I think affordability is the most crucial factor. If there was a large supply available, I do not know if the disabled veterans would even be able to afford them. With the status of health insurance in this country, it might even be a longshot.
Hats off to DEKA technology. It is great indeed as they helped our soldiers, who lost so much for our country, to be able to have artificial limbs which will be helping them to do their daily chores and bring life back to reality a little bit more. I will say that the DEKA technology has done a big deal for our country by helping our veterans in this way.
Besides artificial limbs, I think the electronics industry has a lot to give to the veterans in terms of innovation. Domestic robots is one popular category of robots which are designed to assist people in their everyday lives at home. This ranges from cleaning and washing to cooking and even reading out the newspaper. These robots can be of real help to disabled veterans.
@Tvotapka, These technology products you pointed out and which Barbara also noted are only a few of the innovations available to veterans. There are many more devices and other technology developments, including drugs and advances in medical care, that veterans and others are using nowadays. As Barbara noted, the least we can do is ensure these are available at affordable costs to people we involve in wars.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.