artist makes use of E. coli bacteria and S.marcescens and then treats them with the DNA from jellyfish. The University of Cincinnati graduate got nationwide press last year when he first unveiled his works at a Cincinnati art show.


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