Technology

2:39pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Drones

Hanna optimistic upstate New York will land drone test site

Rep. Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld), right, is a member of the House "drone caucus."
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Upstate New York has a good chance of becoming one of six federally designated drone testing sites to be named later this year, says Rep. Richard Hanna.

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4:12pm

Thu March 21, 2013
Technology

Israeli companies will use UAlbany's nanotech school

Israel will spend up to $300 million a year for companies there to use UAlbany's nanoscale facilities.
UAlbany College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

The state of Israel will spend up to $300 million a year in a new partnership with the University at Albany for Israeli companies to use the school's nanotechnology facilities.

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6:48am

Sun March 17, 2013
Technology

3D printing replaces 75 percent of man's skull

The implant makes up 75 percent of this skulls mass
Oxford Performance Materials

3D printing technology has been working its way into a multitude of sectors - from manufacturing, to printable electronic circuits.

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3:04pm

Tue March 12, 2013
Drones

Domestic drone industry may bring $443 million to New York

Joe Kummer is president of Propulsive Wing, a small drone maker in Elbridge, N.Y.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

New York state is poised to become one of the nation's leading economic beneficiaries of a burgeoning domestic drone industry, according to a new report from an industry trade group.

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9:59am

Tue March 12, 2013
Technology

RIT students invent new luggage tracking device

ToastyKen Flickr

A team of Rochester Institute of Technology students has created a system that allows travelers to get real-time updates on the location of their luggage by way of an embedded device in their suitcase.

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9:01am

Thu March 7, 2013
Technology

$25 million goes to expand broadband access in New York

Some rights reserved by Sean MacEntee Creative Commons

The state's Connect NY Broadband Grant program awarded $25 million to 18 projects on Tuesday.

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9:52am

Fri February 22, 2013
Technology

Researchers conduct first major earthquake simulation in New York state

An unreinforced masonry wall on the left, compared with a reinforced wall on the right.
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

Researchers from the University at Buffalo conducted the state's first large-scale earthquake simulation on Tuesday to determine how prone unreinforced masonry walls are to quake damage.

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6:20am

Fri February 1, 2013
Technology

Rochester remains strong center for patents; Albany rising

A patent for a flying machine from 1869.
U.S. National Archives via Flickr

Patent activity - an indicator of economic ingenuity - has been on a steady rise for the past three decades, a report by the Brookings Institution has found, but innovation is shifting to high-tech sectors and the highly educated.

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3:43pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Technology

Watson the supercomputer heads to RPI

Several RPI graduates were part of the IBM team that developed Watson, including Dr. Christopher Welty (left). He talks with Naveen Sundar, a graduate student at RPI studying computer science.
IBM

Nearly two years after an IBM supercomputer named Watson stole the spotlight on Jeopardy! by beating two human champions, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy will become the first university in the world to receive its own version of Watson, to help further computer science research.

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4:03pm

Thu January 24, 2013
Technology

We now go live on scene to... our drone?

The AR Parrot 2.0 drone can be bought at Toys R Us or Amazon.com for $300.
Credit Ryan Delaney / WRVO

Dan Pacheco is able to steer a small drone above a group of students with just a WiFi connection and his iPad. What the drone sees is projected onto a big screen in front of them.

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9:59am

Tue January 15, 2013
Energy

Buffalo foundation says solar is no-brainer for rebuilding Haiti

Chris Flatau, Solar Liberty Foundation electrician, trains Haitian technicians on how to install solar electric panels.
Solar Liberty Foundation

This weekend marked the third anniversary of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation of Haiti. Three years on and the recovery process still has a long way to go, but one organization in western New York has been  helping to bring renewable energy to Haitians still living without power.

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6:05am

Tue January 1, 2013
Technology

New technologies can help seniors "age in place"

AgeLab agelab.mit.edu

As the number of seniors citizens in America grows each year, the issue of how to make life easier for older people is growing in importance as well. One researcher, Joe Coughlin, has made it his passion to use technology to help people live longer and live better. WRVO's Catherine Loper spoke with Coughlin, who has roots in upstate New York, when he was in Syracuse this fall.

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4:18pm

Fri December 28, 2012
Technology

Smart phones of the future may be able to identify human emotions

Remember the mood ring? Well the smart phone of the future may be able to identify your mood based on the sound of your voice.

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9:50am

Wed December 26, 2012
Energy

Nearing fiscal cliff, wind industry waits

Sarah Harris NCPR

For wind energy producers, the looming expiration date for the production tax credits, or PTCs, is getting even closer. 

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9:28am

Wed December 26, 2012
Technology

Locally developed GE prototype goes to Smithsonian

Randy Wenner

In the 1950s there were no MP3 players. In fact, there was no way to slip your favorite music into your pocket. But that all changed, thanks to a scientific breakthrough that revolutionized development at one of central New York's largest manufacturers. And the result of that development will now be forever remembered at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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9:06am

Thu December 20, 2012
Technology

RIT invests in technology improvements for the disabled

Fifteen teams of students from the Rochester Institute of Technology, led by faculty, will develop technologies for assisting people with disabilities in the region.

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4:08pm

Mon December 10, 2012
Technology

Seeking more women for computer sciences

The number of women graduating from computer science degrees has more than halved since the 1980s. One computer scientists recently spoke to students at the Rochester Institute of Technology and told them that women have to be included in the field to boost the economy, and to encourage equality.

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5:57am

Sat December 8, 2012
Technology

Optics & photonics Industry growing in upstate NY

The industry around the scientific fields of optics and photonics has a strong presence in upstate New York. Monroe County alone is home to around 50 companies working in the field that is behind things like lasers, smart phones, and the Internet.

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9:42am

Tue December 4, 2012
Technology

Roadkill + technology = new app to track wildlife

Danielle Garneau enters data about a dead skunk on Route 22B outside of Plattsburgh.
Sarah Harris Innovation Trail

We’ve all seen or experienced it – unfortunate wildlife dashes in front of a car at just the wrong time - and its remains splatter across the road. But Danielle Garneau, a wildlife ecologist at SUNY Plattsburgh, says the roadkill we’re likely to see on roads can teach us a lot. She’s using a new smartphone app for citizen scientists.

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8:00am

Sat December 1, 2012
Energy

Expiring tax credits for renewables blow an ill wind

70 new turbines dot the horizon in Clinton, NY.
Sarah Harris NCPR

Over the last decade, new wind farms have changed America’s landscapes – and its power sources. The growth has been spurred by a production tax credit wind companies get in exchange for producing energy. But the credit is due to expire at the end of the year if Congress doesn’t renew it.

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9:00am

Thu November 22, 2012
Technology

IBM grant recognizes Clarkson smart grid researcher

Professor Lei Wu works in his office at Clarkson University.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced New York would invest $250 million to develop smart grid technologies to modernize the state's energy grid. At Clarkson University, the highly regarded science and engineering school in St. Lawrence County, a professor working on smart energy grid systems was just awarded a grant by IBM. The $10,000 prize will help him continue his research, and develop coursework for students to train the next generation to use this hot technology.

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8:00am

Thu November 22, 2012
Technology

Law school program helps bring research to the market, for free

Syracuse University law professor Ted Hagelin lectures during his course on technology commercialization.
Credit NYS Science & Technology Law Center

Law students have often been used to help solve so-called "cold-cases," but criminal law isn’t the only place their skills are being put to use. Syracuse University law school professor Ted Hagelin's class focuses on the cutting edge of technology.

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4:33pm

Thu November 15, 2012
Technology

Biotech company will bring $72 million expansion to the Capital Region

Regeneron Pharmeceuticals, Inc.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a Tarrytown-based biotech company, has announced a $72 million expansion in the Capital Region, which is expected to add 300 new jobs.

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4:39pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Technology

HackerFest highlights new cybersecurity technologies

Cybersecurity and technology companies have converged on upstate New York for the HackerFest technology trade show this week. And new technologies are emerging to step up security and pre-empt the strategies of cyber criminals.

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9:54am

Fri November 9, 2012
Technology

Kodak app aims to attract new users to old technology

Credit Eastman Kodak

Kodak has launched a free iPhone app to help photography enthusiasts in the U.S and Europe work with their film stock.

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1:51pm

Mon November 5, 2012
Innovative Aging Technology

Innovative Aging Symposium

Creating and Sustaining the Academic-Clinical-Business Partnerships that Drive Innovation for Aging in Place

A panel discussion moderated by Catherine Loper, WRVO Director of News and Public Affairs; Thursday, October 11, 2012; IMPARA/Menorah Park, Dewitt, NY

Organized by WRVO Public Media, the SUNY Oswego Metro Center and IMPARA of Central New York

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4:24pm

Fri October 26, 2012
Technology

New fingerprint reader is 100 times more accurate

Sporting multiple generations of its biometric technology, UltraScan CEO John Schneider holds what he claims is his company's holy grail: an ultrasonic chip that produces a more accurate fingerprint.
Daniel Robison Innovation Trail/WBFO

One small upstate tech company is poised for its big break. A few months ago, UltraScan announced a new invention for reading fingerprints that’s up to 100 times more accurate than current methods. The company thinks their invention will fundamentally change how we identify ourselves and pay for purchases.

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1:52pm

Thu October 25, 2012
Technology

Senate's "innovation banks" would help commercialize research

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seen here this summer, is promoting a bill to create "innovation banks".
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, is hoping to build a better bridge between academic research and the commercial market. On Wednesday, Gillibrand stopped in Buffalo and Syracuse to continue stumping for the America Innovates Act. The bill would put $200 million into "innovation banks" that could be then given to researchers to help further develop their inventions.

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4:26pm

Wed October 10, 2012
Technology

Company aims to revolutionize global standards for eye care

A mock up of the digital retinal camera.
Kate O'Connell WXXI

A western New York photonics manufacturing company has received a $973,000 grant from the National Institute of Health. The two year grant awarded to Lumetrics, is for the development of a clinically tested retinal imaging tool prototype.

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10:00am

Sun August 19, 2012
Technology

Radical hearing aid design draws on an unlikely inspiration

Ron Miles holds prototypes of his hearing aid microphone.
Matt Richmond Innovation Trail/WSKG

While the majority of us would be very happy to see out the summer without flies ruining our outdoor dining experience, one particular species of fly has provided the inspiration for a potential breakthrough in the technology of hearing aids. It's not just any old house-fly we're talking about, though.

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