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 May 14, 2014

Someday your smartphone could be smarter than you

Someday smartphones will immediately identify objects in a camera's field of view, overlaying lines of text that describe items in the environment.
Purdue University

In a perfect world, your smartphone would automatically tag whatever it sees through the camera's field of view. This could be helpful when using Google Glass, facial recognition systems, robotic cars and more.

Big powerful computers can do it already with something called deep learning. It requires layers of neural networks that mimic how the human brain processes information. A Purdue University researcher is working on it for smartphones and mobile devices

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Using GPS to fix a heart problem

During diagnosis and repair of the heart's electrical system, doctors see this when using a non-radiation mapping system instead of traditional X-rays.
Ann Thompson WVXU

When diagnosing and repairing the heart's electrical system, doctors often have to use lots of radiation to pinpoint the problem. It's not uncommon for the patient to experience 50 minutes or more of radiation thanks to X-rays, CAT scans and nuclear stress tests.

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

Making a fast track to Mars

Former astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz is developing a rocket that can get to Mars in 39 days.
Ad Astra Rocket

Right now traveling to Mars would be a full-time commitment. Astronauts would be cooped up in a rocket for seven months and if they were able to take enough fuel to get back to earth, they would have to wait another two years before the planets would be close enough again. During this time their bone densities would greatly decrease and crumble once back on earth.

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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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