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Thirty years ago, the movie Back to the Future Part II predicted that by October 21, 2015, we would be getting around on hover boards. Well, here we are, and while we now have Segways and the technology for self-driving cars, there are still no hover boards in children's closets.

Miami University's 2014 Kinetics Festival featured something close. Students created a saucer-shaped hovercraft that could hold up to 250 pounds. WVXU's Tana Weingartner spoke with Tim Cameron, Miami University professor and chair of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, about when we might actually see real hover boards.

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This white van, equipped with high-tech equipment just spent three weeks mapping 940 miles of Cincinnati streets. The data it collected will help the city prioritize street resurfacing projects.


Many of veterinarian Dr. Bob Biederman's clientele are millennials and Gen Xers who live downtown. Often  they are the first to buy new pet technology.

  The ever-increasing volume of information produced each day that touches virtually every aspect of our lives demands a continued supply of trained professionals to properly manage how that information is processed, stored, distributed and protected. A recent survey showed information technology hiring will increase up to 26% this year.

  Many people think that, as a group, seniors -those over 65 - don't use or even understand new technologies. But according to a study conducted by Link-age, a research company focusing on the aging population, that perception is far from accurate. The study found that more than 80% of seniors actively use technology to access information or connect with family and friends.

  A long, long time ago, the only technology a student needed for school was a calculator. Now school districts across the country are equipping students with smart tablets or laptops, deemed as vital to learning today as pencil and paper, if not more so. Technology is quickly changing how we look at education, as well as many other aspects of life, from communicating with others to staying healthy to controlling our homes.

  Of the 15 companies that have been helped by UpTech, the Northern Kentucky business accelerator, over the last two years, 13 are still in operation. That is a great track record when you consider that half of all new-business startups fail. UpTech, which focuses on informatics and new ways to process, store, retrieve and use data, recently named the semi-finalists in its third class of entrepreneurs.

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