Focus On Technology

Mondays at 6:44 a.m.; 8:44 a.m. during Morning Edition and 4:44 p.m. during All Things Considered

Ann Thompson reports on the latest trends in technology and their effects on medicine, safety, the environment or entertainment.

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Baseball fans expect a lot from their electronic devices both at the Major League and youth level. How is it possible to get nearly real-time information every game for things like landing speed and the nastiness of the pitch? Even coaches of kids teams are using software to keep parents and grandparents up to date remotely. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology," on how programs like Gameday and iScorecast work.


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This is what actor Christopher Reeve dreamed of... a bionic machine that helps paralyzed people walk. Drake Center is one of 20 facilities in the world to have an Exoskeleton. It is kind of like a backpack with leg and foot support.

Therapists program the parameters and paraplegics can walk slowly. For 29 year old Kevin Moeller, who's been in a wheelchair ten years, it gives him new freedom and the ability to have his natural height of six foot.

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This is what actor Christopher Reeve dreamed of... a bionic machine that helps paralyzed people walk. Drake Center is one of 20 facilities in the world to have an Exoskeleton. It is kind of like a backpack with leg and foot support. Therapists program the parameters and paraplegics can walk slowly. For 29 year old Kevin Moeller, who's been in a wheelchair ten years, it gives him new freedom and the ability to have his natural height of six foot. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

Zachary Copfer is making some pretty unusual art using unconventional means. Like it implies, his "Bacteriography" involves developing images in plates of bacteria. The microbiologist turned visual artist makes use of E. coli bacteria and S.marcescens and then treats them with the DNA from jellyfish. The University of Cincinnati graduate got nationwide press last year when he first unveiled his works at a Cincinnati art show.


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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says the U.S. is becoming more successful in treating some kinds of cancer, including brain, colorectal, stomach and breast cancer. This is due in part to more aggressive care. The University of Cincinnati is pledging more aggressive and personalized care with a new team of doctors and a new center. WVXU's Ann Thompson reports what makes the new bone marrow transplant center and its doctors different, in Focus on Technology.


U.S. Government

The Pentagon is increasing its cybersecurity force fivefold after a series of hacking incidents that  have originated in China and other places. In recent months U.S. businesses and newspapers have also been compromised.  Suspects include organized rings and teenage hackers from Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Increasingly the U.S. government and businesses are taking steps to better protect themselves. Ann Thompson reports in Focus on Technology.


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The NMR 850 mhz is in full use in the basement of Hughes Laboratories at Miami University. The most recent experiment using this powerful magnet, one of the strongest in the world, aims to discover signs of pancreatic cancer earlier. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."


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The first step in developing a Tricorder device may only be a few years away. UC researcher Jason Heikenfeld is testing his band-aid like patch. With just a few drops of sweat, it will monitor health and diagnose disease on people and in the lab using artificial skin that mimics sweat. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."

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BioLOGIC, Covington's life sciences accelerator, is expanding. Not only do city leaders hope to fill the space but they are counting on the bright ideas and talented workforce to help lure other life science companies to the area. Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."


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Interest in "smart guns," using biometrics and radio frequency technology, has rebounded following recent gun violence. President Obama has included them as part of his plan to reduce such mass shootings. Who makes these guns? How do they work? And will they catch on? Ann Thompson reports in "Focus on Technology."


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The 4 billion dollar coronary stent market is about to get bigger. Bioresorbable stents are performing well, giving patients and doctors more options. Cincinnati's Christ Hospital is the lead hospital in a national study. Ann Thompson reports how Absorb™ works and what it could mean for the market.


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Part of the President’s plan to reduce gun violence focuses on increased mental health services. Ann Thompson, in “Focus on Technology,” reports on Cincinnati efforts to be pro-active, involving a predictive spit test and photographing the brain.

 Dr. Jim Eliassen stands behinds glass at the University of Cincinnati Center for Imaging Research. 

North Koreans continue to face restrictions over cell phone and computer usage. As Google’s chairman visits the country, Ann Thompson reports in Focus on Technology, what Eric Schmidt may want and what the future may hold for those who live there. East-West Center Associate Scott Thomas Bruce weighs in and so does Suk-Ho Shin, a reporter for South Korea's leading newspaper DONG-A-ILBO.


The Federal Aviation Administration has started writing licensing and safety regulations regarding using unmanned air vehicles (UAV’s) for alternate purposes, such as newsgathering, by 2015. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how these drones may eliminate the need for TV news helicopters.


Smart devices and robots are keeping older adults in their homes longer. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports that University of Cincinnati students are inventing new devices and aids to test in a smart house.

New 4-D Transistors

Dec 14, 2012

In the world of computing it’s all about being faster and better. As Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology, a group of Purdue and Harvard scientists have come up with a new 4-D transistor. The novel design and material, directing the flow of electrical current, is said to be a preview of future computers.


In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports there’s a new way to study one of the most deadly forms of cancer.


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The faster police clear an accident, the faster you can get moving again. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on new tools increasing the speed and accuracy of documenting police reports.


The fountain of youth may be closer than you think. A German researcher working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center appears to have discovered a way to reverse the aging of cells. It won’t make you look any younger but it might make you feel better as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.


A new book, Singularity Rising, suggests computers are on the path to becoming as smart as people. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson, in an interview with author James Miller, reports on how soon it could happen, which country will have the technology first, and what could derail it.


Superstorm Sandy uncovers some gaps in grid technology. Ann Thompson, in this week’s Focus on Technology, reports on efforts nationally, and locally, to prevent such outages and provide adequate back-up power.

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Meet the Germinator

Nov 2, 2012

The germinator is at work in area hospitals. Ann Thompson will let you know what it is and how it works on this week’s Focus on Technology.

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Sleek new iPads replace big playbooks and DVD’s for Cincinnati Bengals players who can now prepare anytime, anyplace. Ann Thompson reports on this new trend in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Having a smart phone, a tablet, an e-reader and more costs a lot of money and it’s more than just the purchase price. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on how to stay connected and stay within your budget.

Our friends at the Cincinnati Zoo aren’t only into protecting and preserving animals; they are also into doing the same thing for plants. In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports on efforts to save endangered plant species by using test tube reproduction.

First and second year engineering students often feel isolated when doing their complicated homework. The University of Cincinnati has a high-tech solution to get them together as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Navy amphibious vehicles will soon be faster, more agile and better able to carry larger payloads for longer distances. That’s because two University of Dayton researchers are redesigning them as Ann Thompson reports in this week’s Focus on Technology.

A zero-emission bus is on a cross country tour, stopping off in Cincinnati to demonstrate its super green features. Take a test drive with Ann Thompson in this week’s Focus on Technology.

Robot Medics Research

Sep 14, 2012

Injured U.S. soldiers on the battlefield may eventually be helped by robots. Vision recognition technology developed by University of Dayton researchers would help the robots seek out and find soldiers in need of medical care.  Ann Thompson reports in this week's Focus on Technology.

You’ve probably heard of STEM curriculum: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But have you heard of STEAM2? The Lakota School District has taken STEM one step further to prepare students for projected job openings by adding Applied Arts and Medical.  Ann Thompson reports about this enhanced approach in Focus on Technology.

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