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
2:23 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Winter tech that makes you comfortable & safe

This house is getting a "snow melting system," that uses hot water heat to keep the driveway free of snow and ice.
Redi Heating and Air Conditioning

  

Heated Driveways

Tired of walking on snow and ice covered sidewalks and having to repeatedly scrape and plow your driveway? Why not order a "snow melting system" and encourage your employer to do the same?

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Focus on Technology
6:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The sky's the limit for UC drone researchers

UC's UAV hovers on campus.
Ann Thompson WVXU

 The Cincinnati Fire Department is looking into the possibility of using drones in the future. The city is partnering with the University of Cincinnati to test, what promises to be, a turn-key system.

The whirr and the sight of this small quadroter freezes University of Cincinnati students in their tracks as they stare at it in subzero temperatures.

Graduate Student Bryan Brown says, “Oh yes, every time we do this we have about 10 people stop and they’ll come up and take videos, especially when it’s warmer.”

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Protecting skiers from serious injury

The skiers who tested the D-Air SKI include Manuel Osborne-Paradis (left) and from right: Werner Heel and Jan Hudec.

The manufacturer of an airbag for skiers is putting the final touches on the product that continues to be tested in high-speed downhill events. Dainese, an Italian company that also makes airbags for motorcycle racers, had hoped to have the D-Air® SKI ready for the Sochi Olympics.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

UC testing water for fracking contamination

This fracking plant, Utica East Ohio Buckeye Midstream is in the midst of an expansion and close to where Amy Townsend-Small is testing water
Ohio EPA

One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.

There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."

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Focus on Technology
1:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

How to improve your online reputation

Pete Kistler, a former Syracuse University student, had trouble figuring out why he couldn’t land even an internship. He had a high GPA, won a couple of scholarships and started two clubs on campus. And while all his friends were getting phone calls and going out on interviews, he got nothing. Why? When he Googled his name he found out. There was a convicted sex offender with the same name.   

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