Technology

Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

The Autism Simulator

Screen shot from the game Auti-sim.
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Last month, Vancouver hosted the Hacking Health Weekend Hackathon, a place for collaboration between technology experts and health officials from across Canada. A team of three in attendance created a game simulation that elicits understanding and empathy towards those suffering from autism. The first-person indie game is called “Auti-Sim”, and uses 3-D graphics to simulate the horrors of sensory overload. Taylan Kay is a developer behind the thought-provoking indie game, and joins us today.

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Word of Mouth
7:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Breaking Ground In Interplanetary Reconaissance

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The existence of planets outside our solar system was first confirmed in 1992. Since then, nearly 900 extra solar planets have been identified, with NASA’s Keppler Mission detecting more than 18,000 potential planets, including 262 in the so-called “Goldilocks Zone,” or habitable range from the stars they orbit. Now, the American Museum of Natural History is breaking new ground in the observation of far-distant planets using high-tech spectroscopy and software for Project 1640.

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Word of Mouth
6:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

The Right To Print Arms: An Innovation In 3-D Printing

Last week, a Senate judiciary panel approved a measure to reinstate a ban on assault weapons. Those same legislators could have a whole new field of weaponry to contend with: homemade guns. A small, Texas-based company called “Defense Distributed” has been spearheading technological and legal advances behind the 3-D printing technology that could produce guns.

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Word of Mouth
10:27 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Digital Cash Finds Foothold In NH

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A digital currency is getting traction with New Hampshire residents looking for an alternative to the dollar.

 What is Bitcoin?

On the front door of the Pao Café in downtown Newmarket, there’s a familiar collage of credit card stickers - Amex, Discover, Visa - and one that’s not so familiar. It reads: ‘Bitcoin accepted here.'

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Word of Mouth
10:28 am
Tue March 12, 2013

The Vatican's Very Own "Cone Of Silence"

Two people inside a Faraday Cage.
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There was a time when locking the Vatican’s doors was enough to ensure secrecy over the process of choosing a new pope – but with at least seventeen cardinals on Twitter, and who knows how many on Facebook – the church isn’t taking any chances.   The Vatican has now installed something called a “Faraday Cage” – a device sort of like the “Cone of Silence” from the 1960 spy comedy, “Get Smart”, designed to keep what happens in the Vatican… well, in the Vatican. Joining us today to unlock the secrets of the Faraday Cage is Rob Fleischman, Chief Technology Officer at Xero-Cole, and our favorite explainer of all things wired.

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Word of Mouth
11:30 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Touchy Feely Technology

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You may have never heard of a “haptic interface”, but chances are you use one every day.  When your cell phone vibrates in your pocket to tell you someone is calling – that’s a haptic interface.  The visual and audio design of new technologies tend to soak up attention from reviewers and users alike – but recent revolutions in haptics remind us there is another sense gadgets can use to communicate –touch. 

Nathan Hurst is a staff writer for Wired, where he recently wrote about the sensational future of the haptic interface.

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Word of Mouth
10:34 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Falling In Love...With A Robot?

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This past fall we spoke with Robert Ito about the growing phenomenon of human-robot bonding. His article "The Love Bot" was featured in Pacific Standard Magazine. From C-3PO to WALL-E, the loveable robot has long inhabited popular imagination. Robots like the Japanese made "Paro," pillow pets, and vacuum cleaning Roombas are engineered to be social.

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Word of Mouth
10:42 am
Tue January 22, 2013

High Tech Ways To Track Pets

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Today when dogs do a disappearing act, infrared cameras, tracking devices, and social media help owners keep tabs on wandering pets. These security technologies are a growing part of the 56-billion dollars spent annually on America’s pets.


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Word of Mouth
2:15 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Calling Doctor Roboto

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Last week, the FDA approved the first self-navigating communications robot for use in hospitals. The RP-Vita which stands for remote presence virtual independent telemedicine assistant – was created by iRobot and In-Touch. The FDA sanction for the self-guided robot could mark a new era of robotic care in hospitals here in the United States.  Joining us with more on how RP-Vita works is Marcio Macedo, Director of Product Management for iRobot’s remote presence business unit.











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Word of Mouth
1:16 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Word of Mouth 01.12.2013

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The best and brightest segments from our daily program.

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Word of Mouth
10:51 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Adopt a Fire Hydrant, Fix a Pothole...There's an App for That

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The non-profit Code for America brings together coders, artists, and designers to create easy to use applications that address the specific needs of local communities.  Mick Thompson, engineer in residence and 2012 fellow at Code for America joined us to talk about how code and collaboration leads to better lives for citizens.

Word of Mouth
7:54 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Are Video Games Art?

The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently added 14 video games to its permanent collection. Killscreen says they helped.

Killscreen co-founder Jamin Warren explains how, and helps us answer the burning question, are video games art?

Word of Mouth
12:16 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Mourning a Loved One Via the Internet

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The funeral industry is embracing the digital age. Funeral homes are beefing up their websites and social media to include tributes and photographs of the departed.

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Word of Mouth
11:51 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top 3 High-Tech Marriage Busters

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We discussed the quickly-developing market for spousal surveillance technology with Wall Street Journal reporter Jennifer Valentino. You can listen to her interview here:

In the meantime, we were surprised to learn how marriage and divorce are being affected by technology...and how quickly it's all happened:

1) Social Media: Breeding Ground for Evidence

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Word of Mouth
9:31 am
Mon December 3, 2012

The End of Smartphones?

Word of Mouth's favorite explainer of all things wired Rob Fleischman discusses our beloved internet devices and the emerging technologies that may be gearing up to take their spot.

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