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 April 23, 2014

Cincinnati Childrens is making antibiotics last longer

(from left) Dr. David Haslam and Dr. Josh Courter, members of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

A computer progam called VigiLanz is Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's new secret weapon in treating and preventing "superbugs," and consequently making antibiotics last longer.

What's the problem?

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

A voice bank for the speechless

VocaliD

An effort is underway to give individuality to people who have to use a computerized voice box to speak.

Just in the United States alone there are several million people who have lost their voice because of cerebral palsy, stroke, brain injury and more. If they are lucky enough to have a computerized voice chances are their voice sounds very similar to somebody else who also uses a computer.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

GE facility gives glimpse of 3D printer future

This 3D printer uses metal powder to build thin layers using a laser.
GE Aviation

GE Aviation has so much faith in 3D printing that it will soon relocate its Sharonville facility to a much larger space. GE bought what used to be called Morris Technologies in 2012. Morris was the first to introduce 3D metallic based technology to North America.

The technology works by taking a very fine grain metal powder and thinly layering it using a laser. This is different than taking solid material and subtracting it to make a part, like is done in machining.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Cincinnati Reds find new ways to connect with fans

The new Reds Connect Zone is on the third base concourse behind section 110.
Ann Thompson WVXU

If just watching the game isn't enough for you, the Cincinnati Reds want to keep you engaged with new technology at Great American Ball Park. This year the team has invested in:

  • Instant Replay
  • Reds Connect Zone
  • iBeacons

At ballparks throughout the country teams are making instant replay available on the main video board. At Great American they are also on smaller monitors throughout the stadium.

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Focus on Technology
2:05 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Google Glass is a hit at the hospital

Dr. Steve Horng uses Google Glass at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.
Dr. John Halamka

Outside patient rooms at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center there's a Quick Response (QR) code on the wall. It is key to a new way doctors are doing things there.

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