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photo of Patti Ruble
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Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that will emphasize the use of technology to assist disabled Ohioans when the state evaluates their needs.

There’s a lot of technology on the market these days that can help disabled Ohioans. Little robots help teach autistic kids to read social cues. Call buttons, monitors and speakers can turn on lights and alert caregivers. And smart wheelchairs with safety sensors can keep people such as Columbus resident Patti Ruble safe.

“This has given me freedom, independence. I can keep on doing my thing with my life,” she said.

TWISTER robot arm
Greg Lee

What started as a “fun hobby project” based on a love of origami may turn into a device with the potential to work in manufacturing, surgery, and even in space.

Kiju Lee,  an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Case Western Reserve University is the principal investigator for a project called TWISTER, short for TWISted TowEr Robot.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says the state can do more with data to improve healthcare and adapt to a changing economy. Kasich highlighted his new budget proposal’s technology plans in an event at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland today.

Kasich’s budget creates a new position: chief innovation officer, who will try to connect Ohio’s education sector with new technologies. That person will lead the new Ohio Institute of Technology, which is budgeted at $750,000 a year.

Photo of Goodyear's IntelliGrip concept tire
GOODYEAR TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY

Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is looking to the future with the development of concept tires for self-driving cars.

The tire maker unveiled its new concepts Tuesday at the Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland.

The tires feature connectivity, adjust to weather and adapt to changing road conditions.

Spokesman Keith Price says reduced driver interaction in the future will call for smarter tires that can react quickly.