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 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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New UD lab proves this is not your grandfather's radar

The equipment at the University of Dayton's new Mumma Radar Laboratory was all custom built.
Ann Thompson WVXU

The University of Dayton's new Mumma Radar Laboratory opened, not with bangs, but with lots of blips.

The state-of-the-art facility, in Kettering Laboratories, contains perhaps the most precise radars in the world, accurate to 1/10th of a micron or within a fraction of a human hair. They also don't take a lot of power. Lab Director Dr. Michael Wicks says they only need the power equivalent to 1/100th of a Christmas tree bulb.

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Focus on Technology
1:45 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Smart people come together to slow down puberty

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Why are girls hitting puberty earlier. Last fall Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center researchers blamed obesity. Are there other causes? At the time, Children's lead investigator Dr. Frank Biro said environmental and physiological factors also play a role.

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Cincinnati Library's 3-D printer churning out models

Library patron Randall Bolton checks out the new 3D printer.
Ann Thompson WVXU

Just three weeks into the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's first 3D printer and patrons have designed, copied and printed plenty.

The fifth-generation MakerBot is in the Tech Center on the second floor of the downtown library. It's available by reservation by the hour. Right now, while in beta testing, it is free.

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Focus on Technology
2:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

UC professor's cold hard facts about glaciers

Mt. Everst north face towards base camp. Professor Owen has studied Tibet and the Himalayas, nearly one-third the size of the contiguous 48 U.S. states.
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Lewis Owen, head of the University of Cincinnati's geology department, deals in very small quantities.

He shows off what important stuff is left of one sample he brought home from the Himalayas. “That’s a little steel disk and on it is just a little smear of sand grains," Owen said.

With the samples he brings home, Owen is trying to map where glaciers used to be , where they've moved and how climate change will affect the world’s future. For a quarter century The University of Cincinnati professor has been making trips to China, Tibet, India and Pakistan.

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