Innovation Uncovered

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Hosted by the culture critic Kristen Meinzer, “Innovation Uncovered” explores how breakthrough ideas are reshaping reality in extraordinary ways. In Season 2, we’ll learn even more inspiring stories at the intersection of business and technology, with an even greater emphasis on the agents of innovation. Each episode features an in-depth conversation with scientists, inventors or entrepreneurs who are creating large-scale change around the world. Subscribe to “Innovation Uncovered,” a podcast by Invesco QQQ. Invesco Distributors Inc.

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Bringing Hearing Aids Into the Digital Age

Starkey is reinventing hearing aids with artificial intelligence that tracks brain and body health and translates languages in real time. The innovation was deemed impossible a decade ago. Now the high-tech company is transforming how people communicate around the world. This week, Kristen Meinzer sits down with Achin Bhowmik, the chief technology officer and executive vice president of engineering at Minneapolis-based Starkey, to discuss how his team is utilizing science to develop life-changing inventions. Invesco Distributors, Inc.

Dec 01, 2021
This Robotic Quarterback Is Reshaping the Future of Football

At 5 a.m. across college football fields nationwide, receivers are catching balls with uncanny athleticism. Instead of starting QBs initiating the action, however, it’s the Seeker, the world’s first robotic quarterback that passes, punts and kicks. Using software, sensors and motors to track movement, it can hit every route imaginable. By increasing efficiency, reducing risk of injury and enhancing practice time, this innovation is reshaping sports technology. This week, Kristen Meinzer talks with Igor Karlicic and Bhargav Maganti, the founders of Monarc Sports, to discuss their path to developing the Seeker and what the future holds. Invesco Distributors, Inc.

Nov 17, 2021
Innovation Uncovered Returns for Season 2

Some of the most groundbreaking ideas and discoveries are happening around us, transforming how we play, connect, what we consume and more. Join the culture critic Kristen Meinzer for a new season of “Innovation Uncovered.” This season, Meinzer explores new approaches to business and technology with agents of innovation whose work is reshaping our world in extraordinary ways — from a pair of young entrepreneurs who invented a robotic quarterback to the chief executive who’s giving vinyl records a new spin. Stay tuned for so much more this season on “Innovation Uncovered,” a podcast by Invesco QQQ. Invesco Distributors, Inc.

Nov 17, 2021
Dunking With Data

What do rocket science and basketball have in common? Hosts Corey S. Powell and Kristen Meinzer explore how the data revolution has fundamentally altered modern basketball, both on and off the court. Technology used to track missiles is now being adapted to track passes and three-point shots, inform coaches’ calls and help amateur players perfect their practice. Episode Guests: Ivana Seric, Data Analyst for Professional Basketball Team, Gal Oz, SportVu Cofounder, and Alex Wu, Founding Team Member and Vice President of Strategy, MarComm, and Partnerships of HomeCourt. [Invesco Distributors, Inc.]

Aug 24, 2020
The Quest for Perfect

Can special effects in film make reality more … real? Hosts Corey S. Powell and Kristen Meinzer enter the world of movie magic and investigate how it’s changing our perception of reality. Popular films use special effects to alter the appearance of actors, blurring the line between reality and special effects. And especially now when actors and camera crews can’t be in close proximity to one another, innovations in visual effects technology can fill the gaps that physical actors and real-life sets cannot. Episode Guests: Josh Rothkopf, Film Critic, Pablo Helman, Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director of Industrial Light & Magic, Johnny Fisk, Vice President and Head of LA Studio at FuseFX. [Invesco Distributors, Inc.]

Aug 10, 2020
Using V.R. to Help Seniors Thrive

Can V.R. help older people feel more connected to the world — and those who love them? Hosts Corey S. Powell and Kristen Meinzer dive into the new V.R. technology that’s helping seniors feel less isolated. Being lonely and isolated can worsen health conditions when you’re older, studies show, but innovations in virtual travel can provide a tangible sense of connection and love that can mitigate those stressors. Episode Guests: Isaac Lien, Co-Founder, Head of Innovation & Employee Experience at GrandPad, Laura Zettel-Watson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and chair of the Aging Studies Program at California State University, Fullerton, and Kyle Rand, Co-Founder and CEO of Rendevor. [Invesco Distributors, Inc.]

Jul 27, 2020
Music in the Algorithm Age

Can artificial intelligence write pop songs? Hosts Corey S. Powell and Kristen Meinzer discuss how A.I. and algorithms are changing how music is created and shared — and how musicians are adapting. Concerts are happening virtually. Apps are curating playlists that match the speed of your run. And A.I. is helping artists compose song. Episode Guests: Holly Herndon, composer, performer and sound artist and Lars Rasmussen, Co-Founder and CTO of Weav Music. [Invesco Distributors, Inc.]

Jul 13, 2020
Reinventing Life Indoors

A focus on nature is breathing new life into how we design our homes — even our cities. Hosts Corey S. Powell and Kristen Meinzer explore the principles of biophilia: the foundation of a design practice that incorporates the living patterns of the outdoor world into the places where we live and work. Human beings gravitate to nature, studies show, and “natureful” designs improve our mood and wellbeing — a necessity with people spending more time at home. Episode Guests: Bethany Borel, WELL AP, Senior Associate at COOKFOX Architects and Tim Beatley, Professor of Sustainable Communities, Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia and Founder of Biophilic Cities. [Invesco Distributors, Inc.]

Jun 15, 2020
Welcome to Innovation Uncovered

What does innovation mean right now, in light of everything that’s changed — and is still changing? Some of the most groundbreaking ideas and discoveries are unfolding close to home, shifting how we play, what we consume, how we connect. Join science journalist Corey S. Powell and culture critic Kristen Meinzer as they explore what innovation looks like today — and where we’re headed in the future. “Innovation Uncovered” is a new podcast by Invesco QQQ and T Brand at The New York Times. Invesco Distributors Inc.

Jun 01, 2020