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 August 6, 2014

Mammoths & Mastodons may hold clues for distant relative elephant

Scientists are studying mammoth and mastodon teeth to better understand their ecology and the relationship to elephants.
Ann Thompson WVXU

University of Cincinnati scientists have literally drilled down through the teeth of mammoths and mastodons to discover their habits in what’s believed to be the first study of its kind in the region.

UC paleoecologist Brooke Crowley borrowed some mammoth and mastodon teeth from the Museum Center with hopes of finding out where they lived and what they ate. The specimens, very small amounts of white powder from the teeth, were eventually sent to the University of Illinois for  testing.

The process

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Making wearable electronics commonplace

Purdue researchers used a standard sewing machine to create this new type of low-cost flexible metal interconnect for "soft" robotics and wearable electronics.
Babak Ziaie Purdue University

The market for wearable electronics could top $3 billion by 2018, according to a new report. However, Beecham Research says with better collaboration between technology companies and the fashion industry, the market could be worth $9.3 billion by 2018.

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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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