Focus on Technology

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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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Making solar panels better and cheaper

This is a solar cell made of polymers and graphene, an option that appears to be cheaper and more flexible.
Ann Thompson WVXU

A solar panel is typically made up of lots of silicon cells that together form a circuit. The electrons zip through the panels to create electricity in a very efficient manner. But what if scientists could create the same efficiency in a different material that was cheaper?

Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in materials engineering, is studying how to make polymer solar cells more efficient. Right now their performance is well below the most efficient silicon solar panels.

Why polymers:

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Focus on Technology
2:00 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

African space agency, a giant leap for some

With a goal of building a space rocket, Uganda now is working on a single-seater plane.
NTV

This fall members of the African Union Commission are scheduled to release their recommendations for an African Space Agency. The feasibility study is chaired by South Africa and includes Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Algeria.

For some, a space agency is the likely next step. Since 2010 satellite capacity across the continent has almost tripled, helping to fuel Africa's mobile revolution, according to University of Cincinnati aerospace engineering professor Grant Schaffner.

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Focus on Technology
1:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

How millions of tweets boil down to six conversations

As a broadcast station, WVXU's tweets are In-Hub & Spoke.
Marc Smith Social Media Research Foundation

Many people struggle to make sense of Twitter. The constant stream of information containing up to 140 characters can often overwhelm. But believe it or not all the tweets in the world appear to fit into just six patterns.

The Pew Research Center and the Social Media Research Foundation studied thousands of tweets over a four-year period and came up with these six different conversational archetypes.

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