Technology http://wesa.fm en How Soon Are 3D Printers Likely to Become a Household Product? http://wesa.fm/post/how-soon-are-3d-printers-likely-become-household-product <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Unless you are&nbsp;a researcher or&nbsp;technology professional, 3D printers are probably an unknown technology for you. But now Home Depot <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/07/16/home_depot_gets_into_3_d_printing_with_makerbot.html">will carry and&nbsp;sell</a> desktop 3D printers.</p><p>Locally, the <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org">Carnegie Library</a> has offered sessions on the basics of how 3D printing works. It’s the latest innovation in high-tech manufacturing for the masses.</p><p>Senior Librarian Wes Roberts runs the Job and Career Education Center at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and said that the <a href="http://www.carnegielibrary.org/events/details.cfm?event_id=106941">3D printing workshops</a> show computing education workshop participants a new world.</p><p>"Providing access to education in this new realm of&nbsp;digital manufacturing. So that was the whole crux. To get people connected we do a lot of classes on general computing, Microsoft Office, but to bring them to this higher tier of creative design, the idea was to kind of welcome people to the new world of technology."</p><p>Despite the already big benefits of the workshop Roberts said that the programs will continue to grow and develop.</p><p>"Moving forward, it's at a pretty beginning stage with this technology, but I think we've got a really good ground work for what we're doing with our children's and our teen programs. So that we'll keep building on it for the adult level and really kind of merge them all together."</p><p>With patents expiring and more companies getting on board with the product, Roberts predicts that the price of 3D printers will drop from thousands of dollars into the&nbsp;hundreds of dollars range.</p><p>But until that time, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Arden </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rosenblatt</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, co-founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based </span><a href="http://www.piecemaker.com"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Piece Maker</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.piecemaker.com"> Technologies</a> said&nbsp;you can create and design items for 3D printing at Piece Maker Technologies.</span> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:13:23 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32944 at http://wesa.fm How Soon Are 3D Printers Likely to Become a Household Product? Peduto and Staff to Participate in Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' Forum Thursday http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-and-staff-participate-reddit-ask-me-anything-forum-thursday <p>From pension plans to Act 47 and dog parks to bike lanes – many Pittsburghers have questions about the future of the city and Mayor Bill Peduto and his staff hope to have the answers.</p><p>That’s why he is taking to popular social media forum Reddit Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the city’s first “Mayor’s Night On(line).”</p><p>Peduto has used Reddit in the past to connect to the community – especially while campaigning – but this is the first time he’s done so as mayor, and this time he’s doing it differently.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:09 +0000 Jessica Nath 32714 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Hosts Roundtable On Maker Movement http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-hosts-roundtable-maker-movement <p>President Barack Obama wants some advice from Pittsburgh’s “maker” community.</p><p>That’s why Mayor Bill Peduto hosted a roundtable Monday afternoon to discuss the achievements and future of the city's “Maker Movement,” which refers to using tools such as 3D printers and computer-aided designs to build everything from circuitry to jewelry.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:55:32 +0000 Jessica Nath 30626 at http://wesa.fm Tech Conference To Bring Developers And Operators Together http://wesa.fm/post/tech-conference-bring-developers-and-operators-together <p>Some of the brightest minds in software development and information technology (IT) will gather in Pittsburgh this week for DevOpsDays.</p><p>The international conference, started in Belgium in 2009, looks to bring tech developers (Dev) and operators (Ops) together to raise the bar on how technological advances can improve people’s lives, such as the development of cloud computing.</p><p>Event organizer Andrew Clay Shafer said the conference brings more well-deserved attention to Pittsburgh’s blossoming high-tech industry.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 29619 at http://wesa.fm Technology In Early Childhood Education Is Here To Stay, Researchers Say http://wesa.fm/post/technology-early-childhood-education-here-stay-researchers-say <p>The use of technology in classrooms is not new, but evolving hardware and broadband accessibility are changing how educators think about those tools in their classrooms.</p><p>At a forum on using technology in early childhood education, hosted Tuesday by the Rand Corporation, the message was clear: Researchers should continue to explore the use of technology in early childhood education, but the focus should be on how to best use it, not whether to use it.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:03:55 +0000 Irina Zhorov 29543 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Technology Council Tries to 'Win the Talent War' http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-technology-council-tries-win-talent-war <p>Nearly one in four workers (23 percent)&nbsp;in the Pittsburgh region is&nbsp;employed by the technology industry comprising about 29 percent of the city’s total wages at $16.9 billion, according to the Pittsburgh Technology Council (PTC).</p><p>To help "win today's talent war" the PTC is introducing several initiatives to assist tech firms in attracting new workers including&nbsp;launching the redesigned online Career Connector. The site claims it's the “largest Pittsburgh region technology-specific job board” with more than 10,000 searchable resumes already available.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Michael Lynch 27534 at http://wesa.fm Google's Ross LaJeunesse on Freedom in the Digital Age http://wesa.fm/post/googles-ross-lajeunesse-freedom-digital-age <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">The internet is used globally by over 2.7 billion people. In the next decade it’s expected that 5 billion people will come online, continuing the change in how we communicate with each other, as well as who controls the internet. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Google Head of Free Expression and International Relations Ross LaJeunesse</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;joined us for a discussion of freedom and power in the digital age.</span> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:04:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25107 at http://wesa.fm Google's Ross LaJeunesse on Freedom in the Digital Age Open Source Design Offers Greater Control Over Personal Gadgets http://wesa.fm/post/open-source-design-offers-greater-control-over-personal-gadgets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the devices we use on a regular basis become more advanced and intuitive to use, they’ve also become easier to personalize. As a result, consumers wield more power over their own technology. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Matthew </strong></span><strong>Casebeer</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Computer Scientist for <span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.maya.com/">MAYA Design</a>, a consulting group that’s focused on simplifying devices and data. He finds that </span><a href="https://opensource.com/open-source-way">open source</a>&nbsp;</span> design benefits <em>all</em> who share information through their devices, not just computer scientists that work on fixing problems for large groups of users.</p><p>He's interested in creating user-friendly <a href="http://www.makerswarm.com/">authoring tools</a> that allow consumers to write their own code. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:33:25 +0000 Katherine Blackley 20367 at http://wesa.fm Open Source Design Offers Greater Control Over Personal Gadgets Tech Conference Aims to Improve Traditional Education, But Connectivity Still an Issue http://wesa.fm/post/tech-conference-aims-improve-traditional-education-connectivity-still-issue <p></p><p>It’s no question that technology has changed the world over the last few decades, from how we shop to how we share our lives. In the U.S., many public school districts are in the process of making major changes thanks to technology. Leaders in education and technology are hoping schools get it right because a lot is at stake.</p><p>In the not-so-distant past it was pretty commonplace to be taught solely out of a text book and worksheets in the classroom – maybe you’d get a video on a sub day. Today, there are many more options thanks to computers, tablets and other smart devices.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:09:51 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20147 at http://wesa.fm What's the Big Deal About Big Data? http://wesa.fm/post/whats-big-deal-about-big-data <p>Day in and day out, we generate data through credit card transactions, mobile Apps, even when we’re commuting to work, we’re generating data. And all of that data has potential uses for the private or public sector.</p><p>This week, some of the leading minds in what’s now called big data gathered in Pittsburgh to talk about ways to utilize this information.</p><p>Jerome Pesenti, Chief Scientist of big data at IBM, <a href="http://pghdataworks.org/big-data/">Pittsburgh DataWorks</a> board member and co-founder of <a href="http://www-01.ibm.com/software/data/information-optimization/">Vivisimo</a>, says he wants to make big data more accessible <em>and </em>make it possible to draw more insight from the data generated. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:16:28 +0000 Katie Martin 19897 at http://wesa.fm What's the Big Deal About Big Data? Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work http://wesa.fm/post/geeks-mission-cmu-grads-engage-technological-humanitarian-work <p>At the Carnegie Mellon University <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/global/education/tcingc/overview.html">Technology Consulting in the Global Community</a> program, students are matched with worldwide non-governmental organizations to assist these humanitarian groups with technological support.</p><p><a href="http://www.ece.cmu.edu/directory/department/faculty/H/Alex_Hills_201.html">Dr. Alexander Hills</a>, senior adviser for the program, has compiled a book of five essays by these young professionals. The book <a href="http://www.ini.cmu.edu/events/2013/09/geeks-mission.html"><em>Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words</em></a>, reflects the students amazing experiences and the impact on the global communities they aid.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, we help people and that&rsquo;s a good thing, but what it does for the student is really, really impressive,&rdquo; he says. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:42:17 +0000 Katie Blackley 17203 at http://wesa.fm Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology http://wesa.fm/post/innovative-concussion-evaluation-technology <p>According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 2 million people each year suffer from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.</p><p>In the sports world, concussions have been in the limelight as athletes come forward with reports of lasting affects from the brain injuries they sustained while playing. As a result, the sports community is becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to properly treat a concussion and gather as much data as possible close to the time of impact.</p><p><a href="http://www.c3logix.com/">C3 Logix</a> is a new, innovative concussion evaluation technology that provides on site data collection at the time of injury, to better aid physicians in diagnosis and treatment. The program is loaded into an iPad and before the season starts, athletes perform a series of neurocognitive tests. The program tracks the athlete’s visual reflexes and their ability to focus on moving objects. Results of these baseline tests can then be compared to data logged in incident reports at the time of suspected brain injury. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:04:43 +0000 Katie Martin 17139 at http://wesa.fm Innovative Concussion Evaluation Technology Military Level Technology Protects Athletes At All Levels http://wesa.fm/post/military-level-technology-protects-athletes-all-levels <p>According to Rob Vito CEO of <a href="http://www.unequal.com/">Unequal Technologies</a>, his company mission is to protect soldiers and athletes from severe blunt force trauma. The idea began ten years ago when, as a professor at Penn State, a student asked Vito, “What if you could make a kevlar vest lighter, thinner and more flexible?”</p><p>Since then, Vito and his company have designed Unequal gear for high profile celebrities such as Sidney Crosby, Troy Polamalu, Michael Vick, Tony Romo and even Tom Cruise. When their material is placed inside a helmet or layered into protective apparel, Vito says it may reduce the severity index of impact by 50 percent. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:08:12 +0000 Kate Martin 16226 at http://wesa.fm Military Level Technology Protects Athletes At All Levels The Thrill Mill: Contributing to Pittsburgh's Business Ecosystem http://wesa.fm/post/thrill-mill-contributing-pittsburghs-business-ecosystem <p>Startup incubators provide entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow their ideas in an affordable space, with resources, mentoring and sometimes funding. They’ve sprung up all over Pittsburgh, especially in East Liberty.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://thrillmill.com/team/">The Thrill Mill</a> and its incubator space, the <a href="http://thrillmill.com/hustle-den/">Hustle Den</a>, is one of the new kids on the block. And while many incubators are focused on technology, Thrill Mill is supporting some diverse innovators.</p><p>For Bobby Zappala founder of the Thrill Mill, it all started when he moved back to Pittsburgh from Washington D.C. in 2006. He says he and his friends wanted to connect with other young people who had interesting business ideas. He says they host regular gatherings which became very popular. Fri, 30 Aug 2013 20:46:07 +0000 Heather McClain 15764 at http://wesa.fm The Thrill Mill: Contributing to Pittsburgh's Business Ecosystem As Technology Advances, 911 Centers Struggle to Keep Up http://wesa.fm/post/technology-advances-911-centers-struggle-keep <p>State lawmakers want Pennsylvanians to be able to contact 911 via Skype on their computers or Facetime on their smartphones, but they haven't figured out how to pay for it.<br><br>A hearing on Tuesday will bring county emergency responders into the mix as lawmakers discuss how to change the funding mechanisms for the statewide network of county-run 911 response centers.<br><br>Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Delaware) said the scheduled end of one revenue source for the centers is prompting the evaluation of the overall funding model.<br> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:27:53 +0000 Mary Wilson 13916 at http://wesa.fm App Certain: Internet Security On Mobile Devices http://wesa.fm/post/app-certain-internet-security-mobile-devices <p>Many parents find it’s important to monitor their child's screen time on the home computer.</p><p>But they may not consider the fact that mobile devices such as smart-phones and tablets are swiftly becoming our most prominently used computers.</p><p><strong>Spencer Whitman</strong>, CEO of <a href="https://www.appcertain.com/"><strong>App Certain</strong></a> says most parents don’t realize what their kids are doing on mobile devices, especially when it comes to apps.</p><p>So App Certain gives parents a window into the behavior of the mobile apps their kids are downloading. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:47:11 +0000 Heather McClain 12288 at http://wesa.fm App Certain: Internet Security On Mobile Devices Pop City Innovation News http://wesa.fm/post/pop-city-innovation-news-0 <p></p><p>Innovative product development and manufacturing is not new in Pittsburgh. Each week, Pop City tech and innovation reporter <a href="http://www.popcitymedia.com/innovationnews/"><strong>Deb Smit</strong></a> has a plethora of companies and concepts to choose from when reporting on the next big thing. Wed, 22 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 9966 at http://wesa.fm Pop City Innovation News Electrical Stimulation Could Zap the Need for Some Physical Therapy http://wesa.fm/post/electrical-stimulation-could-zap-need-some-physical-therapy <p>A study completed at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville could lead to physical therapy sessions being replaced with a device you would use in your home.</p><p>The study was done to see if electrical muscle stimulation, or EMS, is as effective as standard physical therapy in helping patients recover from joint replacement surgery.</p><p>Dr. Michael Levine, the principal investigator, said he wanted to have an alternative treatment for patients.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 19:37:22 +0000 Jared Adkins 7375 at http://wesa.fm CMU Robot Designed to Deal with Disaster, and Some Competition http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-robot-designed-deal-disaster-and-some-competition <p>Imagine this situation: There is a fire in a warehouse creeping toward explosive material.</p><p>But instead of the fire department sending in firefighters, a robot saves the day by moving the material to a safe location.</p><p>A robotics team at Carnegie Mellon University is working to create that robot.</p><p>The team says the robot looks like a monkey and is named CHIMP (CMU Highly Intelligent Mobile Platform).</p><p>The machine is being built to work in human situations with tools normal responders would work with.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:20:22 +0000 Tim Camerato 5030 at http://wesa.fm CMU Robot Designed to Deal with Disaster, and Some Competition PA Lawmaker Wants to Draw Game Developers to the State, Proposes Video Game Tax Credit http://wesa.fm/post/pa-lawmaker-wants-draw-game-developers-state-proposes-video-game-tax-credit-0 <div class="field-item even"><p>Pennsylvania’s film tax credit program is lauded by state and local officials as a success, and one state lawmaker wants to implement a similar tax credit program for another entertainment industry – video&nbsp;games.</p><p>State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) has introduced the Video Game Tax Production Credit bill aimed at attracting game developers to the state. He said the video gaming industry is huge and growing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:17:14 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2476 at http://wesa.fm PA Lawmaker Wants to Draw Game Developers to the State, Proposes Video Game Tax Credit Gavin Newsom on Citizenville http://wesa.fm/post/gavin-newsom-citizenville <p>WESA 90.5 reporter <strong>Kevin Gavin</strong> interviews California Lieutenant Governor and former Mayor of San Francisco <strong>Gavin Newsom</strong> about his book <a href="http://citizenville.com/">Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government</a>. Newsom discusses how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American&nbsp;democracy.</p><p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:54:48 +0000 Heather McClain 1749 at http://wesa.fm Gavin Newsom on Citizenville